Life Extension Suggestions
After an injury, it is very important to maintain an adequate supply of calories to support the increased metabolic state. The following guidelines are suggested:
- Fifty-five percent of calories should come from carbohydrates, mainly complex carbohydrates found in whole-grain foods.
- Twenty percent of calories should come from fats. The addition of EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acids can help supply these essential fatty acids.
- Twenty-five percent of calories should come from protein. The addition of whey protein to the diet can help guarantee that adequate protein is ingested.
It is also very important that trauma patients stay properly hydrated. They should drink plenty of water throughout the day.
In severe wound conditions, physicians sometimes use hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
In addition, the following vitamins and nutrients may aid the healing process: