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Surgery Preparation and Recovery - Conditions and Cures with Proven Effective Supplements Listed
Surgery Preparation and Recovery - Conditions and Cures with Proven Effective Supplements Listed

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  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation

Secondary infections

  • Bed sores


  • Nutritional deficiencies that make healing and recovery from surgery more difficult

Recommended Food

  • A modified Mediterranean diet that is low in refined grain products and rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fresh fish is recommended.
  • Prior to and after surgery, protein intake is key.
  • Research has shown one surprising habit that can decrease your hospital stay - chewing gum.
  • Controlled trials have shown that chewing gum after surgery improves bowel-function recovery and decreases the length of hospital stay. The action of chewing activates peristalsis (gut motility).

Foods to Avoid

  • Before and after surgery make sure to avoid sugars and refined carbohydrates that suppress immunity and interfere with tissue healing.
  • Also restrict foods that have a blood-thinning effect, such as garlic and ginger.

** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.

The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help Surgery Preparation and Recovery

The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.

Super Prescription # 1 Homeopathic Arnica Montana Take two pellets of a 200C potency immediately after surgery and again every eight hours for two to three days. Another option is to take a 30C potency immediately after surgery and every four hours for two to three days. It is helpful in reducing tissue swelling, bruising, and pain. It does not interfere with pain medications or antibiotics. It is also helpful for those recovering from plastic surgery.

Super Prescription # 2 Multivitamin/Mineral - LifeSource Product A high potency multivitamin and mineral formula should be taken daily to provide a base of nutrients that promote immunity and tissue health.

Super Prescription # 3 Vitamin C - LifeSource Product Take 1,000 mg two or three times daily after surgery to promote tissue healing.

Super Prescription # 4 Probiotic - LifeSource Product Take at least twenty billion organisms for two weeks preoperatively and for at least eight weeks postoperatively for good immune function and digestive health.

Super Prescription # 5 Whey Protein - LifeSource Product To option would be to take an amino acid blend that supplies all the essential amino acids.

Super Prescription # 6 Glutathione - LifeSource Product

Take 250 mg to 500 mg twice daily to support detoxification from surgery medications and to improve immunity.

Super Prescription # 7 Bromelain or proteolytic enzymes - LifeSource Product Take 500 mg three times daily on an empty stomach after surgery to reduce inflammation. If you are on blood-thinning medication consult with your doctor before using.

General Recommendations

GABA - LifeSource Product A typical dose would be 200 to 300 mg two or three times daily.

This amino acid is quite effective for reducing the anxiety that often flares up preoperatively.

Ashwagandha - LifeSource Product Take 250 mg of an extract twice daily.

This helps replenish the energy and immunity that are depleted from the stress of surgery.

Melatonin - LifeSource Product Take 1 to 3 mg one hour before bedtime.

It helps with insomnia related to pre- and post-surgery stress.

Milk Thistle - LifeSource Product Take 250 to 500 mg three times daily.

This helps promote liver detoxification from the medications used with surgery.

B-Complex - LifeSource Product Take 50 to 100 mg daily.

This supports recovery and energy levels after surgery.

Zinc - LifeSource Product A dose of 25 mg is important to help with wound healing.

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