Does Protein Help You Heal Faster After Surgery?
What you eat plays a role in building new cells and repairing injured ones. Because it is present in every cell, protein is one macronutrient you especially need. Functions
Protein plays a variety of functions in your body, some of which are specific to healing post-surgery. For example, protein is responsible for building white blood cells and immunoglobulins, types of cells that are necessary for immune system function. The healthier your immune system is, the more equipped you are to heal following surgery. Protein also is the major component of skin and muscle tissue. Collagen, the substance in your skin responsible for building scar tissue, is made chiefly from protein strands. By having enough protein in your diet, your body can create the scar tissue that will repair your incision post-surgery.
Always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet following surgery.
Here’s a recipe to get you started:Eggs in Rings
- 1-2 red, green, orange, or red bell peppers, & a large red onion
- whole eggs
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Red pepper flakes to taste.
- Slice the bell peppers, and onions into 1/2, to 3/4 inch rings. Use a sharp knife to make clean cuts (to better hold the egg in place). Remove all of the the white inner flesh and seeds.
- Heat a large skillet to a nice medium heat and coat with a few drops avocado, olive, or coconut oil.
- Let the pan heat up before adding the rings.
- Place the veggie rings in the middle of the pan. Allow the rings to cook and brown lightly before adding the egg, maybe a minute or two. Turn the rings over a few times so both sides cook evenly.
- Very gently crack one egg into the middle of each ring.
- Cook over med-low heat until yolks firm and egg whites harden and are no long translucent.
- Add optional toppings at the last minute.
- Spray the bottom of your spatula with non-stick coconut oil spray. Slide it underneath pepper ring.
- Lift carefully from the skillet and onto your plate.