Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Diet for Joint Health

Do you want to be a part of the largest single-day sporting event in Houston, TX? Coming up on January 19th, 2014 is the Chevron Houston Marathon that will have you running alongside 20,000 participants. You will be cheered on by marching bands, Elvis impersonators, bagpipers, and cheerleaders – now that is a way to race!

As exciting as this kind of event sounds, maybe you are someone who struggles with even a short walk due to pain in your joints. A marathon is definitely geared to the elite runner, but when joint pain prevents you from the simplest exercise, it can be very frustrating. Years of wear and tear can take a toll on your joints and result in arthritis. One of the best ways to combat pain and improve your joint health is through your diet.

Avoiding foods that trigger your joint pain or contribute to inflammation will be the foundation for your diet. Start with limiting the amount of fried and processed foods you consume. It is advisable to get your protein from vegetables, nut butters, beans and lentils. White flour baked goods, candy, high sugar foods, and excess salt can result in inflammation. It helps to always pay attention to the labels, and avoid the quick, microwaveable meals – they may be convenient but are full of additives and preservatives. On the other hand, wild salmon in particular is full of anti-inflammatory properties, and almonds, papaya, apples, black beans and broccoli are great foods to eat for healthy joints.

If you are struggling with joint pain, especially in your feet or ankles, it doesn’t have to be that way.Contact Dr. Jeff Bowman at Houston Foot Specialists for expert care and treatment. Call our office in Houston, TX at (713) 467-8886 to make an appointment today.

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