What You Eat Affects Your Feet

The fall harvest means plenty of fresh veggies and fruit available, which is great when it comes to maintaining a nutritional diet. Besides the commonly known health benefits of eating right such as a strong heart and healthy weight, did you know what you eat affects your feet, too? It’s true!

Inflammation, pain, and even certain conditions like arthritis and diabetes that can take their toll on your feet, can actually be avoided by what you put on your plate. Follow these nutritional guidelines to keep both you and your feet healthy and strong!

Here’s how to eat for healthy feet:

Say so long to swelling - Limit refined grains, sugars, and trans or saturated fat that can increase tissue inflammation.

Up your calcium intake – calcium-rich foods are great for strong bones, 26 of which can be found in your feet! Stave off arthritis and injuries by drinking plenty of milk and eating cheese, yogurt, and leafy green vegetables like broccoli and collard greens.

Make friends with “good” fats – Steer clear of terms like “partially hydrogenated” and “saturated” and instead look for mono or poly unsaturated fats (Omega-3 and Omega-9). These types of fats can actually benefit cholesterol and nerve health as well as reduce your risk of diabetes. To include these in your diet, help yourself to some salmon, tuna, avocados, nuts, or olives.

Shake the salt habit – Just like too much sugar can cause a host of health problems, high levels of sodium can also have negative effects, such as inflammation and issues with your blood flow.

So before you fill your grocery cart or dig in for seconds, keep these tips in mind (and on the menu) when you’re at the market or at the table ­­-- your feet will thank you for it!

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Categories: Foot Care