“Let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food” Hippocrates
Diet can have a huge effect on the way your body functions; by eating correctly you can improve your energy levels, sporting performance, injury recovery, ability to fight disease and your sleep patterns.
In addition to osteopathy, Jason is a qualified weight management consultant and can offer advice for people struggling to lose weight, have problems with illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease, or just uncertain about how much exercise they should be doing or even what type of exercise they should be doing.
Omega 3 is a very important fat and very beneficial for people with arthritis or other inflammatory disorders. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the polyunsaturated fats which studies have demonstrated can help reduce symptoms of both Otseo and rheumatoid arthritis.
The best foods for omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon (especially wild), Herring, Mackerel (not king), Sardines, Anchovies, Rainbow Trout, Pacific Oysters, Omega-3-fortified eggs, Flaxseed (ground and oil), and Walnuts.
Vitamin C is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of cartilage. In addition, research suggests that people who eat a diet low in vitamin C may have a greater risk of developing some kinds of arthritis. It makes sense to make vitamin C-rich foods an important part of your daily diet.
Some of the best foods containing vitamin C include: Oranges, Potatoes, Broccoli, Sweet Peppers (yellow/red/green), Strawberries, Pineapple, Lemons, Sprouts, Kidney Beans, Kiwi, Mangos and much much more!
Ginger and Turmeric
Like fruits and vegetables, spices come from plant sources and they can have powerful effects on health. Certain spices seem to have anti-inflammatory effects and therefore should be considered for decreasing the pain of arthritis.
Ginger and Turmeric contains chemicals that work similarly to some anti-inflammatory medications, so its effects on arthritis pain are not surprising. However it can also act as a blood thinner so if you are taking Warfarin or other blood-thinning medication (Anti-coagulants) or you have other illnesses, you should chat to your GP first if you are considering adding additional amounts of ginger and turmeric to your diet.
Inflammation produces free radicals, these are cell-damaging molecules that are formed in response to toxins or natural body processes. Our joints, are just as prone to this free radical damage as much as the skin, eyes or any other body tissue.
Antioxidants are thought to protect the body from the effects of free radicals and therefore should be a part of our diet. Research has suggested that certain antioxidants may help prevent arthritis, Heart disease, certain cancers and a multitude of other illnesses that today’s society is suffering.
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