Cuts, scratches and small wounds are small accidents that occur with some frequency, even more so if you work with sharp tools, for this reason we need to heal wounds effectively to avoid complications later.
There are a number of very effective home remedies for wound healing that will help your body heal faster.
Since there is a break in the skin, the body begins a healing process, through the manufacture of substances such as collagen. However, many people complain that the skin takes a long time to heal. For this reason, it would be useful to know the reasons why this situation occurs and what natural remedies that can help speed up this process.
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Factors that slow wound healing
With age, not only does movement get worse and the cells that work to heal wounds receive less oxygen, but also the tissues become more “stretched”.
When there is stress, the body secretes steroid substances that alter the DNA of cells. In other words, cells don’t follow “instructions” to work. Because of this, the body stops producing collagen as usual and causes the healing process to slow down.
There are substances that the body secretes and substances generated by stress such as steroids, they are also produced in laboratories by chemical processes (for example, alleviating acne breakouts). It is logical to assume that these medications slow down the healing process. Other medications that slow healing are also anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants.
Obesity, diabetes or other metabolic disease ( hypertension, cholesterol) are not favorable to heal wounds quickly).
Poor circulation can slow healing. In the case of tobacco, nicotine causes the arteries to constrict and consequently carries less blood. Therefore, it reaches the tissues with a lower amount of oxygen and this is an important element for the production of collagen. That is why it is always recommended that patients who smoke and undergo surgery quit the habit, at least the week before and after the date of the intervention.
In order for the body to produce collagen, it requires the presence of vitamin A and C, as well as the mineral zinc. Therefore, the consumption of foods rich in these nutrients (carrot, papaya, guava, kiwi, lemon, orange, grape, etc.) is recommended to accelerate the healing process. Equally important is the consumption of protein (soy, milk, eggs, beans, poultry, etc.) for the production of collagen by the body. Make sure to consume the following items:
- Vitamin C
- Foods rich in vegetable proteins.
Home remedies to speed up wound healing
Using certain foods can speed up wound healing much faster and also provide your body with nutrients needed to prevent possible infections and improve overall health.
Whisk together 5 cups of papaya and 1 cup of frozen blueberries along with 5 cups of mango juice and 5 cups of low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt. Take this smoothie daily.
Beat 1 cup of papaya and 1 peach, pitted, together with the juice of 2 oranges and 2 carrots until blended. Do not filter and drink immediately.
Apply a gauze soaked with carrot juice to the scar. This medicine facilitates the rapid regeneration of the skin and facilitates healing.
1 slice of melon with 5 natural cups of carrot juice and the juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon until perfectly mixed. Drink one cup a day to speed up the healing process and help wounds heal naturally.
Boil 1 liter of water and then pour in a tablespoon of thyme and 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers. Remove from the heat and let it rest for 15 minutes. Sweeten and drink hot. Drink 2 cups per day for 1 week. This medicine is an excellent antiseptic that fights infections and promotes the healing process, but in excess it can affect the intestinal flora. Do not use it during pregnancy, lactation, ulcers, heart disease or hyperthyroidism.
Another alternative is to apply cold twice a day, without pressing, a compress soaked in chamomile when a wound is healing. Leave it for 15 minutes.
Beat 5 cups of strawberries together with 1 cup of orange juice and 120 ml of guava juice until combined. Take this juice daily.
Recommendations to improve wound healing
Exercise: According to research carried out, doing regular physical activity speeds up the healing process, as it facilitates blood circulation, allowing more oxygen to reach the cells for the production of collagen.
Have a balanced diet: Remember that to accelerate the healing process, it is necessary to have a balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals.
Protect your scars with natural sunscreen: Scars have less pigment than the rest of your skin and are therefore especially vulnerable to sunburn.