Will eating more protein and drinking extra fluids help my healing process?

Will this speed up my recovery?

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Will eating more protein and drinking extra fluids help my healing process?

Thank you for your excellent question. It is always important to maintain a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources to give your body the necessary building blocks to heal after any injury or surgery.  As surgery places your body into a breakdown state for the first few days it is important to maintain your nutrition until your body rebuilds itself.  Hope this helps.


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Healing process

Protein is very important during the healing process as it provides energy for your body to recovery.   On occasion, we occasionally recommend supplemental vitamin C and Zinc to facilitate healing, too.  However, if you have a healthful diet, significant supplementation with protein is probably not necessary.  Drinking fluids, especially water, is essential for good skin health.  

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