Do you suffer from joint discomfort or pain? Do you worry you might be at risk of future joint problems because of your weight, or because of a family history that’s hard to ignore? The good news is that there are things you can include in your diet that can help support your joint health.
Fish oil tablets, fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Plant-based sources such as walnuts, chia seeds, canola oils and margarine, and flax seeds. All great sources of omega 3 fats that are not only great for joint health, but also for brain function.
Often pain in your joints results from inflammation, and so regular intake of foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce systemic inflammation, including in joints. Good choices include turmeric, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, pineapple, and many other fruit and vegetables.
For those suffering from mild to moderate joint pain, glucosamine is a natural nutritional supplement that you can try as an alternative to pain medication. It does take time to start showing effects but is certainly a good option to try. As always, check with your GP to make sure any supplement you include in your diet isn’t going to interact in a negative way with current medication or preexisting medical conditions.
Naturally low-calorie foods
Choosing foods that have a high fibre and water content, and are nutrient dense – as opposed to calorie dense and nutrient poor – is an excellent strategy for encouraging weight loss while still getting in a full plate of food.
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