Top Filipino Foods to Hasten a Patient’s Recovery

For faster recovery of people who underwent surgery, experiencing severe illness, or have been injured, it is vital to have appropriate and healthy diet and rest along with the proper guidance of the physician. Health experts agree that by eating a healthy and well-balanced diet hastens the body’s natural healing process.

To guide in you preparing a nutritious meal, here are some facts to consider:

Filipino Food with Fiber

After an operation,  physicians normally do not allow patients to neither move, stand, nor sit which can lead to constipation. Painkillers are generally prescribed also which often result to constipation, too. Then, eating high-fiber foods aid in better digestion and rid your digestive tract of unnecessary waste. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grain are good sources of fiber. The most common sources of fiber among Filipino fruits includes Bananas, Papaya, Buko (coconut), Piña (Pineapples), Pakwan (Watermelon) and citrus fruits (like calamansi, dalanghita, pomelo), Durian and avocado. Filipinos gifted which the rich sources of nature being in a tropical country, are naturally fruit lovers.

Other fruits that fibrous that are commonly available in the Philippines include Oranges or Ponkan, Apples, Strawberries and Pears, among others. For vegetables, among the most common for filipinos are the Eggplant (Talong), Lady’s Finger (Okra), Bitter Melon (Ampalaya), Jute (Saluyot), String Bean (Sitaw), Squash (Kalabasa), Lady’s Finger (Okra), kamote tops, Water Spinach (Kangkong), Jute (Saluyot), Winged Bean (Sigarilyas), Cabbage (Pechay), Luffa (Patola), kamote tops, Chinese Cabbage (Pechay) and Malunggay.

Other significant Filipino vegetables include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Chicharo, Cabbage or Repolyo, Carrot, and Lettuce etc. Finally, whole grains. It is substantially a good source of fiber. Fibrous food source such as rice and corn which are a major part of a every meal for Filipinos. While these foods are rich in fiber, it is still imperative to manage the servings for this food, for example too much rice is unhealthy because it may cause weight gain.

Keep in mind, that while  that fruits and vegetables are beneficial, it should be properly washed before consumption to get rid of the possible chemicals and pesticides that might have been used on them.

Lean Meat, Protein-Rich Foods

Protein provides amino-acids. Amino acids are essential for humans, it is the building blocks of lean tissue.  The director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center,  Dr. David L. Katz, explains that amino acids found in fish, chicken and egg whites, can help the body heal faster after an injury or surgery. Furthermore, These foods are also good sources of vitamin B12, which aids the body in producing  new blood cells. Enhancing the body’s ability to defend itself from certain kind of infections and diseases that might  hinder the recovery process, Is also one of its widely known benefits.

Based on the food and consumption survey conducted in 2008 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Eggs are the top-most consumed high-protein food in the Philippines by an average Filipino. An egg is an inexpensive source of good quality protein and it contains all the amino acids needed to aid in building and repairing body tissues.

Philippines having thousands of islands, is understandably rich in sea foods. Fishes and other fish products, being fat free and rich in omega oil which good for the heart, are healthy sources of protein. Also, amongst the healthy sources of protein are Lean meat products and Tokwa (Tofu). These not only packed with proteins, but are also high in iron and zinc, which essential in maintaining the body’s wellbeing.

Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Vitamin C,  is a water-soluble vitamin that can be found in a wide selection of healthy foods that provides serves as a powerful antioxidant and  has an astonishing disease-fighting benefits, Not to mention protecting the cells from toxic substances known as free radicals and is necessary for wound healing. Among the variety of vitamin C-rich foods, are  citrus fruits and juices, leafy greens,  mangoes, bayabas (guava), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kiwi, papaya, sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, and tomatoes. Fortified cereals, blended fruit juices and smoothies are also rich sources of vitamin C.

One of the most proven and most common source of Vitamin C rich food in Filipinos is the Calamansi. A native citrus plant cultivated throughout the Philippines, It is considered as a wonder fruit. Not only does it significantly boost the immune system, but helps in promoting a healthy digestion and is a proven powerful antioxidant.

According to the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos 2000,  developed by the Technical Working Group headed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), one should consume two servings of fruit daily.


It is also important to know that drinking adequate amounts of fluids after surgery or injury or sickness,  helps your body to replenish electrolytes and fluids lost. Medical experts agree that hydrating the body properly, thus  restoring fluid levels, speed your recovery and improve your overall health. One is to consume at least eight 8 oz. glasses of liquid daily, in a tropical country such as the Philippines, where in temperatures could go sizzle. An average Filipino should consume up to 12 glasses of liquid daily to prevent dehydration. Though water is the best choice, one may also drink sports drinks, salabat (ginger tea) and fruit juices. It is during a recovery period to avoid caffeinated beverages and coffee because they may cause dehydration because of its diuretic effect.

Popular Filipino foods are so diverse that can help in early recovery of patients who had undergone hospitalization. You just need to be well informed of what types is required for you to eat. Further, you still need to consult your doctor or dietician for professional help in proper nutrition.

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