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Nutrition post Achilles surgery

I’m fortunate to know a friend who is a Nutritionist. Upon finding out of my injury and that I just undergone Achilles surgery, she came by to help me understand what I had to do to maximize my healing.

1) Protein

From WebMD – “Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.” Simply, protein aids your body to repair the Achilles and the surrounding tissues. During this time I made extra effort to eat things such as eggs, meats such as chicken, steak, fish, edamame beans, peanut butter, and took on protein shake every night before I went to sleep. The protein shake I started using is available from Trader Joes.

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2) Omega-3 and DHA

I was recommended to take food high in Omega-3 such as salmon but can also take supplements such as fish oil. According to WebMD, “the human body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, we have to get them from our diet.” Omega-3 will help lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels which will aid in increased blood flow and help prevent inflammation.

Food that are rich in Omega-3 are cold water fish, soy beans, flaxseeds, and tofu. For this, I took in supplements and bought Chia seeds, which are high in Omega 3, protein, and fiber and added it to my oatmeal which I usually take at least 3 times a week. The DHA supplement, I bought from Amazon.

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3) Multi vitamin

I was also recommended to take in a multivitamin. The type was not important as long as the major vitamins and minerals were covered. I took a typical multivitamin for men. Sometimes, I would cheat and take on

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4) Lastly, avoid alcohol

This wasn’t explicit but I have been avoiding alcohol throughout my recovery. I think I had 2 glasses of wine during Christmas which was 2 months removed from surgery. I have long stopped taking pain medication. There should be no alcohol while taking the pain meds and as long as my Achilles was healing, I did not take any alcohol at all.