Pressure sores are more than just a pain in the ass (or any other boney prominence). These severe skin breakdowns can significantly hinder your quality of life and in some cases be life-threatening.
After a spinal cord injury your skin is much more susceptible to damage and breakdown due to loss of sensation, decreased muscle mass, altered blood circulation and chronic pressure exerted over areas such as your buttocks, elbows and heels.
It’s estimated that 10-30% of us will develop a pressure sore within our first year of injury, and that 50-80% of us will develop one at some point in our life. This high prevalence of pressure sores accounts for a large number of spinal cord injury
re-hospitalizations and research indicates that our risk of developing them increases with time since injury.
Given these facts, what’s the best way to treat a pressure sore? The answer - do everything in your power to prevent them from developing in the first place! So in addition to using proper seating devices and practicing pressure relief techniques, one of the best ways you can to maintain your skin integrity is to ensure you’re getting the essential nutrients needed to support healthy, strong skin.
It’s also important to eliminated refined and processed foods, as these can cause tissue inflammation, which inhibits the body's ability to heal tissue.
The following recipe, which contains all of the above nutrients, is a delicious prescription to help keep your skin healthy and whole!