10 Foods That Will Help You Heal After Surgery (Slideshow)

Foods fuel our bodies and help us to function at our best. There are plenty of nutritious foods and superfoods that we should incorporate into our daily diets, but some foods have specific nutrients and vitamins that help our bodies to heal, particularly after surgery. These foods help our bodies to recuperate after daily functions and give our bodies the right nutrients to help us heal and get back to our fully functional selves.


Almonds are high in vitamin E, which is thought to play a role in wound healing and building scar tissue.



Beans are high in iron. Iron is important for creating new blood cells. These can help you bounce back after surgery.


Poultry and Lean Meats

These meats are high in protein. After surgery, muscle tissue is damaged, moved, or manipulated. Your body will attempt to repair this muscle. To do so it will require a lot of protein.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus is high in vitamin C which has been shown to be helpful in the repair of collagen and soft tissue. It has also been postulated that vitamin C can minimize the chance of over sensitizing your nerves.



Often neglected, water is critical to maintaining hydration. This will help minimize feelings of nausea, fatigue, and light headedness.


Mushrooms are high in vitamin D, which promotes bone healing.



Zinc is important for healing and energy after surgery. Seafood can help you get your daily allowance of zinc.


Sweet Potatoes

Vitamin A, found in sweet potatoes, is important for a healthy immune system and cell growth. Both of these are important after surgery to fight any possible infections and heal efficiently. 


Whole Grains

These foods can be a fantastic source of fiber. The fiber will help you move your bowels and minimize the chance of constipation. Constipation is a common source of discomfort after surgery and with pain medications.


Yogurt and Cottage Cheese

Anesthetics, antibiotics, and painkillers can wreak havoc on your bowels. High in calcium and probiotics, yogurt and cottage cheese can help regulate your gastrointestinal system.