How Your Diet Affects Joint Degeneration
If you’ve been experiencing joint pain, a hidden cause may be lurking in your everyday life: your diet. At MedLink, we understand how important nutrition is to overall health, and we strive to help patients minimize pain and incorporate healthy patterns into their lifestyles. In this blog post, we will analyze what can cause joint pain, how diet impacts it, and how our services can help you live a life with less pain.
The Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain can be the result of many different underlying causes, including major illnesses such as osteoarthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Joint pain can also have mild and temporary causes, such as overexercise or sudden injury. There are numerous practices that can help you relieve mild joint pain, including hot or cold compresses, massage therapy, acupuncture, and mild exercise.
In addition to treating your pain locally, it’s important to understand that your daily choices about what you eat may be contributing to joint pain also.
Your Diet’s Impact on Your Joints
Nutrition is little more than an afterthought for many people, but it should be a priority, since what we eat has a large impact on our joints. There are certain foods that increase inflammation and contribute to joint pain, such as sugar, salt, alcohol, and more. Reducing your consumption of these foods as much as possible or eliminating them completely can help your joint pain.
According to a study conducted by NPR in accordance with Truven Health Analytics, 75 percent of Americans say that they eat healthy. Considering the fact that health challenges associated with poor dietary choices are rampant in our country, it would appear that many people struggle to understand what eating healthy really looks like.
So what can you eat to reduce inflammation and lessen your joint pain? At MedLink, we advise eating a variety of foods that have been shown to reduce joint aches, including foods rich in Omega 3’s like salmon; vegetables such as broccoli and spinach; healthy fats, such as avocado; and turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
How MedLink Can Help
If you’re overwhelmed with knowing where to begin when grocery shopping and need a knowledgeable presence to guide your health journey, we can assist you. At MedLink, we provide a grocery shopping guidance service to patients who join our Elite 12 month program. In addition to having 24/7 access to your doctor, we will personally join you at your local grocery store and help you shop for healthy alternatives to your current favorites, provide nutrition education, and teach you how to properly read food labels.
If you’d like to start reducing your joint pain and eating healthier through proper nutrition education designed to help you feel your best, MedLink’s grocery shopping guidance service may be for you. To learn more, contact us today.