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5 healing vitamins and minerals post hysterectomy

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We all know that diet and nutrition play an important role in our ongoing health and well-being; after all we’ve seen the reports about salt, fat, sugar and all the other nasties over the year’s.  What’s worrying though is when what we thought was bad turns out to be good (in moderation) and vice versa. Those foods we’ve been avoiding all these years, because they were the worst thing we could eat, are in fact an essential part of a health diet. So, this post is designed to help you understand five healing vitamins and minerals you can find find in every day essentials to eat (and drink) after a hysterectomy that help with your recovery and allow your body to heal thoroughly. And we’ll focus on the foods that contain the highest vitamins and minerals known to help healing.

Vitamin A is found in all dark green and orange vegetables so it’s worth thinking about carrots, sweet potatoe and green peppers – great for salad in these ‘sunny’ summer days!

Vitamin C is, we all know, present in oranges and lemons, but can also be found in berries, potatoes, apples and melons too.

Vitamin D promotes bone health and is mostly produced by being outdoors in sunlight. However, in the UK we don’t get enough sunlight for most of the year, and wrapping up warm in the Winter also reduces our exposure. So dosing up on milk, fish, eggs and fortified cereals such as cornflakes may be a good idea.

Vitamin K is essential to promote blood clotting after surgery and can be found in those green leafy vegetables like cabbage and kale, fish, liver and some vegetable oils.

Finally, Zinc, one of the most important minerals needed by the body for wound healing can be found in seafood, diary foods and beans.

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Do you have a recipe that’s high in one or more of these vitamins or zinc? If so, let me know by emailing info@hysterectomy-association.org.uk and we’ll pop it on the website.

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