Keeping Joints Healthy Through Diet and Fitness
Today, our life is pretty fast where everyone keeping at pace as a part normal routine and sometimes we neglect the benefits of looking after ourselves naturally; in favor of going to the doctor when our bodies are out of condition and hoping he can ‘fix’ the problem. If it is about our joints, this kind of mentality is not worth the risk. Sometimes when joints are damaged, sometimes doctor also not be able to help properly. In this case, we need to observe our lifestyle, in terms of diet and exercise, in order to maintain our mobility into our later years.
I believe in maintaining joint health by:
Exercising (low impact, if necessary)
Watching your weight
Protecting your joints from overuse/injury
Taking joint care supplements
Eating nutritious food (of course)
Exercise & Fitness
Physical inactivity is the major cause of joint pain and chronic disease like osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, depression and anxiety, etc. The more active you are, the more your body gets the benefits and that includes your joints. If your lifestyle is sedentary with very little exercise, the impact of this means your joints will be taking the strain, rather than your muscles, leaving yourself open to damage and pain.
If you are overweight, the best tonic for your joints is to lose those unnecessary extra pounds. Your entire body will thank you for it and none more so than your joints. The chance of developing Osteoarthritis is a real possibility if you remain the same weight, as you get older.
Exercise, along with a healthy diet, can help you to jumpstart weight loss if you’re overweight, and this can lead to tremendous improvements in your joint pain. Exercise can also improve bone density and joint function, which can help prevent and alleviate osteoarthritis as you age.
A balanced diet, rich in fruit, vegetables and fishes is the best way to help your joints. To get those all-important inflammation-reducing foods into your system, eat at least 2 portions of fish per week and if you don’t .Include Beans and pulses in your diet, as they are crucial in helping your body repair itself. Try to avoid too much sugar in your diet, as it can cause inflammation in the body and make any joint pain worse.
Foods that content Omega 3 fatty acids are able to prevent and calm the inflammation:
Salmon, Sardines and Herring
Walnuts, Black Beans, Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
Cod liver Oil and Flaxseed Oil
Many other foods are naturally anti-inflammatory:
Fruits – Strawberries, Blueberries, Cherries and Oranges
Green Leafy Vegetables such as Spinach , Kale and Collards
Fatty Fishes – mackerel, tuna, and sardines
Tomatoes and Olive Oil
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