Wound Care Nutrition
For wounds to heal, your body needs good nutrition. A well-balanced diet that’s high in protein, vitamins, and minerals is very important to maintain healthy skin and grow new tissue.
If, for some reason, you can’t eat a normal diet, please be sure to tell your wound care team about it. Your nurse will discuss more details with you about your diet.
Wound care nutrition guidelines put an emphasis on:
- Fluids: Extra fluids are important for normal cell function and healing. Aim to drink at least six to eight cups of water, milk, juice, or other fluids daily. Limit intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Oral medications can be taken with a full glass of water.
- Vitamins and minerals: Your skin requires many vitamins and minerals in order to heal properly. A diet rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and magnesium is especially important for this process. We recommend you take a vitamin and mineral supplement every day. Your doctor will prescribe a daily vitamin and mineral supplement.
- High protein foods: Protein is the building block for new cells and wound repair. It prevents muscle loss. A body low on protein pulls protein from muscle tissue, making you weaker. Include at least one serving of high protein food, such as meat and dairy products, at each meal and snack. Adding protein powder or liquid to food or beverages is another great option.
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