The Piercer's Corner - Nutrition and Healing for Piercing

Nutrition and Healing for Piercing

Today I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight some tidbits of nutrition and how it aids in the healing of your new piercing.

Most of it is common sense but I am surprised by the reactions I get when these topics are discussed.

Obviously the heathier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. It is optimal to drink plenty of water daily. Minimize your intake of smoking and drinking alcohol as these ingredients adversely affect your circulatory system and can irritate delicate tissues and regenerating cells, such as those in a new oral piercing.

Did you know that stress will totally delay your healing as well?  Avoid it as much as possible and you are looking at increasing your healing times by up to 40%!

Try to get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Adding more fruits and vegetables will definitely be a plus. Nutritional supplements not only help the healing process but can bolster your ability to fight infection. Obviously I am not a certified nutrition specialist but I have read reports that Iron, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Zinc all have their important roles in tissue repair and vascular health, which at the end of the day is what healing a wound is all about.

Of course each person is different and unique, what works for some may not work for all.  That is why it is so important to follow up with your body piercer to make sure you are on the right path to a long lasting, healthy piercing.