Post-Plastic Surgery Diet 101: Shift to a Low-Sodium Diet
Every plastic surgery surgeon should recommend a low-sodium diet to all of their patients after a procedure. Eating low-sodium food can help reduce inflammation and swelling during the recovery period.
Below are some helpful tips that can help you shift to a low-sodium diet after and before plastic surgery.
What is the recommended sodium intake?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the recommended daily intake of sodium at 2,300 mg for an average adult.
Minimum sodium requirement? 1,500 mg per day. This is less than one teaspoon of salt.
According to a study by the American Heart Association, an average American consumes 3,436 mg of sodium a day.
What food items should you avoid?
Make sure to avoid these food items before and after your procedure.
1. Frozen dinners.
Frozen dinner meals fall under the processed food category, as they are also high in sodium.
2. Packaged and cured meats
Some meat products, including cured meats and bacon, are high in sodium.
3. Processed Food Items
You should avoid processed food before and after plastic surgery. Instead, you can resort to wholesome and more natural food items. Canned goods, crackers and chips are full of sodium. Why not prepare your meals at home? This way, you will have greater control of your meals.
4. Table salt
Ban table salt from your dining room and kitchen. A lot of people may reach for salt out of habit, so you should stop this from happening. Stop putting salt on your meals.
5. Restaurant and Fast Food
As mentioned above, it’s better to just prepare your meals at home. Restaurant and fast food chains always load up their meals with high-sodium ingredients.
Furthermore, they provide very large portions per meal. You’ll always end up eating a lot. As much as possible, eat home cooked meals weeks before and after your surgical procedure. If you can maintain this in the long run, then better.
6. Some Condiments
A lot of condiments contain a lot of sodium. Avoid too much barbecue sauce, soy sauce, marinades and salad dressing. If you’re getting these products from the grocery store, always check labels for sodium content.
What food items should you eat?
Shifting to a healthier, low-sodium diet is not easy. It takes some getting used to. If you are determined to maintain this healthy shift, you should research and organize your grocery lists meticulously.
Moreover, you should also try cooking and preparing your own meals. Here are some low-sodium food items you should eat.
1. Some Condiments
Vinegar, vegetable oils, garlic, unsalted butter, onion, lemon, lime and other low-sodium condiments should be eaten instead of high-sodium products.
2. Whole Grains
This includes pasta, bread, and cereals.
3. Dairy Products
Make sure to buy a lot of yogurt, low-fat milk and other low-sodium cheese products.
4. Meat Products
Great meat choices? Always include chicken, eggs, fish, lean pork, uncanned beans and unsalted nuts.
5. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
You’ll never go wrong with vegetables and fruits. Eat a lot of bananas, apples, and oranges.
You may also want to consume plenty of lettuce, broccoli and carrots.