Nutrition Overview

Proper nutrition for wound healing is crucial and is successful only
when you and your health care team work together to understand
your nutritional needs. Abound provides the nutrients that may be
needed for effective wound healing. Its therapeutic mix of arginine,
glutamine and HMB enhance your body’s ability to resist infection
and support healing. When used together, Abound and a well-balanced
diet are an important nutritional combination designed to help you
overcome non-healing wounds.

Adequate nutrition plays a crucial role in healing. The nutritional needs
of people who have wounds are greater than normal and healing may
require extra calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Drinking enough fluid is also vital because it maintains blood volume, supporting circulation in order to supply nutrients and oxygen to tissues.

 

Calories:

Calories provide the body with energy. If enough calories are not consumed, body weight from muscle and fat is reduced. Weight loss makes it harder to heal. To maintain energy levels, health officials recommend a specific daily intake of calories to body weight that is unique to each individual and wound severity. Consult your doctor for your necessary intake.

 

Protein:

Protein provides amino acids, which are the building blocks of the body. Protein is needed to maintain and repair tissue. Decreased protein intake is associated with wounds that will not heal. To aid the body’s natural ability to heal, an increased protein intake is important.

 

Amino Acids:

Specific amino acids, particularly arginine and glutamine, may also be beneficial for wound healing. Arginine is needed during periods of growth or healing. Arginine regulates many bodily functions, some of which support wound healing and tissue repair. Glutamine is important for tissue repair, and during times of stress when body tissue is injured.

 

Fluid:

Fluid is essential for the normal functioning of cells. Dehydration can occur if a person does not consume enough fluid or if fluid loss is greater than fluid intake. Fluids in the diet come from water, beverages, soups, fruits and vegetables to name a few. Wound drainage can be a major source of fluid loss and can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

 

Vitamins and Minerals:

Numerous vitamins and minerals are associated with healing. A deficiency of any one of these vitamins and minerals is associated with development of wounds and slow wound healing. To promote nutrition, clinicians often recommend an increased intake of vitamins A, C and E and the mineral Zinc because they are essential to healing and a healthy diet.

Working together with other wound healing strategies, a specialized diet should provide
everything your body needs to heal a wound or repair tissue. If you have a pressure
ulcer, diabetic foot ulcer, surgical incision, burn or a traumatic injury you might be at risk for a non healing wound or infection. Lack of a proper diet with the necessary nutrients creates increased risk for poor healing. If you are not sure if your diet contains all the nutrients necessary for healing, you might consider asking your doctor, nurse or dietitian about the right diet for you.