Healthy cooking is often about planning ahead.
If you’ve put any time into trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you likely know just how important the proper foods can be. What we consume on a daily basis can have a huge impact on our personal health, from lowering blood pressure and maintaining the immune system to preventing certain diseases and other medical conditions.
It’s not just about the nutritious fruits and vegetables that you consume but how these foods are prepared that can make all the difference.
Dark chocolate is full of copper, one of many nutrients that aid the wound healing process.
Nutrition is an important component of an effective wound care regimen. On the one hand, there is a veritable pantry of foods that promote wound healing, like tomatoes, chocolate and broccoli. Similarly, vitamins and nutrients prove just as beneficial in promoting healing. For instance, vitamin A helps control the inflammatory response, while vitamin C helps create collagen that forms new tissue structures. Those are just some of the many vitamins and nutrients available.
Some foods, like turmeric spice, can influence your wound healing capabilities.
By now you might be well aware of foods that actively improve wound healing. For instance, tomatoes bolster a strong immune system, while kale and yogurt can help fight off infection. At the same time, not all foods are good for you, and some can impede your wound care regimen. Knowing what not to eat can be tricky, and not everyone might have the same dietary restrictions.
Proper foot care is of the utmost importance for diabetic patients.
Diabetic patients face a number of painful side effects. The more common ailment is foot ulcers, in which skin in and around the toes begins to crack and tear, leading to pain and the risk of infection. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, somewhere between 14 percent and 24 percent of all diabetic patients will develop foot ulcers. Not only that, but as the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Effective Health Care Program pointed out, foot ulcers can double the costs usually associated with diabetes management.
Cauliflower is one of many foods perfect for fighting infections.
When you have a wound, it’s as if a foreign army has invaded your body. When it comes to defending itself, your body has a rather effective army in place: the immune system. Referring to a number of processes and structures, this system finds, identifies and then targets certain bacteria and pathogens that stem from the wound. However, to keep your immune system up to snuff in the war that is wound care, you need to fuel it with the right foods.