Nutrition Matters: Bone and Joint Health

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Everyone knows that the nutrients in certain foods can boost immunity, improve heart health, and promote overall well being, but not everyone knows that nutrition is also a key component in bone and joint health too.

Our joints are important for movement and functioning. They allow you to bend, stretch, reach, turn and rotate. As you age, become more sedentary or gain weight, arthritic changes in the joints can start. This happens because the joints begin to degenerate, which causes pain and discomfort in daily activities.

You can build strength and stability in your joints as well as the ligaments, muscles and bones that surround them through a combination of: exercise, healthy eating, and nutritional supplements.

Weight loss and exercise: The more extra weight you carry around, the harder it is on your joints and bones. You lower back, hips and knees all support the weight of your body. Losing excess body weight will help ease the strain on your joints.

In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, exercise plays an important role in helping keep bones and joints strong. Exercise can be a simple as going for a short walk – anything to get your body moving. Try adding resistance and strength training to your routine to increase the muscles around your joints and ligaments.

Healthy eating and nutrition: Foods rich in nutrients make for strong bones. Calcium is an important nutrient; make sure to eat foods such that include dairy, or vegetables such as broccoli and kale that are rich with calcium. If you’re lactose intolerant, check with your doctor to see if calcium supplements are a good fit for you.

Vitamin C and antioxidants are also great for your immune system and joint health. Eat colorful fruits like oranges and berries. Omega-3 fatty acids are important too. They have several health benefits and may boost joint health, heart health, and decrease pain and swelling. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and calcium

Cheers to a healthy life and a nutritional month of March!

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