Whether you’re 25 or 55, whether you’ve just started a walking regimen or you’ve been training for marathons for years, and whether you want to admit it or not… One day, you will probably experience joint pain or injury. It’s just a normal part of life, and it happens to almost everyone.
Exercise is actually one of the best things you can do to protect your joints (and the rest of your health). But you also need to support your joints nutritionally, to keep them as healthy as possible. So remember to incorporate these five things into your diet.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D protects your joints and promotes bone health, but many people are deficient in it. Make sure you’re consuming enough vitamin D, whether through fortified dairy products or via supplements.
Fish. Include salmon, herring, sardines, or mackerel in your diet regularly. These fish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation (often the source of joint problems).
Fruits and vegetables. You can also fight inflammation in the body by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are packed with anti-oxidants to fight free radicals. Remember to incorporate produce in a variety of colors (red, yellow, orange, purple, etc) into your diet.
In particular, you might want to eat more tart cherries. They contain a phytonutrient called anthocyanins, which can reduce oxidative damage caused by exercise.
Ginger. Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory nutrients, and can reduce muscle pain after exercise. Grate it into your food, or try it in tea or smoothies.
Turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Some people with arthritis even supplement with curcumin for relief of their symptoms.
We also recommend that you make an appointment with us to discuss your exercise or weight loss objectives. We can help you with a nutritional plan that is specifically tailored to support your goals.