Pre and Postoperative Nutrition for Speedy Healing – Part One

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Surgery in any form is invasive and comes with risks. Whether it’s an elective surgery or emergency situation, what’s done before–if possible, and after can make a huge difference to how you feel and heal.

Two weeks ago, my partner had knee replacement surgery. He’s young to have it done, so is aware of doing everything right so that his replacement lasts as long as possible as they typically have a life of about 15 years. He’s going to live longer than 15 years!

He was a very willing patient with an openness to what I had planned and had researched to support his body to a speedy recovery.

 

 

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Is yogurt the best source of probiotics?

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Probiotics are “good” bacteria that survive digestion and reach our intestines. They can be found in fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha and a supplement; pill or powder. They’re a bit like water soluble vitamins – go in and do their job and then get excreted, although we don’t ever lose the billions that we have, a bunch go down the toilet with a bowel movement, so they need to be constantly replenished.

Antibiotics are a different story, they are after bacteria to kill off and while we want them to kill whatever bacteria is making us sick, they also kill our good bacteria or probiotics. Replenishing is key.

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My Top Five Tips for a successful Nutrition Month in March

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To celebrate Nutrition Month, here are my top five tips to better health over the month of March (and beyond!)

Hydrate

Your body works better when you’re hydrated. Water is needed to flush internal garbage (we have lots to get rid of) through the kidneys, and then out of your body. Your blood is 92% water when hydrated, which keeps your blood moving freely through veins and arteries. The first step for high or low blood pressure is a large glass of water! To run on all cylinders, for maximum energy, hydration is essential. Every cell in your body needs water and won’t function as it should without it. Trying to balance weight is difficult as you can get mixed messages about hunger versus needing a big glass of water because you’re dehydrated. When our cells are depleted of water, they cannot create the energy we need to function, and so they send a signal to the brain that you’re hungry. Quite simply, dehydration can lead to overeating.

Do: drink at least 2L of water a day. Coffee, juice and soft drinks don’t count.

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Jerry Agar’s Diet Makeover!

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Last Friday, I started NewsTalk1010’s Jerry Agar on his new eating program and so far he has been doing great! He’s been ready for this for about a month and as I highlighted on the show last week, when you’re ready to make a change, the follow through and success is much better than if someone tells you to make a change. I’m proud of him and grateful to be on this journey with him. No one ever regretted eating better!

I did have quite a few emails asking about what Jerry’s doing so here’s a quick rundown:

I changed it up a bit from last week’s blog. He is following the Transform30 program and he’s taking Juice Plus+ capsules that are full of 27 fruits, vegetables, and berries. Juice Plus+ is a blend of juice, that’s made into a powder, by a cool and very high-tech process, then encapsulated. It offers a very digestible and easy way to get loads of fruits and veggies in, without having to juice pounds and pounds of produce, or clean the juicer! I gave him this because he doesn’t eat well enough to support his body. He needs antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes. That’s what he’s going to get with his daily Juice Plus+ capsules as well as improving his diet.

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