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Nutrition Is a Very Important Part of Wound Healing

Eating the right foods can help your wound heal. To heal your wound, your body will need to use more calories. Your body will need protein. It will use Vitamin A and C, and sometimes the mineral Zinc.

It is important you eat a variety of foods to help your wound to heal. Choose MyPlate.gov is a good tool for you to use. It tells you about different food you should eat. It tells you the number of servings you should eat. It is important to eat foods from each of the different food groups every day.

Your doctor may put you on a special diet. The diet may include vitamins or supplements. Follow your doctor’s diet instructions. This will help your wound to heal and prevent complications. Most diet instructions are based on Choose My Plate information.

If you are not eating well:
Try eating five to six small meals per day. Try eating smaller meals and snacks between meals to help your nutrition. Some examples of good snack choices are listed below:

  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Glass of Milk
  • Cottage Cheese and Fruit
  • Fruit
  • ½ Small Sandwich
  • Milkshakes
  • Peanut butter on Crackers or Celery
  • Fruit
  • Juice