Healthy foods benefit your whole body. They variety of food you eat can affect many different parts of your body, including the bones, tissues, and skin on your feet. This is an important consideration, especially if you have issues with or are at risk of developing arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes. A varied, nutritional diet can also be great for taking preventative measures to care for your feet before problems arise.
The following foods in particular are great for your feet:
- Water –Hydration has many benefits: keeping your skin (heels) moisturized and elastic, supporting muscle function and recovery, and allowing for smooth digestion.
- Raw Vegetables – Fresh, raw veggies have lots of minerals and vitamins. They also have many enzymes that are necessary for optimal muscle tissue repair.
- Dark, Leafy Greens like Spinach and Collard Greens – Surprisingly, they have calcium for strong bones. They also have many other vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Dairy Products like milk and yogurt – Calcium and Vitamin D (in vitamin D-enriched products) are typically known to be in dairy products. You need both to build strong bones.
- Chia Seeds, Walnuts, Fatty Fish, and other Seafood – These foods are full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which help to reduce inflammation in joints. They also help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Meats, Soybeans, and Eggs – Muscles, tendons, and ligaments need protein to build and recover from workouts, as well as strengthening and conditioning.
- Nuts, Ginger, and Turmeric – These are great anti-inflammatory foods – great for those suffering from joint pain due to inflammation.
- Dark Chocolate, Nuts, and Goji Berries – Antioxidant-rich foods such as these can help prevent cancer from free radicals, as well as help to nourish and protect skin.
Exercise is also important for building strong bones and improving cardiovascular health. Another sources of Vitamin D is getting about 20 minutes of sunlight per day. If you can, get some cardiovascular exercise for at least 20 minutes a day out in the sun to get benefits from both exercise and sunlight!
Need more information or wondering how to improve foot health? Make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office.