Lesson 6: Good Nutrition to Help You Heal

Following the diet and medication recommendations for diabetes is very important if you have it. If your wounds aren’t getting better, talk to your dietitian or other health care provider.

Your body has to work harder when you get hurt or have a cut or wound. To get better, your body will need more calories and nutrients, which will come from eating the right foods. This will help your body get better. Nutrients and foods that help you get better include:

  • Protein

A building block for muscle and skin repair is protein, which is made up of many different types of amino acids. It also helps your body fight off infections and stay healthy. Eat three to four times a day. At least 3 to 4 ounces is what you need for one serving. There are a lot of good sources of protein: – Lean animal meat like beef, pork, chicken, or fish.
– Dried beans, peas, lentils, or tofu
– Cheese, yogurt, or eggs can be made with cheese.

  • Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates give your body the energy it needs to heal.
Good choices:
-Whole-grain breads and cereals
There are a lot of different kinds of fruits and vegetables.
– Vitamin A-rich foods, such as bright orange fruits and vegetables, and dark green, leafy vegetables, are good for your body and help you stay healthy.
-Vitamin C in citrus fruits and peppers and tomatoes and strawberries and cantaloupe is good for you.

  • Milk and Dairy

These are good sources of carbs and protein, so they’re good for you. Dairy is good for you unless your doctor tells you not to eat it. Make sure you get at least three servings a day.
One cup of milk or yogurt is a serving, so one cup is one serving. Soy milk can be used in place of regular milk.

  • Water

Draining wounds lose a lot of fluid. Water comes in to replace the fluid that is lost. Drink about 6 to 8 cups of water each day unless your doctor tells you to drink less.

  • Eat a balanced meal

You can get all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy from eating well-balanced food. Do not skip the chance to eat lean red meats, fortified cereals, or dark green leafy vegetables every day. If you don’t eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, your doctor or dietitian might suggest taking a multivitamin every day. Only take other vitamins or minerals if a doctor or nurse has recommended them. If you need more help getting enough calories and protein in your diet, talk to a dietitian who can help you.