It’s important to support your joints because they are one of the most valuable systems of your body! Your knees, elbows, shoulders, back, and hips are necessary for movement, running, walking, and getting up/down out of furniture or bed.
Being kind to your joints is super important and easy to do with proper nutrition. Here are a few ways you can maintain your joint health with good food.
Turmeric is the ultimate weapon in battling inflammation. When inflammation gets into your joints, the swelling and blood flow to the area can make it difficult for the joints to move within their full range of motion, and it can cause aches and pains that can lead to difficulty walking and moving.
Turmeric helps reduce those aches and pains.
Cooking with turmeric will help get its anti-inflammatory properties working within your body. You can also reduce inflammation with this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe! The smoothie not only contains turmeric, but it also contains carrots and other vegetables and ingredients that are also good for your skin and hair.
Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is a huge proponent of inflammation. Consuming too much alcohol can cause your joints, muscles, and organs to become inflamed, which has a direct effect on your skin, hair, and eye health. Alcohol also dehydrates you, which is why those specific areas of your body are damaged from over consumption.
Reduce your consumption of alcohol—or cut it out all together—and you will soon see that your joints will feel less inflamed and your skin will be more radiant than ever. The lack of inflammation from reduced amounts of alcohol will support your joints working properly with no pain or discomfort.
Eat More Fiber
The average person needs between 28 and 38 grams of fiber in their diet (and fiber reduces inflammation!). When you eat enough oatmeal, flaxseeds, carrots, sweet potatoes, fruits, quinoa, and brown rice—just to name a few—you will bring your level of inflammation down and that means happier joints and muscles.
Make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet and soon you will see not only the digestive benefits but the mobility benefits as well.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 is great for reducing inflammation in your joints making it easier to use your hands, walk longer distances, and get up and down with ease. Eating foods like salmon, tuna, and sardines will give that powerful punch you need to keep inflammation down and good mobility up.
Working these proteins into salads and dinners is a great way to make sure you are getting enough in your diet. Not only do they protect the joints, but they also provide energy for athletes who are the hardest on their bodies. A small amount works because even a little bit can go a long way.