Wound healing can be a rather complex process. It involves any number of steps – from dressing the actual wound to repeat applications of oils and ointments – as you work to avoid any serious infections. Because each of these processes is equally important safeguarding your overall health, it’s important to remember a few tips and tricks as you undergo a wound care regimen.
Here are just a few of the more especially helpful tidbits to keep in mind:
1. Use a bit of honey
For small wounds like scraps, bruises and cuts, honey is effective in the healing process. Studies have shown that this sweet product can help minimize swelling and reduce the appearance of scarring. There’s also been research into honey as an effective antibacterial agent, as its shown promise against less advanced bacterial strains. It should be noted that most of the research applies to placing honey directly on the wound. As far as consumption, eating too much honey can have the same results as overloading on sugar. Additionally, honey should only be used as a remedy if you receive a doctor’s approval. Honey should never replace any other regimen involving medical ointments and drainage routines.
2. Make time for social connections
For years, doctors have said that your mental state greatly contributes to the wound healing process. That is precisely why many physicians will suggest you engage in calming activities like yoga and meditation. Another way to find that kind of peacefulness is by spending time with friends and family. Researchers from the University of Ohio found that having this social interaction can help some wounds heal up to 25 percent faster. It doesn’t matter much what the activity is, but feeling connected to a loved one can generate the sense of tranquility that your body needs to heal more effectively. Inversely, feeling alone or otherwise isolated can significantly slow down the healing process.
3. Amino acids and hormone support
Much like remaining calm, doctors have also noted that a proper diet is effective at improving your rate of healing. Similarly, people should try to add more nutrients and vitamins into their daily health routine. The amino acid arginine features a compound called nitric oxide, and increased levels have proven to bolster both your blood’s oxygenation levels and overall circulation. Glutamine – one of the 20 or so essential amino acids that create the human genetic code – provides your body with substrate, a molecule that’s essential for tissue growth. Both amino acids can be found in supplements like L-glutamine and L-arginine, but always consult with a physician before you begin take any supplement.
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