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Foods to Eat After Circumcision to Help Recovery
Like any other type of surgery, our body’s ability to heal quickly and with the best results relies on the post-operative care and diet it receives directly after an operation. Knowing what foods to eat after circumcision can help the body to reduce inflammation, maintain a healthy immune response, and heal faster while certain foods can have the opposite effect and may slow down the healing process by causing inflammation and other negative effects for the healing process.
Due to how common circumcision procedures are in all of our communities here in Malaysia, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, we thought that it would be useful to share a definitive list of the foods to eat after circumcision to help recovery.
Berries and Antioxidant Fruits
Foods such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are packed with high levels of vitamin C which has been shown to help in the skin production process. Along with high levels of vitamin C, berries also contain high levels of antioxidants which help to encourage the healing process on the cellular level. You should also include other antioxidant-rich foods such as grapes, goji berries, and pomegranate.
Fish Oils and Healthy Fatty Foods
While junk food that is deep-fried and soaking in unhealthy fats should be avoided, remember that eating foods that contain healthy fats is essential for the healing process after circumcision so that the soft tissues can heal effectively with minimal scarring while boosting the immune system. These foods include oily fish such as salmon along with healthy fat-containing foods like avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds, and coconut. Eating a healthy amount of any of these foods also helps the body to absorb all of the vitamins and minerals that it needs from your diet.
Vegetables Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Whether it is in a smoothie or a particular dish that you like, there is no denying that vegetables, and in particular leafy greens, play an important role in the healing process. Kale, spinach, bok choy, and romaine lettuce all contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, and other vegetables like carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, and sweet potatoes are great in your daily diet too.
Foods Containing Protein and Iron
There are some great foods for ensuring that you maintain a healthy intake of iron and protein regardless of if you don’t eat pork or are completely vegetarian. Our body breaks down proteins into amino acids which are essential for the reconstruction of tissues, and iron helps boost our energy levels and the production of blood cells.
Iron and protein can be found in foods such as chicken, seafood, lentils, beans, nuts, eggs, and tofu, so regardless of your dietary needs, there is going to be an easy source available to you. And remember that we can also add protein to our diet in the form of a protein powder that is added to a smoothy or other food.
Eggs in particular are a great food when the body is healing, since along with protein and iron, they also contain B complex vitamins, vitamins A, E and K, calcium, zinc and much more all packed underneath their shell.
Probiotics give your body access to healthy bacteria that is essential for maintaining the health of your gut for digesting food as well as for fighting off infections, working directly alongside your immune system to make sure that everything in the healing process goes smoothly.
Great sources of probiotics include yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and our personal favorite, kefir. A daily dose of one of these sources of probiotics will help to ensure that the body can fight off infections and also maintain a healthy gut flora so that food can be easily digested.
Wholegrains and Fiber
After circumcision and any other surgery for that matter, it is vital to make sure that we are eating enough fiber to prevent constipation and ensure healthy digestion. Wholegrain foods such as wholegrain cereals, pasta, and bread provide both fiber and carbohydrates necessary for maintaining our body’s energy levels, and we can get fiber from fruits like pears, melon, orange, and from vegetables like carrots, sweetcorn, peas, beans, and broccoli.
Artificially Flavored Foods
Our diet is important to our health- and that means it’s important for us to know what foods are healthy. We also need to understand how different food types can impact the body differently, like in the case of circumcision.
If you are interested in learning more about how your diet can affect your health, or if you want to know some of the foods that should be avoided after circumcision surgery, please click on our blog. We offer a range of helpful articles and links for people who have questions about food and their body. You may also leave us a comment below with any thoughts or concerns.
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