Why You Should Consider A Multivitamin Before Surgery

Why You Should Consider A Multivitamin Before Surgery

Why You need a daily multivitamin

before getting surgery

When you are about to undergo surgery, you are usually given a pre-operation checklist for certain things to do or avoid as you prepare for your procedure. This can include things like a round of preemptive antibiotics, not eating certain foods or fasting 12-24 hours before your surgery, etc.

 

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It’s important to take your surgeon’s advice while you’re preparing for your surgery. Not only are surgeons skilled enough to understand the science behind these procedures, they are also experts in the science behind healing. Nutrition is a key factor in repairing tissues affected by surgery, and starting a supplement regimen is a great way to make sure your body is optimized and ready to begin the healing process.

healing after surgery

and getting back to normal

The healing process after your surgery centers on the building of collagen – which is the main component in many tissues, such as your skin, tendons, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bone, and more. Basically, any tissue that can be affected by surgery – “surgically traumatized tissue” – needs collagen to rebuild. The production of collagen, and the overall healing process, happens in three stages after surgery:

  • Inflammatory phase (up to 5 days): Right after surgery, the body forms a blood clot to stop bleeding. Infection-fighting cells and debris-cleaning cells are sent to the surgical site. Redness, swelling, and inflammation ensues.
  • Proliferative phase (2 days – 3 weeks): Fibroblasts, specialized collagen-forming cells, start building tissue at the surgical site.
  • Remodeling phase (3 weeks – beyond): Over time, the body slowly replaces the collagen that was initially formed at the surgical site with stronger collagen – to strengthen the tissue at the surgical site and promote better function over time.

Without proper nutrition, this healing process can take longer and may even encounter complications. A balanced diet, including essential vitamins and minerals, is extremely important for your healing experience to go smoothly. This is why many surgeons will recommend a multivitamin or specialized supplement regimen before and after surgery.

The right amount and combination of supplements can greatly impact your surgical recovery in a positive way. But you shouldn’t start a supplement regimen without guidance.

Inform (And ask!) Your doctor

about supplements

While most supplements should be safe and beneficial to take as you’re preparing for surgery, there are some supplements that could actually harm your recovery process. For example, certain herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs can reduce your body’s ability to clot blood – an essential component of a smooth recovery. Other supplements can interact negatively with other medications your surgeon may recommend for your healing process.

Your doctor would be more than happy to recommend certain vitamins and minerals to promote healing, and can tell you which supplements to avoid or discontinue while leading up to surgery. You should bring up supplements during your pre-op consultation to make sure there are no delays, as it can take a week or more for any medications to fully leave your system.

Surgeon-Designed Multivitamin

for your peace of mind

If your doctor prescribes many different vitamins and minerals, your pre- and post-op supplement routine can get expensive, and complicated, very quickly. It’s far easier to carefully choose an inclusive multivitamin and have your doctor confirm that none of the ingredients would interfere with your procedure.

In her years of practice, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner found herself prescribing many different supplements and multivitamins to help her patients prepare for surgery. She specializes in surgical procedures impacting the foot – which contains nearly one-fourth of all bones in the human body. The foot is a complex, flexible structure that contains bones, joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments… all working together to enable movement and balance.

For procedures as high-stakes as these, she believes that proper preparation is essential for ideal outcomes for her patients. This is why she created a multi to support the connective tissue in your body. It contains highly fortified ingredients ideal for pre- and post-surgery recovery, including Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Full Spectrum Hemp Powder, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid),Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), Zinc Gluconate, and more.

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CBD Vitamin + Multivitamin by Well Theory

One convenient daily serving has everything she recommends her patients take daily to promote surgical recovery and overall musculoskeletal health. Gain peace of mind before your procedure by using our breakthrough formulation that was completely designed for orthopedic conditions.

More Details About Dr. Warner's Custom

designed connective tissue vitamin

These ingredients work best together – while each is a necessary supplement on its own, together they pack a powerful punch.

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder

Hemp interacts naturally with your endocannabinoid system to add a long-lasting anti-inflammatory, tons of antioxidants, and a pain-relieving component.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes proper collagen formation and helps with wound healing, supports the joints, and contributes to healthy bones & teeth.

Calcium Citrate

Calcium Citrate helps promote healthy bone growth, and is integral to nerve signaling & muscle contractions.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 aids in your body’s ability to absorb calcium and supports nerve health. Important to almost every human system.

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium Oxide also regulates magnesium levels to reduce muscle cramps, fortifies the bones, and is essential for nerve and muscle function.

Zinc Gluconate

Zinc Gluconate is an awesome assistant for wound healing and connective tissue - and also promotes tissue growth and development.

Promoting balance + health at a cellular level is key to maintaining function for many years to come, and recovering from any procedures you may need in the future. Choose the Well Theory Bone & Joint Health Multi to help achieve baseline wellness and promote cellular health.

Flavonoids: What Are They + 7 Surprising Benefits

Flavonoids are naturally-occurring phytonutrients in plant pigments. These bioactive compounds are found in various vegetables, fruits, spices, and nuts, and they provide a wealth of health benefits when consumed.

Stock your fridge with vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables such as beets, carrots, lemons, and raspberries. These vibrant foods are rich with flavonoids and nutrients.

Why are flavonoids a key ingredient to living well?

1. Flavonoids protect against free radicals.

The antioxidant properties of flavonoids help to ward off the harmful effects of free radicals, which have been linked to the development of various chronic diseases.

2. Flavonoids help to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In addition to its antioxidant capabilities, flavonoids have anti-inflammatory characteristics that are effective in lowering cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of ischemic heart disease, and preventing blood clots.

3. Flavonoids have been shown to decrease the risk of neurodegenerative disease.

A flavonoid-rich diet has been linked to a lessened risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

4. Flavonoids can help improve vascular function for those with diabetes.

Flavonoids are found in herbs and spices, including garlic, rosemary, and oregano. Studies have shown that the consumption of flavonoids has been effective at improving the function of the vascular system in those with type-2 diabetes.

5. Flavonoids may aid in cancer prevention.

There are limited studies performed on human subjects, but animal studies link flavonoids with inhibiting the development of cancerous cells in the colon and liver. Research also points to flavonoids preventing gastric and pancreatic cancers among a variety of other types.

6. Flavonoids can improve bone health.

Flavonoids may be linked to improved bone formation and limited bone resorption. This not only strengthens the bones but also helps to prevent the development of conditions such as osteoporosis.

7. Flavonoids may help to manage weight.

While there is not significant regarding the connection of flavonoids to weight management, a study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women with higher flavonoid consumption exhibited lower levels of body fat than those without a flavonoid-rich diet.

Due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties alone, flavonoids are important factors of a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to incorporate foods that are rich in flavonoids into your diet to gain some of these healthy benefits!

At Well Theory, we combine natural medicine with western medicine in our powerful, pain-fighting products. Our line of surgeon-formulated sprays, supplements, and creams fit easily into your day to help you live pain-free. Try our products for yourself today!

MCT Coconut Oil VS Olive Oil

Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –

 

I am a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is passionate about helping you live well mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Recently, I have been using more MCT oil in the kitchen. I have been intrigued by the potential health benefits of the medium chain triglycerides. I have long loved olive oils and use them most of the time, but was curious to see how they compared to MCT coconut oil. 

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are medium length chains of fats. There also exist long chain fats and short chain fats. Long chain fats are saturated fats and remain solid at room temperature.   

50% of fat in coconut oil is medium chain. Usually, coconut oil remains solid at room temperature, so the other half of coconut oil is comprised of long-chain fats. MCT coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, and is separated from these long-chain fats for its beneficial uses.   

 

Health Benefits of MCT 

MCT is thought to increase the amounts of leptin and peptide YY. These proteins naturally promote a feeling of fullness and help you feel satiated – which means that you may consume less calories throughout your day. MCTs have also been found to have about 10% fewer calories than long chain fats.   

MCTs have many potential benefits for optimizing your daily health:  

MCTs can convert to ketones in the body. This makes them ideal for a ketogenic diet, since they help individuals maintain ketosis. Ketones can be used by the brain for energy and because of this, MCTs have been shown to help reduce symptoms for those with Alzheimer’s. One study also showed some benefit of MCTs for those with autism also on a gluten-free diet. In addition, MCTs support the correct gut biome; this too helps to maintain overall health and promote wellness. 

MCTs have been shown in studies to increase production of HDL (good) cholesterol and decrease production of LDL (bad) cholesterol. MCT was also able to reduce the amount of inflammatory proteins (CRP) in serum. The medium chains fats in MCTs bypass the bile duct system and are ideal for those with issues in the biliary system. However, over time too many MCTs will cause a fatty liver, as they are high in calories.  

 

How MCTs Compare To Olive Oil 

Olive oil is a natural substance extracted from olives. MCTs are natural in a way – they are partitioned from coconut oil using scientific techniques. 

The beauty of olive oil is that it is primarily a monounsaturated fat; it is oleic acid. This is just about ¾ of the total content of the oil. Oleic acid is naturally anti-inflammatory and has been found to alter epigenetics (or gene formations) associated with cancer – which means that oleic acid may prevent cancer. Olive oil is also an anti-oxidant and can scavenge free radicals.   

Olive oil is a great choice for those struggling with the symptoms of aging:

Olive oil prevents and treats constipation. This is one of the unspoken problems with aging. A teaspoon of olive oil a day has been shown to be an effective treatment for this issue.  

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are to be the main source of fat in an anti-aging diet. Since olive oil contains monosaturated fats, it is a beneficial part of a healthy, anti-aging diet.  

 

Should You Choose Olive Oil or MCT Coconut Oil?

 
There is nothing inherently wrong with fat; and plant-based fats are found to be especially beneficial. Olive oil is more protective from heart disease than a low-fat diet. Healthy fats support nerves and the brain and are actually important and essential parts of a balanced diet. 
 
I would advise that, while they are not inherently dangerous, you avoid consuming many fats that stay solid at room temperature.  Imagine what that is doing in your smaller arteries.    

We incorporate MCT coconut oil into our pain-fighting Hemp oil tincture. It is easily digestible and can be taken easily with just a few drops under your tongue or in your morning coffee. Choose Well Theory for resources on full body betterment and products to bolster your wellness so that you can live to your fullest potential.