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Why You Should Use Vitamin K Before Surgery

Why You Should Use Vitamin K Before Surgery

If you’re having surgery for any reason, it can have a big impact on your body. After anesthetic, you’ll probably suffer from constipation and other complications especially if you’re not paying attention to your diet.

What are you eating to boost your immune system? And, what are you taking to ensure you don’t bleed excessively during surgery? 

Foods that boost immunity in preparation for surgery

During any surgical procedure, free radicals are released. Normally, your body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are not available, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. This is why you have to eat foods rich in anti-oxidants before and after surgery. Good sources of anti-oxidant rich foods include eggplant, garlic, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, seafood, avocados and nuts.

You will be given antibiotics as a preventative measure before or during and sometimes after the surgery. These kill both pathogenic and unfortunately beneficial bacteria in your gut. Therefore, include foods such as yoghurt, kombucha, kefir and apple cider vinegar in probiotics to your diet to help keep your GUT strong.

Vitamin K is not only important for bone health. It has the ability to bind with calcium ions in your blood, which helps to initiate clotting factors in your blood. Some of the foods rich in vitamin K include dried basil, dairy, broccoli, prunes, cabbage, cucumbers, green leafy vegetables and spring onions. How do you know when you’re deficient of this vitamin?

Make sure to discuss your pre-surgical plans and diet with your clinician before making any decisions.

Are you getting very little vitamin K?

There are a number of signs that you could be brushing off as nothing that may actually be indicative of a vitamin K deficiency. These include:

• Easy bruising
• Oozing from your nose or gums
• Excessive bleeding even from small wounds and punctures
• Heavy menstrual periods
• Blood in your urine and/or stool

If you suspect that you’re suffering from a vitamin K deficiency, get checked by your doctor. He’ll be able to help you get your body on track again.

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