Foods Good for Joints and Bones
By Sara Butler
No matter your age, flexible joints and strong bones are vital to your continued health and wellness. Seeing the chiropractor regularly is one way to look after your joints and bones, but there is something you can do on your own to ensure the continued health of these body parts: eat well. Here's why joint and bone health are so important and what you can do to ensure that these structures stay healthy.
All About Bones and Joints
You may think that only children need to worry about bone formation, but the truth is that while bone density does peak for people around the age of 25, you're still building bone and keeping it strong as you get older. Of course, you do reach a time in life when bone loss accelerates and that can be bad for your bones and your joints too.
As you get older, your joints often become less flexible due to loss of lubricating fluid, shortened ligaments, and thinning cartilage. While age-related changes to your bones and joints are inevitable, there are things that can make them worse such as inactivity and poor diet choices.
Foods for Healthy Bones and Joints
To keep your bones strong and your joints flexible, consider introducing these foods into your diet:
- Fatty fish - Some types of fish, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and herring help to reduce inflammation and make your joints feel and move better. Plus they're full of calcium to help your bones stay strong.
- Berries - Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are great sources of antioxidants, another substance that contributes to the health of your bones and joints. Cherries also help your body to recover from exercise faster -- and exercise helps to keep your joints flexible and your bones strong.
- Dark, leafy greens - Dark, leafy green vegetables such as kale, chard, collard greens, bok choy, and spinach are full of potassium, magnesium, and calcium, essential minerals for joint and bone health
- Olive oil - Olive oil is great for joints and bones because it contains the compound oleocanthal, which helps to reduce inflammation and reduce sensitivity to pain in the joints
If you're worried about the health of your bones and joints, or you simply want more information about how to care for them throughout your life, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.