In winters, eat right to keep joint pain at bay

Keep your joints pain-free with the good kind of food. Winter season brings with itself chilly days and even colder nights. While the cozy woollens are the definite rescuer, what’s more attractive is overfill on street food.

On the flip side, for the elderly and those with weaker bones, winter is synonymous with joint pain. The period becomes discouraging particularly for those who suffer from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The nerve endings in the joints become hypertensive because of the wintry weather, causing intense pain.

One such nutrient is Vitamin D. It is known for nourishes the bones by keeping calcium in the body. Its insufficiency can be a major cause for various bone illness such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

Look at the nutrients and foods that are associated with bone health.

Calcium:

It plays a key role in constructing and nourishing of bones. Calcium is not produced by the body and is absorbed from the food that is consumed. Therefore, it is important to have dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese; green leafy veggies; broccoli; almonds; sesame seeds; cereals; orange and figs in your food platter.

Vitamin D:

This ‘sunshine’ nutrient is best obtained from sunlight. Soaking up the sun is a sure-shot way to get ample amount of Vitamin D but foods like mushroom, egg, omega 3 rich fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel and soy milk too can help keep your bones healthy. Omega 3 rich foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve arthritis patients from joint pain.

Vitamin A&C:

Especially main for arthritis patients, Vitamin C is a key element for building of cartilage and helps in soaking of calcium for nourishing of bones. Snack on oranges, spinach, red and green bell pepper, broccoli, carrot, beetroot, apple, guava, and banana. Enjoy winters by munching on sweet potatoes, which is known to decrease swelling, and nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and peanuts would also help in keeping your body warm. Even chronic arthritis patients and those who have undergone knee surgery can benefit by modifying their food platter with these superfoods. You can do nothing about seasonal changes but you have the choice of being better-prepared to deal with the problems that creep up with the wintry weather.

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