The Importance of Nutrition in Wound Healing

Wounds can happen for a variety of reasons. Whether your wound is from a disease, disorder, or injury, you need to care for the wound in order for it to heal. Part of caring for your wound is actually eating a nutritious diet. Keep reading to learn the importance of nutrition in wound healing.
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A proper diet includes both macronutrients and micronutrients. Consuming both of these types of nutrients can assist in the healing of wounds. If you are not including these nutrients in your diet, you may be malnourished, which can weaken your immune system and make it harder for your wounds to heal. 

In order to better understand nutrition and wound care, medical professionals looked to the 16th to 18th century. During this time, it is estimated that nearly 2 million sailors died of scurvy. Scurvy is a disease caused by a deficiency in vitamin C. When an individual has scurvy, they have poor collagen production and their friable blood vessels can hemorrhage. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain high levels of natural vitamin C. During the 16th and 18th centuries, sailors were only eating salted meat and biscuits. This meal, known as hardtack, lacked fresh fruits and vegetables. When sailors went too long without fresh fruit and vegetables, they manifested scurvy.

Scurvy is no longer a popular disease, but studying scurvy can help us understand the value of a nutritious diet. If you have a wound, you want to make sure your diet is balanced and healthy to avoid health conditions like scurvy. Eating healthy foods can also help your immune system fight to protect itself. A strong immune system can help your wounds heal faster. A strong immune system can also reduce your risk of infection during the wound-healing process.

Another key part of healing your wounds is using the proper medical tools. Certain bandages are designed exclusively for certain types of wounds. Using these bandages can speed up the healing process and prevent infection. You also want to use ointments, creams, and other doctor-recommended applicants to help your wound heal. Whether you need a wound wrap or ointment, shop with Sarasota Medical Products. You can call us at 941-377-1451 with any questions or visit our location at 1451 Sarasota Center Boulevard in Sarasota, Florida.