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Beneficial Foods - Best Way to Heal Faster from Surgery


Healthy Diet For Surgery Recovery

Some foods give us more benefit than just calories. The foods listed have the following benefits. Use this as a guide to improve your health and recovery from surgery!

Omega – 3 Fatty Acids

  • Improve heart health
  • Reduce risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Improve brain function
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Metabolism
  • Ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is 1:1
  • EPA is beneficial for heart health (wild fish, seaweed, algea)
  • DHA improves brain function (synthesized from EPA)
  • ALA does not decrease inflammation (nuts, seeds, vegetable oil)


  • Potent anti-inflammatory compounds derived from plant sources
  • Curcumin – active ingredient in Turmeric
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Anti-arthritic effects
    • Anti-diabetic effects
    • Anti-cancer effects
    • Anti-depressant
    • Cardiac protection
    • Neuroprotective effects
    • Inhibits formation of beta amyloid (Alzheimer’s Disease)
    • Decreases joint pain
  • Cocoa
    • Improves glucose tolerance
    • Reduces blood pressure
    • Reduces cholesterol
    • Improves platelet activity
    • Improves endothelial function
    • Optimal dose: 1 tablespoon per day of dark, unsweetened 70% cacao
  • Green Tea
    • Cancer prevention
    • Cardiac protection
    • Neuroprotective effects
    • Weight loss
    • Anti-diabetic effects
    • Darker teas have higher polyphenol content


  • Healthy gut bacteria
  • Help with food digestion and gut health
  • Fermented foods, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchee, yogurt
  • To maintain a healthy digestive tract, a probiotic with one to two million CFUs is recommended.

Combining the correct Physical Therapy appointments along with the proper diet can get you feeling amazing much more quickly.  Contact us for more information on the best ways you can heal faster when recovering from surgery.  Our doctors and therapists can help! 

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