Nutrition for Surgery Recovery

Heal is our patented remedy for muscle repair, complete with an essential amino acid-based formulation clinically proven to help accelerate muscle repair and growth even during times of physical inactivity, getting you back on your feet faster and stronger.

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Surgery can be a life-saving necessity, but it places significant strain on the human body. 

Developing a proactive plan for navigating the post-surgery healing process can help surgical patients avoid—or at least mitigate the effects of—pitfalls such as protein-energy malnutrition, the loss of lean body mass, and systemic inflammation.

Loss of muscle mass and strength after surgery delays recovery and an individual's return to normal activity. In severe cases, or in elderly individuals with little reserve, muscle loss can be a direct contributor to mortality.

What to Expect After Surgery?

When you wake up from a surgery, you feel roughly as if a truck ran over you. And even if an underlying pathological condition necessitates surgery, the stress of the surgery itself increases the challenge of rehabilitation. Therefore, the path to recovery can be nearly identical whether you are healing from an injury or from surgery.

Muscle Mass and Function Lost During Recovery

Inactivity: Recovery requires some degree of inactivity, and inactivity means the muscles aren’t maximizing their movement and performance capabilities. This makes a decline in muscle mass and function inescapable. What you can control, however, is the degree of decline.

Catabolic State: The muscle loss triggered by inactivity is amplified by your body’s overall physiological response to injury and is characterized by whole-body protein loss, mainly due to increased breakdown of muscle proteins. The catabolic state can last anywhere from a week to several months. When our bodies enter a catabolic state, the rate of muscle protein breakdown shoots way up. It is not unusual for the rate of protein breakdown to increase by more than threefold!

Nutrients: Failure to consume an adequate supply of nutrients—in particular, protein—slows the body's rate of muscle protein synthesis, resulting in the loss of a certain amount of muscle. When your body enters the catabolic state, your appetite decreases, making it more difficult to consume the nutrients required to fuel muscle protein synthesis. The loss of muscle mass and strength occurs at a much faster rate than it occurs in the absence of key nutrients. 

How to Speed Recovery from Surgery

A large increase in the rate of protein breakdown releases a flood of amino acids into the muscle cells. This increased availability of amino acids stimulates the rate of muscle protein synthesis. Unfortunately, the increased synthesis is not enough to balance the increase in breakdown. The net result is a large increase in the loss of muscle protein since your appetite decreases and metabolic changes transpire too such as reduced sensitivity to the action of the hormone insulin.

As recovery continues, the lost weight will be gradually regained. However, without diligent adherence to an exercise and nutrition program, the lost muscle weight will be regained as fat. To return to your daily activities in the best possible health, it is crucial to replace the lost weight with new muscle, not fat. How to rebuild muscle during recovery?

Be Sure to Prioritize Exercise

At the outset of recovery, your capacity for exercise will be limited. Even so, it is essential to engage in both aerobic and resistance exercise as soon as possible.

Aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise can take any form—walking, elliptical, cycling, swimming, and so on—as long as the option you choose elevates your heart rate to 120 beats per minute or above. Some moderate stretching may also be needed to regain range of motion. As strength returns, work up to the recommended guideline of 150 minutes a week of aerobic exercise.

Resistance exercise

Resistance exercise is the most important type of exercise for rebuilding muscle. Machines are optimal for resistance workouts, particularly at the outset. The loss of muscle function in the catabolic state impairs coordination, and the possibility of injury is greater with free weights. Machines provide specificity in terms of the muscles involved in any exercise, and this may be of particular importance when addressing specific areas affected by injury or surgery.

Make a Post-Surgery Nutrition Plan

Post-Surgery Nutrition

Nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery. Eating a balanced diet featuring ample high-quality protein is essential. However, that alone will not ensure you regain more muscle than fat. The single most important aspect of nutritional therapy during the recovery period will be essential amino acid supplementation. Essential amino acids are the active components of dietary proteins. Balanced essential amino acid supplements stimulate muscle protein synthesis to a greater extent than any naturally occurring protein food source.

Essential amino acid supplements work synergistically with exercise to provide a greater stimulus than either produces on its own. To maximize the beneficial effects of each element, you should take essential amino acids 30 minutes before an exercise sessionas well as immediately following the session.

When consuming essential amino acids without accompanying physical activity, the greatest effect will be when taken between meals. That said, there is no wrong time to take an essential amino acid supplement. If you miss the optimal dosing window, simply take your EAA supplement at your earliest opportunity.

Introducing Heal

Our scientists have formulated and patented the precise blend of amino acids used in clinical trials to help reduce recovery times and improve physical function following surgery. 



Leucine is the most abundant essential amino acid in muscle, where it promotes muscle growth and repair by assisting in protein synthesis. Moreover, leucine promotes the growth and repair of bone tissue, stimulates growth hormone production and insulin secretion, and speeds wound healing.



Isoleucine assists in blood clotting and wound healing. In addition, it is found in its highest concentrations in muscle tissue, where it helps regulate both energy and blood sugar levels, aids in muscle repair, and assists the body in recovering from strenuous exercise.



Threonine is a precursor of both serine and glycine, which are required for the creation of muscle tissue, collagen, and elastin. Moreover, Threonine helps support the cardiovascular, immune, and central nervous systems, helps build robust bones and tooth enamel, assists in the metabolism of fatty acids, promotes wound healing, and aids in the prevention of fat accumulation in the liver. 



Valine is necessary for tissue repair, muscle metabolism, and blood sugar control. It also assists in supporting the immune and central nervous systems as well as normal cognitive function. Moreover, valine helps regulate the body’s nitrogen balance, which is an important indicator of overall health.

It's more than 3 times more efficient at triggering muscle growth and repair than any other protein source. And it improves physical strength, function, and performance.

It’s also easy to take. Mix a scoop into 8 ounces of water, or your morning coffee or smoothie. Consistency is key. When using as part of your normal routine, take 1-2 scoops daily. For larger recovery needs, take 2-3 scoops twice daily.

See What People Are Saying About Heal

"Heal has been one of the best post workout products I have ever used - period. It's light and refreshing, so it doesn't upset my stomach, even after my hardest runs. More importantly, I notice less soreness and I'm able to bounce back much faster from hard workouts. Those little tweaks and pains I often feel to start runs the day after a hard workout are gone."

Jeff G., Runners Connect Founder

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