Healthy Practices 5 Tips to Understanding the Healing ProcessAfter an injury or serious surgery, the body has to be allowed to heal. There are certain things you can do to help the process. Below are five tips to help you understand the healing process.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

Make sure to consult your doctor about exactly what activities you can partake in. The answer will depend on the specific surgery you had or injury you sustained. However, as a general rule, you don’t want to be performing any strenuous activities. If you are a basketball lover, maybe consider playing NBA video games for a while instead of hitting the court. You could re-injure yourself.

Save the Diet for When You’re Healthy

You may be used to dieting to keep off the pounds. When you’re body is healing, however, you need to be consuming fuel to rebuild tissues and strengthen bones. This does indeed include a good serving of fat. Fatty acids are required for tissue to heal. Proteins are also very important. So consider consuming decent servings of animal meats. Save the calorie counting for after your recovery.

Take Your Medicine

Doctors prescribe medicine for a reason. It is often required for healing. For example, you need to take medication after surgery in many cases to stave off infection. Not taking the prescribed medication could lead to serious health problems and the reversing of some of the gains made by your body’s natural healing processes.

Use Medical Aids When Needed

You may need to use certain medical aids to help you complete the healing process without re-injuring yourself. A common example is a cast that allows a bone to mend itself uninterrupted. In other cases, you may have to use medical balloons while your organs heal and return to normal. A catheter balloon may be required remove urine from your bladder for up to a couple weeks after surgery.

Relieve Your Stress

Studies have shown that stress can physically manifest itself in the body. You do not want this when you’re trying to heal. Try to relax. This may require meditating or simply enjoying your favorite television show. Don’t be afraid to take time off of work. Your physical health is more important than any job.

Letting your body heal requires patience. It could take weeks or even months. However, you should stay the course until your body has finished the healing process. Consult with your doctor to determine the best ways to allow your body to heal.

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