Surgery

Surgery Recovery and re:iimmune

If you or a loved one are facing an operation, you will want to put as much thought into surgery recovery as the procedure itself. The healing process can be a frustrating one but planning ahead can make the surgery recovery time less daunting and help support healing. Today we have some tips for you as you begin the healing process. . .

Follow the Doctor’s Orders

Listen carefully to what your doctor instructs you to do post-surgery. Sometimes patients follow only the instructions that make sense to them personally and ignore the ones they don’t care for, think silly or decide don’t apply to their case. There are usually very good reasons for the surgery recovery directions your physician gives. You may hear things like “no lifting anything over ten pounds” or “showers no baths” and blow it off but these types of things can really impede healing and if your doctor says to avoid them, then listen and follow that advice.

Get Up and Walk

Unless your doctor has given you strict instruction not to do so, walking can be one of the most beneficial things you can do in surgery recovery. Short walks can help prevent constipation, one of the side effects of anesthesia, and prevent complications like pneumonia and deep vein thrombosis. Short walks every couple of hours are recommended and if you can get out into a little sunshine, that helps the healing process as well.

Incision Care

Obviously you want clean hands before inspecting and touching your incision. Don’t scrub or remove scabs from the area or use alcohol or peroxide on the incision unless your doctor specifically directs you to do so. Scabbing can be annoying and itchy but picking them off can cause the site to heal more slowly.

Food as Medicine

During surgery recovery many patients suffer from nausea, lack of appetite and constipation. However it is vital to think of food as medicine. Certain foods help support recovery and aid with fatigue. Protein found in foods like eggs, meat and beans is at the top of the list as it helps with wound healing. Foods with B12, iron, fiber and vitamin C are beneficial during the healing process. It’s important to discuss supplements with your doctor to be sure of what you should and shouldn’t be taking with whatever medications you are on. One supplement that many find beneficial during surgery recovery is bromelain (pineapple extract). It’s aids in digestion and has strong anti-inflammatory effects to help reduce swelling and bruising. Once again, consult with your physician first.
Hydration for Healing

Dehydration is a serious risk that can get in the way of recovery. Staying hydrated helps to reduce the chance of stroke, deep vein thrombosis and urinary tract infections and is one of the most important things you can do to support healing in the body. Poor hydration and a stressed immune system can slow your body’s natural ability to heal. We understand that healing starts from the inside out and re:iimmune was specifically designed to aid in the healing process, providing isotonic clinical strength hydration with balancing electrolytes. L-Glutamine pulls water across the intestinal wall, assists the cells in absorbing water and aids in tissue repair. The probiotics found in re:iimmune were included to give the digestive system support in strengthening beneficial bacteria. 75% of our body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract. With probiotics and a prebiotic food source you can help fight against the side effects of antibiotics that kill off healthy gut flora, inflammation, bacterial infection and constipation. All of which helps you on the road to recovery!

How Hydration and Immune Strength Will Effect Your Surgery

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For the most part we are all familiar with terms relating to our immune system, whether it be in reference to a weak immune system failing to protect you from disease, or vitamin C having been related to as our most basic form of immune boosting power, but on what level do we take our immune system seriously for its complex and extraordinary design?

In September 2014 the New York Times released an article linking the state of a person’s immune system directly to their ability to recover from invasive surgery- via a study performed on patients having hip replacement surgery. They were able to analyze the patterns of proteins in their blood that would indicate signals of immune strength outside of what we would consider a generalized clean bill of health, those with the stronger immune signals recovered light years ahead of those with compromised signals.

One of our goals with re:iimmune® is to take people from all around the world and provide them with a completely new level of immunity awareness. With re:iimmune’s® calculated blend of pre and probiotics, every time you drink a serving, you are feeding the core of your immune system the very fuel it needs to  begin absorbing  the nutrients and vitamins your body requires in order to recover from something as serious as invasive surgery.

re:iimmune® also offers clinical strength hydration that aids in preparing your cells, both before and after surgery. Without proper hydration, your body will experience poor oxygen perfusion, essential nutrients will not be delivered to the wound, and your body’s drainage system will not function efficiently. If you fail to properly hydrate your body while it is working to heal itself, you will lose moisture to the wound and the epithelial cells that work to surround the repaired tissue, will not be able to cover the wound at a healthy rate, leaving it open to infection and a slower healing time.

As a whole, it is vitally important to take our guts seriously, and I’m not just talking about that gut feeling you get telling you to make the right choice, but our literal gut, the one that dictates the health and healing properties of our entire body. It takes G.U.T.S. to get well!

Tried and True Health Tips to Get Better, Better!

You may not realize it, but your body has an amazing ability to heal itself after a serious injury or illness. Although medicine has come a long way, and should not be takin for granted, it’s important to recognize and take responsibility for our part in recovery. If you are recovering from an illness, a severe injury or just trying to maintain a healthy immune system, it would be in your best interest to observe these health truths.

  • Food is Medicine: Most of us have felt that swell of pride wheneat for health, stay healthy with re:iimmune we reach around the box of donuts and grab a piece of fruit instead, but that momentary feeling of elation often fades by dinner time as we find ourselves reaching for that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, or a heaping pile of cheesy pasta. Hungry yet? The truth is, our brains react to food with the same addictive stimulation as it would with any other drug. It doesn’t help that portions are larger than ever, and that processed, feel good treats are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of the temptation to indulge, is the confusion; with every diet fad in the book being thrown around at us from all angles. It can become overwhelming to decipher what approach to take when it comes to a healthy diet. Our mantra? Keep it simple. Say no to carb heavy, processed foods that will drain your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. Say yes to whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and most importantly, enjoy the food you eat! Branch out with some new recipes that abide by these principles, but still leave your mouth watering.

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  • Sleep Offers So Much More Than Beauty: Your body can cope without food for about a month, without water for up to a week, but sleep? Your body will start shutting down after 48 hours of sleep deprivation. http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/what-happens-when-you-dont-sleep-days/ Sleep benefits every aspect of our health, both physically and emotionally, from your heart health, mental stability, and weight control. So go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time, skip that last episode on Netflix, and hit the sack an extra hour early- your body will thank you!

 

  • Exercise Your Way to Health: Get moving! Culturally we tend to complicate this concept, but the simple truth is this; move more. That’s it! It doesn’t take expensive gym memberships, hours of intense weight lifting, or fancy gadgets to “exercise”. Find what works best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. For me, it’s as simple as taking my dog on a 30-minute walk, or heading to the YMCA for a group yoga class. It gets your blood flowing while simultaneously moving toxins out of your body, and pumping endorphins back through your system. Maybe you’d be more comfortable bicycling through nature, tuning into your favorite in home work out routine, or joining a kick boxing club. However you choose to make exercise your own, own it! The benefits to your health are endless.

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At Make People Better, we are passionate about enabling people to take control of their own health. Every day we have opportunities to improve our health, and one step at a time we want to inspire your journey! Don’t forget, the Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support found in re:iimmune® is the perfect accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle. Get better, better!

It Takes G.U.T.S. To Get Well

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Gut health is all the rage! Are you on board? Well you should be and here’s why: studies show that nearly 75% of your immune system is located in your guts. Your gut health has been linked to everything from depression and anxiety, to skin disorders and severe diseases. We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat!”-now we’re taking this concept to a cellular level.

When Dr. Kerri Miller developed this revolutionary recovery formula, re:iimmune®, she recognized a critical piece missing within our health care system. The medical community has made advancements so unfathomably incredible, it’s a little hard to believe. With the help of skilled surgeons you can be given your eye sight back, they literally give you a new set of eyes…new limbs, new hearts, new noses and chins! With the help of Chemotherapy and antibiotics, diseases that would otherwise steal our precious time on earth, are slowed and even defeated. Yet, all of these intense accomplishments are met with intense trauma to our bodies, she saw a solution to making the recovery process a smoother journey for everyone.

Now, it would be nice if we could just hand you a box of re:iimmune®, pat you on the back, and promise that was all it took to insure a smooth recovery, but the truth is, re:iimmune® is just one piece of the equation. As a nurse practitioner, Dr. Miller has put together a four part plan to pair with re:iimmune® that will assist any patient with their recovery process regardless of the ailment they’re facing. Over the coming weeks we will be addressing each of these crucial parts to the puzzle and rolling out the why behind our G.U.T.S.– Stay tuned!

Pre and Post Surgery Care

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Chances are, most of us will have surgery at some point in our lives, in fact the average person will have several procedures in their lifetime from- tonsil removal, getting your wisdom teeth cut out, or something a little more serious like- hip replacements and open heart surgery. When the time comes to prepare for a surgery, there are many important factors to consider- making sure you have the right caretakers appointed for post surgery recovery, choosing the right surgeon, and learning as much as you can about your condition. One of the most important things we can do to prepare for invasive surgery is boost our immune system. It’s important to be well rested, eat a balanced diet, and take optimal care of our bodies in the weeks leading up to an operation.

 

Surgery, regardless of the seriousness, poses itself as a trauma to our bodies, and in turn triggers inflammation and depletes essential nutrients. These things impair the immune system and in turn leave you at a higher risk for post operative complications, especially infections. There are many ways to make sure your immune system is charged up, and one of the top influencers of your immunity is your gut health. Making sure you are working on building your beneficial, intestinal bacteria, is essential to your gut health, and ultimately, your immune system’s strength.

 

Hydration is also a key component to a smooth recovery, patients who are well hydrated report less nausea and pain after going through a surgery. Water retention after surgery is a common discomfort as well, and the more hydrated you are, the lower your chances of water retention will be. Not only will adequate hydration leave you feeling more comfortable, but the more hydrated you are, the faster your body will flush itself of the anesthesia and drugs you have been administered as you are recovering, in allowing your body to relieve itself of any unnecessary toxins.

 

We believe re:iimmune® is the perfect touch to any pre surgery preparation or post surgery recovery. Combine it’s clinical strength hydration and intestinal immune support with a balanced diet and lots of rest- you’re sure to get better, better™!