Post Shoulder Surgery or Injury – Diet and Healing

Diet and Healing

There are a bucketful of diets today, all touting superiority to the health benefits they provide. I personally recommend the Mediterranean Diet as outlined in Dr. Andrew Weil M.D.’s book, “Eating Well for Optimum Health”. The diet emphasizes the daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and nuts. Starchy items such as breads, pasta, rice and potatoes are a part of the diet as long as taken in moderation. The diet gives more emphasis to cheeses, yogurt, fish, poultry and eggs than red meat. This Mediterranean diet adheres to nutritional recommendations and is associated with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and obesity. It also has the proper balance of micro and macronutrients needed for optimum healing.

I know that there are some diets recommending pure protein consumption with very little glucose (sugar) intake. I do think that these diets are acceptable for temporary or quick weight loss, but do not use these when trying to heal an injury. You need protein, fat (preferably mono-unsaturated fats) and carbohydrates to heal and rebuild your body after an injury or surgery. I recommend fruit, vegetables, pasta, bread, chicken, eggs and fish as mentioned above. One can also increase protein intake by taking a supplement protein drink with your meals. I personally like Promasil, which has 24 grams of protein in each serving. I also add 10 grams of powder Glutamine, which is essential for muscle repair and improving the immune system.

This resource has been provided by Edward Seade, M.D. as general information only. Additional information can be found by visiting our clinic. Please call for an appointment at 512-583-0219

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