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Help a bad-healer heal after major surgery

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 26, 2012 at 4:22 AM

I'm looking for any nutritional boosts that might help my insides heal from a hysterectomy and partial oopharectomy (minus at least one ovary) AND some additional cutting to remove other bad tissue. I've always been a bad healer - minor wounds tend to get stubbornly infected, my skin scars easily - but I have a good regimen for that. I'm concerned about internal healing. I know from previous surgeries that I already have a lot of adhesions in my gut.

FWIW I'm early 30s, primal, celiac w/ 4 years GF.

I'm planning on freezing healthy meals and stock to eat when I'm healing. Can you suggest any other interior-wound TLC? I was considering picking up some gelatin and turmeric to sneak into as many meals as possible. Can you think of anything else?

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on December 26, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I'm not good at eating organs. Good reminder. I'll have to go read the posts on here about "sneaking" them into meals. And egg yolks keep coming up here - I know what I'll stock the fridge with right before surgery! :) I didn't think about the veggies. I normally have a couple of jars fermenting at any given time. Another thing to stock up on in advance. I'm putting together a list of all the things I need to do to be ready... Thanks!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on December 26, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Oh, wow. I won't be able to tolerate that - my gut is already on the Very Cranky side for the reasons I'm having surgery. But it's interesting to consider the C in my diet. And deep breathing is ALWAYS a great reminder. It's gotten me through a lot of bad pain days.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on December 26, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I'm going to make some great "random parts broth" to freeze - I have no issues with that! I love the egg yolk idea - avoglemono is one of my very favorite soups! I've never sprung for the CLO/BO before. Cost always gets me. But this is a good excuse, right? I only get one chance to heal up nicely.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on December 26, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Interesting - I grew up with cattle but have never heard of colustrum supplements. I'm going to Google that! I've got a freezer full of salmon, smoked and raw. I can work on the smoked stuff until I am ready to cook a bit. The lifting limit is going to be a pain for a while.

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on December 26, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Excellent excuse to make and freeze some onion and garlic soup! Great to know. Thank you!

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on December 26, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Take a Collagen supplement or consume a lot of bone broth. Vitamin A and K2 are also super important, so make sure you eat some liver.

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on December 26, 2012
at 04:57 AM

Sulfur. Lots of garlic and onion. It is good for healing and promoting collagen replenishment, whether for scars in particular or in general for healing.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on December 26, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Excellent excuse to make and freeze some onion and garlic soup! Great to know. Thank you!

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on December 26, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Bovine colostrum supplements in high doses helps the body repair tissues and heal. It can be quite expensive, but i used it after my hernia surgery and it helped a ton. Surthrivals and Immune Tree Colostrum are high quality brands. Lots of omega 3 rich foods like fish, seafoods and organic omega 3 enriched eggs, pastured beef to reduce inflammation. Eat less overall PUFA. Rest a lot. Sleep as much as you need.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 26, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Interesting - I grew up with cattle but have never heard of colustrum supplements. I'm going to Google that! I've got a freezer full of salmon, smoked and raw. I can work on the smoked stuff until I am ready to cook a bit. The lifting limit is going to be a pain for a while.

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on December 26, 2012
at 05:41 PM

5000 mg of vitamin c every day for a few weeks b4 and after surgery. I did this before my c-section and doctors were amazed how quickly I healed. Also lots of deep breathing.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 26, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Oh, wow. I won't be able to tolerate that - my gut is already on the Very Cranky side for the reasons I'm having surgery. But it's interesting to consider the C in my diet. And deep breathing is ALWAYS a great reminder. It's gotten me through a lot of bad pain days.

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on December 26, 2012
at 02:56 PM

You might want to consider getting some Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter blend as a supplement during healing.

Lots of bone broth. And by bone broth I also mean skin, tendon, chicken feet and other random parts broth. If you can't, adding gelatin to things can help, but it is not as diverse in nutrient and amino acid profile.

Egg yolks. (Wisk a few in a bowl and slowly add heated bone broth and salt for a yummy, healing, easy to digest food)

Liver.

If you are having a hard time getting enough food, due to pain or nausea, make what you get in really count. Look for very nutrient dense food.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 26, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I'm going to make some great "random parts broth" to freeze - I have no issues with that! I love the egg yolk idea - avoglemono is one of my very favorite soups! I've never sprung for the CLO/BO before. Cost always gets me. But this is a good excuse, right? I only get one chance to heal up nicely.

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on December 26, 2012
at 08:46 AM

Organ meats, like slow cooked beef tendons, stocks cooked from beef knuckles and oxtail (even more connective tissue and minerals. Lamb liver and kidney for just about everything, kidneys for minerals and Vitamin K2, bone marrow cooked in low temperature. Some canned cod liver (vit A, D, K2 and E (much better than the actual oil made out of it flavourvise). If you have access to burbot liver, its the best stuff, incredible nutritions and creamy fatty flavour. Sort of ethical foie grass. Fish roes, its like fish in terms of nutrion but everything much higher, even vitamin c, K2 and e. Steamed wild salmon heads. Alot of good egg yolks. Homemade fermented vegetables.

I eat this stuff all the time.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 26, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I'm not good at eating organs. Good reminder. I'll have to go read the posts on here about "sneaking" them into meals. And egg yolks keep coming up here - I know what I'll stock the fridge with right before surgery! :) I didn't think about the veggies. I normally have a couple of jars fermenting at any given time. Another thing to stock up on in advance. I'm putting together a list of all the things I need to do to be ready... Thanks!

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