Eat a Healthy Diet for Healthy Joints
The year is halfway over, so now is the perfect time to ask – How’s that New Year’s Resolution going? At the beginning of every year, millions of Americans make the decision to “get healthy,” yet halfway through the year, most of them have abandoned their commitment. Perhaps if people truly understood the importance of a healthy diet and how it impacts the entire body, they would be more apt to stick to their resolutions. Eating the right foods affects every aspect of your health, including the health of your joints.
Benefits of a Healthy Diet
Whether you are troubled by bad joints or not, a healthy diet should be a top priority in your life. Eating a diet rich in nutritious foods supplies the body with the vitamins, minerals, energy, fiber, and hydration that it needs to function and help you feel well. A healthy diet is necessary to keep you in good shape, especially if you are an avid workout participant. Inflammatory conditions that affect the joints are either helped or harmed by a person’s diet.
According to the National Institutes of Health, inflammation is a normal part of the body’s defense against injury or infection, and, in this way, it is beneficial. But inflammation is damaging when it occurs in healthy tissues or lasts too long. Chronic inflammation can lead to damage in the body and lead to health issues such as arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, gout, IBS, heart disease, and other conditions.
An anti-inflammatory diet can reduce the body’s inflammation and calm the effects of these health issues. Eating certain foods can relieve the pain of arthritis and support joint health. The best part about an anti-inflammatory diet is that it requires no “special” foods. Simply knowing what to eat for a healthy diet to keep your bones and joints in good health is half the battle. The other half, of course, is making these food choices a regular part of your diet.
The typical anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.
- Fruits: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, and pineapple
- Vegetables: artichokes, avocado, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and spinach
- Omega-3 fatty acids: olive oil, avocado oil, salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines
- Lentils and beans: black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, and lentils
- Root vegetables: sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic
Eating a healthy diet has been the mantra of health experts for years. A healthy diet affects more than a number on the scale – it impacts every aspect of your health. When you eat the right kinds of foods, you look and feel better. Your joints will also thank you!
At Medici Spine and Pain, we want to help our patients feel better so they can live better. Contact our practice today to get started on your road to recovery and better health.
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