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Orthopedic Health And How It Relates To Your Diet

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:50 / By Omni Orthopaedics Staff

Orthopedic Health And How It Relates To Your Diet

Your Diet plays an important role in your orthopedic health. The first thing that normally comes to your mind when you think about foods that strengthen your musculoskelital system is probably milk. It isn’t just about dairy, though. While milk is an incredibly efficient way to get your daily calcium intake, there are plenty of other foods to incorporate into your diet for overall bone health.  Diet and nutrition play a key role in bone health and can help you avoid osteoperosis, fractures and much more.

The two most important nutrients needed for healthy bones are calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is not made in our bodies, we have to eat calcium-rich foods to absorb the nutrient. Calcium serves as a crucial building block of bone tissue. Our bodies need help absorbing calcium, and that is where vitamin D comes in. Vitamin D helps us effectively absorb calcium from the foods we eat. While there are plenty of foods around us containing calcium. Foods such as sardines, salmon, cheeses, yogurt, broccoli, kale, and other greens are an excellent source of calcium. 

It is a little more imposing to find foods with significant amounts of vitamin D. For instance, fish is one of the primary foods with a substantial natural level of vitamin D. Many choose to take a supplement to get enough vitamin D into their diet.  Cold water fish such as salmon and mackerel, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well, which can help keep your joints healthy. In fact, studies show omega-3s can reduce the pain and inflammation of stiff joints in people with arthritis. Because you probably don't have time to grill fish every night, consider supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules.

Be supplement savvy. Glucosamine, a supplement made from the shells of crab, lobster and shrimp, has been shown to ease joint pain and stiffness, particularly in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to cartilage repair.



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