Jaw Surgery Diet


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A way to get acquainted with the obstacles of jaw surgery. A creative group of recipes to address basic dietary needs while helping to avoid additional issues including post surgery acne, hair loss and more through diet. http://jawsurgerycamilla.wordpress.com/

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Jaw Surgery Diet

  1. 1. Aimed to Help Patients of Jaw Surgery 87 Ways to Heal After Jaw SurgeryThis is a Shortened Version – Buy Full List Here • • List•
  2. 2. Hair Loss • • • List • It’s not your imagination. Your hair is faling out. In the shower, you pull out a clump of hair. More and more strands come out. You think you have it all but then you go to brush your hair and more comes out. You think you must have gotten it all this time but no. You fix up some breakfast and you feel something on the back of your arm. More hair falling out. Or if you’re a guy, you look down and notice hair falling out in your hands. This. Is. A. Common. Problem. Why is this happening? A lot of jaw surgery patients will notice 2 to 3 months after surgery their hair falling out. In clumps. Some people will say it’s because of the anesthesia. Some say that it’s because of the trauma from surgery. But you know what? It’s something else. According to a board-certified hair restoration physician, we have control over our hairline. And we’re talking food. Yes, it’s the fridge. Just like any part of the body, the hair needs a variety of nutrients to grow and be healthy. Because nutrients go to essential tissues first (like our muscles and bones), the hair gets left behind on the tier of essential parts of the body. For a healthy head of hair, it’s important to get a variety of nutrients into the body. So, which foods can help? Oh, the usual good stuff like Omega-3 fatty acids that can add elasticity to hair and prevent hair from breaking off in the shower. Foods to consider: Flaxseeds, Walnuts, Salmon, Kale. Zinc is another good one. Zinc helps boost tissue growth and repair. Ding ding. We’ve got a winner! We need a lot of that. It also helps regular hormones and maintain production of oil-secreting glends to help hair grow on the scalp. Foods to eat: Chickpeas, beef, wheat germ.
  3. 3. Hair Loss • • • List • Protein. Yes, hair is pretty much made out of pure protein. Foods to eat: Greek yogurt, egg yolks, kale, peanuts Iron. Iron helps deliver blood to the body’s cells. And during surgery, we can lose a lot of blood. It’s important to ramp up your iron levels with dark leafy green, beans, red meat, and egg yolks. The Vitamins. Vitamin A & C contribute to the production of sebum. It’s nature’s hair conditioner and can keep your hair from breaking off. You can take a vitamin supplement or eat spinach, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Need some more ideas? Here are a list of great recipes that can help you keep you beautiful head of hair. Cherry Lemon Smoothie 6 ounce Chobani lemon Greek yogurt 6 frozen cherries 1 large handful baby spinach ¾ cup Low-fat milk 4 ice cubes Toss everything in a blender. Blend away! Strawberry and Banana Smoothie A handful of frozen strawberries Half of a banana 1 cup of Chobani Raspberry Greek Yogurt
  4. 4. Acne • • • List • A flair up with your skin can be expected after surgery. Your face will blow up like a balloon and oil production will increase to help lubricate the stetched skin. You may get some pimples but there are quite a few that may deveop into cystic acne. Ouch – this type of acne can hurt not just physically but emotionally. Pay close attention. Here are 7 simple steps to dealing with acne FAST. 1) Stop eating foods that are causing your cystic acne. That includes less sugary foods, soy, dairy and cheese. 2) Stop stressing. Stress causes the flair ups to get worse. Minimize your stress through deep breathing exercises. 3) Keep your skin clean. There are products to control oil production (Hydrogen Peroxide products). 4) Drink 8 to 10 glasses of filtered water every day. This will be hard after jaw surgery but make it a goal to drink as much as you can. It moves the acids out of your body and help with healing. 5) Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Foods include: walnuts, beans and flaxseed oil. 6) Supplement with zinc and B vitamins. This will help with digestion and flushing out toxins trapped in your body. 7) Choosing all-natural vs processed foods. This will help your body minimize the amount of toxins in the body. Cranberry Smoothie 1 apple ½ cup of fresh cranberries 1 date 1 small banana 8 ounces of filtered water Mix all ingredients in a blender.
  5. 5. Cavities & Receding Gums • • • List • Sounds like a situation that will attract cavity formation. Your mouth is either wired or banded shut and you can’t open your mouth to brush your teeth. Heck, you can’t even reach the back of your mouth to floss or pick your teeth clean. What are you to do? Believe it or not, there are foods to help prevent tooth decay. Calcium is an important ingredient in preventing tooth decay. Aim for blending leafy greens, almonds (make almond butter!) or beans. Fruit, Fiber and Vegetables. Keeping your mouth moist with saliva is important when dealing with tooth decay. To keep your saliva flowing, eat things like bananas, apple, oranges, beans and smooth peanut butter. Whole grains are perfect for keeping your gums healthy. B Vitamins are imporant as well as magnesium for bones and teeth. Avoid foods that you know will get stuck in your braces or between your teeth while you’re banded. This will eliminate one issue in your attempts to keep your mouth clean. The Greens Smoothie 3 bananas 1 carrot ½ of an apple 1 orange ¼ of a cucumber 1 ½ cups of spinach 1. Blend all together
  6. 6. Gain Weight • • • List • We all lose weight after surgery. The thing is while we all like to lose a few extra pounds after surgery the problem is that retaining weight can help you heal faster. You need the nutrients, the calories and the minerals to rebuild what was cut, severed and broken. You also want want to feel good instead of crappy. Because food makes you feel better. It gives you energy. Nourishes you. And simply makes you heal. So for those that have been told by their doctor: “Hey, you need to pack on some pounds” (like I was), then here are a few recipes to help you get started to regaining the weight you’ve lost. Your body is gonna need it. And it will thank you for it. Peach Pie Smoothie 3 frozen strawberries 1 peach, cut into chunks and frozen ½ frozen medium banana 1/3 cup of your favorite Greek yogurt 1 cup of milk Honey ½ teaspoon of almond extract 1. Combine fruit, yogurt, and milk in the blender. 2. Add almond extract and a teaspoon of honey, blend for a few seconds 3. Pour into a glass and if you can manage, sprinkle some crushed graham cracker crumbs on top.
  7. 7. Numbness • • • List • Vitamin B12 deficiency can be sneaky and harmful. Why? A lack of this vitamin can lead to depression, memory loss, the efficiency at which our body grows red blood cells, nerves and carry out other functionalities of the body. It’s a vitamin that can’t be made within the body but instead come from supplements or better yet, nutritious foods. Where can you find B12? B12 can’t be found in plants. It’s only found in meat products, like eggs, meat, dairy and poultry. Strict vegans that don’t eat grains fortified with this vitamin can develop a B12 deficiency. And you can guess who else can suffer from B12 deficiency. Jaw surgery patients that have been wired/banded shut. How to fix it? Supplements can work (you could try this easy dropper B12 vitamin) or try one of these top 10 foods that contain lots of this important Vitamin to help you recover quickly from surgery: Shellfish, Liver, Mackerel (Fish), Crustaceans (Crab), Tofu, Fortified Cereal, Red Meat, Low Fat Dairy, Cheese and Eggs. And here are some additional foods great for adding into a smoothie: Rice Milk, Whey Powder, Yeast Extract, Low-Fat Buttermilk) Berry Smoothie ½ cup of Minute Maid Fruit Punch ½ cup of yogurt ½ a scoop of protein powder ½ to ¾ cup of blueberries or any other berry ¼ cup of ice Blend till smooth
  8. 8. Depression • • • List • Depression is a surprising obstacle that many jaw surgery patients encounter. The swelling from the surgery leaves you in a an uncomfortable situation. You can’t breathe. Your skin is stretched, itchy and tight. You can’t sleep because sleeping upright is not natural (and honestly not comfortable at all!) Your nights become sleepless and you can’t eat. It’s a recipe for disaster as far as mental state. Most patients undergo a difficult time around Day 3 where swelling is at it’s most. Swelling will typically start to get better after that, but the other issues will stay around for just a bit longer. So what’s happening here? You are in an undesirable state and not getting the best nutrients to help restore your body’s depleted stores. Your body is not only trying to support repair, but as well as growth and wellness. Any deficiency can keep your body from normally functioning and increase chances of depression. Eating simple carbs won’t be the best choice because they can flood your body with insulin and drop you further in the hole. Try some of these foods to help: apricots, carrots, collards, blueberries, kiwi, wheat germ, nuts and seeds, sweet potato, protein, beans and peas, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and seafood. The Greens Smoothie 3 bananas 1 carrot ½ of an apple 1 orange ¼ of a cucumber 1 ½ cups of spinach Blend all together
  9. 9. Aimed to Help Patients of Jaw Surgery This is a Shortened Version – Buy Full List Here (eBook) • • List•