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A healthy diet keeps your knees, hips, ankles and other joints healthy but also helps them heal from injury and, in the long term, prevent arthritis. Here are awesome foods for joints health.
Foods to Avoid When You Have Joint Discomfort
You might find that some foods to avoid for healthy joints are quite surprising. Some other might be unsurprisingly very similar to foods you should avoid for your general health. Surprising or not, the reason why you should avoid them is mostly based on their inflammatory properties:
- Grain-fed red meats (Grass-fed red meats usually contains less total fat than grain-fed and up to 5 times as much Omega-3)
- Flour-based products
- Foods with trans-saturated fats
- Fried foods
- Fast food
Foods that are great for joints health
The best foods for joint are those that have natural anti-inflammatory properties and that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Exactly how much you need depends on your age, sex and how active you are. Without keeping you waiting any longer, here are great foods for joints health:
- Nuts and seeds
- Colorful fruit & veg
- Lean protein
- Soy products
- Green tea
Finally, some other things you can do to protect your joints
- Maintain a healthy weight: For every extra pound you lose, you can reduce the load on your articulations three-fold.
- Get active: Aim for 30 minutes of gentle exercise most days – try joint-supportive activities such as swimming.
- Rest your joints regularly: Listen to your body and know when you need to take time out.
- Protect your joints: You can use a brace when doing activities that are hard for your joints.
- Stop smoking: Those who smoke are twice as likely to develop cartilage loss.
- Sunshine Boost your vitamin D levels: Apart from getting Vitamin D from the foods you eat, such as milk, the action of sunlight on your skin promotes the production of vitamin D too. Low levels of the ‘sunshine’ vitamin are associated with osteoarthritis, so head outside in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense without sunscreen for 15 minutes.
In conclusion, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and generally taking care of yourself are all keys in keeping your joints moving freely.