4 Ways To Eat Your Way To Healthy Feet
Part of being healthy means having healthy feet. In addition to routine foot care, a healthy diet can play a vital role in keeping your feet feeling and looking great. The great philosopher Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” A great number of health conditions can be avoided by simply eating well. Here are some great foot-friendly foods that will have you walking tall with healthy skin and strong, bones, muscles and connective tissues.
- Skincare – Dark chocolate is not only delicious, but its properties include flavonoids, which help to absorb UV light. Pomegranates provide important antioxidants to keep skin looking healthy, and walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that improve skin elasticity. Keep your feet supple with these tasty treats!
- Strong muscles – Cottage cheese contains whey protein, which helps in muscle building and recovery. Throw in some granola for a high carb treat after a workout, which also has protein. Cherries are loaded with antioxidants as well, which reduce inflammation in muscle tissue and relieve muscle soreness.
- Ligaments – Pineapple is a delicious source of enzymes that help to repair strained ligaments, while broccoli is a power-packed vitamin C food that produces collagen for tissue growth and repair. Sardines provide much-needed calcium for strong bone and tissue growth. These foods can help with healing a partial tendon tear or fascial strain!
- Bone strength – Spinach is more than a Popeye food – it’s loaded with calcium and is an especially good source of it if you are lactose intolerant. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and also deliver potent doses of vitamin D for strengthening bones. Even orange juice is great for bones, which is usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Other dairy sources are usually good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well.
You don’t have to search far for any of these items, as they are all readily available at your local supermarket! Keeping your diet diverse, nutritious, and intentional will ensure that you give your body the best chance to fight disease, inflammatory conditions, and foot problems. Along with exercise, your diet can very well help to reduce the need for prescription drugs and prevent painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, peripheral artery disease, neuropathy and more.
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