Modern surgery has come a long way in the last 100 years and its miraculous ability to save lives is unquestionable but anaesthesia does come at a cost to the body and that concerns me. During the application of anaesthesia, the body is flooded with chemicals that act directly on the central nervous system and close down a number of vital body systems. Anaesthetists do their best to minimise damage of course but the toxins ad metabolite by-products can stay in your system for up to six weeks, sometimes even longer. So how can we minimise that aftermath?
Supporting the Liver with Herbs
One way is to support the liver’s phase I and phase II metabolisation process so that it can work on the toxins and flush them out of your system through the kidneys and faeces as fast as possible. St Mary’s Thistle (sometimes called Milk Thistle) is a fabulous herb for supporting the liver function and aiding this flushing process. It also helps restore lover function if it’s become a little overloaded with other toxins and it has the added bonus of reducing nausea, flatulence, colic, constipation and abdominal bloating, all of which are quite common after surgery. It’s a safe and very gentle herb that can be taken by just about anyone, even folks who are very frail and it’s especially useful for folks undertaking chemotherapy for cancer.
The Power of Antioxidants
Additionally, including antioxidants in your diet straight after surgery can help clear the tissues of free radicals. These are the pesky toxins which are by-products of anaesthetic that can build up in tissues. Green tea is a sensational antioxidant, as are brightly coloured berries and red kidney beans.
Finally, making sure you get adequate rest and drink plenty of water (unless contraindicated with your particular surgical procedure) is helpful in the weeks following surgery to help the body recover and for you to regain your vitality and wellness once more.
Do you have any tips and techniques you’d like to share about how you recovered from surgery more quickly? Please comment below and share those with us. We’d love to hear from you.
Smiles and abundant health, Ziggy