If you want to speed up your body’s healing process, read the tips after the break.
Whether it is a scratch, bump, bruise, or major open wound, chances are that you wish it would simply go away. While we cannot yet be rid of injuries through will power alone, the body does have a very efficient healing process already in place. This process, which takes place automatically, can actually be helped along or sped up in a variety of different ways. To aid it along, you should first understand how it works and how to identify the warning signs of improper healing.
Mechanism and Warning Signs
The human healing process has three primary phases: inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling. Throughout this process, your body produces tiny new blood vessels which eventually form capillaries. Eventually, the wound is pulled together and new collagen forms.
The vast majority of wounds do not require emergency medical treatment. If the wound is unusually deep or looks infected, then you should seek treatment immediately. The same goes if you cannot stop or control the bleeding, or if the wound is located on particularly sensitive skin. Sutures, stitches, and medical glue can all help wounds heal properly if applied by a medical professional.
How to Help the Process
So if your wound is superficial, shows no signs of infection, or has already been looked at and treated by a medical professional, you are now in the passive healing phase. If you would like to speed the healing along, fight against possible infection, and help regenerate new cells, there are a number of things you can do.
Colloidal silver, which does not burn or sting, can kill off bacteria without damaging new skin cells. It does not hurt when applied because, unlike other antiseptics, colloidal silver does not kill the surrounding wall tissue cells. It comes in a spray or can be sprinkled over the affected area.
If chances of infection are minimal, then tea tree oil, aloe vera, and clove oil can all help speed the healing process.
One thing you can do without the aid of any third party substance is to keep the wound stable and situated. Wounds tend to heal faster when there is no pressure applied to them and they are kept motionless.
Your diet also affects this process. Protein is a key component of the inflammatory phase and is helps facilitate the development of new tissue. Arginine, an essential precursor of collagen, should also be consumed at the recommended dose. Essential fatty acids such as Omega-3’s from Flax Seed and DHA and EPA from fish oil have been linked to proper skin membrane function.
Other vitamins and minerals that play a significant role in the wound healing process include Vitamins B, A, E, C, copper and zinc. To ensure that you receive an adequate supply of all of these, you should take a multivitamin daily.
Finally, make sure that any wound that can be bandaged is properly dressed. Antibacterial gels such as Neosporin can be applied within the bandage, and the dressing should be changed frequently. If you follow these strategies, you can speed up the healing process.