Nutritional Counseling Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers -  - Wound Care Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers

Wound Care Specialists located in Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA & Encino, CA

For those healing wounds, nutritional counseling at Tower Wound Care Center can be extremely beneficial. At the practice, our doctors can work with patients to construct a unique nutritional program to boost their bodies’ ability to heal. Locations are available in Encino, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, CA.

Nutritional Counseling Q & A

What role does nutrition play in wound care?

The body undergoes many changes when there is a wound present and many of the effects of these wounds can cause the levels of important chemicals and proteins in the blood to decrease. Proteins are especially helpful when healing wounds and are required for all stages of tissue repair. This is because skin and muscle are made of protein and it is proven that wound patients need a much higher protein intake than those without one. The NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) suggests that wound patients use high-protein, nutritional supplements in combination with their usual diet. Wound patients need over 100 grams of protein each day for a 150-pound person.

What types of proteins are best?

When healing, the doctor will often recommend lean proteins three times a day for the best repair results. This will include foods such as meat, fish, eggs, reduced-fat cheese, soy, and low-fat dairy. It is important to note that peanut butter and beans are not always good replacements because the can either has many more calories or cause unwanted side effects. Whey, soy, egg whites, and protein powders are a good source of supplemental protein. It will also be important to remember to have adequate and consistent carbohydrate intake to keep blood sugar levels stable and avoid weight gain. Calories intake can’t be too low either because then the protein will not be used for wound healing.

Are vitamins and minerals important?

Taking a vitamin or multivitamin supplement can bolster wound healing. Multivitamins which contain minerals are a good option for all wound types and most patients with less than optimal food choices. Vitamin C is especially helpful for collagen production and wound healing when combined with zinc, with the bonus of the protein production encouraged by zinc. Vitamin A can stimulate the immune system and cell growth. With larger wounds which are not healing well, glutamine or arginine supplements can be helpful. The doctor will provide specific instructions and recommends for each patient to fit their unique needs.

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