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Wounds - How to heal them faster naturally.
To heal properly, the body must be nourished properly so make sure you are following a wholesome diet that includes a variety of fresh fruits, brightly colored vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. A healthy body is better able to deal with small crises such as minor wounds and diseases. A few natural supplements can give the body extra support during the healing process.
Once your wound is properly cleaned and bandaged, add a bit of extra protein to your diet. Protein is the building block of tissues, providing amino acids, in particular, the amino acid arginine. Arginine creates tissue-building collagen. Protein also maintains the immune cells and helps prevent infection.
It is easy to up your protein with a bit of extra protein-rich food or even a sprinkling of protein powder added to your cereal or a glass of milk.
Adequate Vitamin C is needed for the healing of wounds. Vitamin C also helps prevent infection. For diabetics, infections are often a problem, as are poorly healing wounds. An additional 500mg of vitamin C daily during the healing process is well worth considering.
Zinc taken orally may help support the immune system and heal literally from the inside out. Zinc is worth considering for the elderly, vegetarians, and those whose diet consists mostly of processed foods. Females need at least eight mg of zinc daily and males need nine mg daily.
Honey has been used as a topical treatment for wounds since ancient times. There is evidence to show that honey is beneficial for the healing of wounds. It has also proven beneficial in the treatment of ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, radiation and chemotherapy-induced skin reactions, minor burns and postoperative wounds. Medical grade honey is sterilized by gamma irradiation and can inhibit the growth of some antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Speak to your doctor about the possible benefits of honey for your specific condition.
The combination of extra protein, vitamin C, zinc, and possibly honey, can speed the healing of chronic or difficult wounds as well as the healing of pressure ulcers. Always drink plenty of water.
Always consult your physician if you have any concerns about the healing of a wound. See your physician immediately if you develop a fever, if there is a discharge of pus around the wound area, if there is increased pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness of the wound, if there are red streaks extending out from the affected area, if the lymph nodes become swollen, or if the area around the wound feels warm.
A healthy body will always help a wound heal. An addition of some extra protein, vitamin C, zinc, and honey, will help it heal even faster.