Posted on: 25 September 2015Share
If your doctor schedules you for a kyphoplasty procedure, and you can't take too much time off from work, you want to know how you can speed up your recovery after surgery. Kyphoplasty is a specialized procedure that rebuilds, repairs or supports the damaged spinal vertebrae of patients who have osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or injuries to the back. Although your recovery time is relatively low, you can experience discomfort in your back until it completely heals. You can speed up your recovery with kale, kiwi and strawberries. Here's why you need these food items and simple recipes to try them in.
How Can Kiwi, Strawberry and Kale Speed Up Your Recovery?
The soft, rubbery tissue called cartilage supports the bones of your spine. If you lose cartilage due to disease or injury, the bones of your spine collapse. Your surgeon replaced the missing cartilage with surgical cement during your kyphoplasty procedure. However, you can add kale, kiwi and strawberries to your daily diet to strengthen and rebuild the cartilage in your spine. These nutritious foods contain vitamin C and collagen.
Your spine's cartilage depends on vitamin C and collagen for strength. Collagen is one of the building blocks, or proteins, for the connective tissues of your body. The protein keeps the cartilage in your spine from collapsing or breaking down during everyday stress. But conditions that damage your spine's cartilage prevent collagen from developing properly.
Vitamin C plays a critical role in the formation of your body's cells, collagen and immune system. You need all three body systems or tissues healthy to speed up your surgical site's healing and recovery. Adult men need to consume up to 90 milligrams of vitamin C a day, and adult women require 75 milligrams each day.
In addition, kale contains a number of vitamins and minerals that encourage faster healing, including vitamin K. Vitamin K promotes strong soft tissue growth and development, as well as healthy bone formation.
How Do You Enjoy Your Kale, Kiwi and Strawberries?
There are many ways to enjoy kale, kiwi and strawberries each day. But the easiest way is to combine the items together into a delicious smoothie. The smoothie is simple to drink because it won't require too much effort to consume. If you don't have the appetite for solid food because of your surgery, the smoothie helps you obtain the nutrition you need until you can eat better.
For your smoothie, you also need Greek yogurt and fat free milk to give your body additional calcium and raw honey to strengthen your immune system.
Now, here's what you do:
- Wash and slice 2 cups of fresh strawberries into small pieces. If you can't find fresh strawberries in your area because they're out of season, use frozen strawberries instead.
- Wash and slice two ripe kiwi fruits into thin pieces. The peel contains the most nutrients so don't remove it from the kiwi.
- Rinse 1 cup of raw kale under cold water, then dice the leaves into medium-sized pieces.
- Pour 1 cup of ice cold milk and 5 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt to a blender.
- Operate the blender on a medium setting to combine and mix the ingredients.
- Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the mixture.
Pour your smoothie mixture into a tall glass and enjoy. If you prefer to add something more to your beverage, dice 1 cup of raw tofu into small cubes, then place them into the blender before you mix your ingredients. Tofu contains calcium and protein, as well as a soft texture that goes down smoothly when you consume it.
If you need more food ideas to help you recover faster, contact your doctor.