Winter Foods to Keep your Body Healthy

Cooler temperatures are upon us, and many of your summertime food favorites are out of season. To aid with your orthopedic care program, add these great wintertime options into your diet for joint health improvement.

Winter Squash

High in important antioxidants such as Vitamins A and C, these winter favorites help you fight off cell damage caused by free radicals — an unwanted byproduct of normal metabolic processes. In addition, inflammation in the body is reduced when you eat foods like these, and you’ll love delicious options like pumpkins, acorn and butternut squashes. Make them into a tasty soup, or roast them with healthy fats and spices for a wonderfully warm treat for your joints.

Dark Leafy GreensOrthopedic_Care

If you live in parts of the country where kale, mustard and collard greens look sickly in the winter, visit the refrigerated and frozen sections of the store. High in Vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium, dark leafy greens are a low calorie source of great fuel plus they provide essential ingredients for strong bones and comfortable joints.  Eat these greens fresh in a salad or gently steam them with some olive oil and spices to enjoy every bit of your treatment plan!

Citrus

Winter is often the best time of year to get the most premium pieces of citrus. Oranges, tangelos, grapefruit, limes, and lemons have healthy amounts of Vitamin C, but did you know that they are great for orthopedic care due to their calcium and potassium? Avoid the juiced versions that contain tons of sugar, and go straight for the fresh fruit. Some medications conflicts with grapefruit so make sure to talk to your doctor before making dietary changes.

Wintertime does not mean the end of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Talk to your orthopedic care specialist for more advice on great foods for joint health.

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