Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Four Ingredients Your Joints Will Love

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Think of your joints like hinges: fill them with gunk, and they’ll have trouble functioning. Clean and care for them, and they’ll keep swinging longer. Try incorporating these ingredients into your summer recipes for a jolt of joint-friendly goodness.


Why: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a smart choice when your joints are swollen or if you’re suffering from arthritis. It may take time to provide the best effects, so we suggest finding a ginger recipe you won’t mind indulging in regularly.

Recipe: Try a refreshing ginger lassi! Lassi, common in parts of India and Nepal, is a drink made with thinned yogurt. They’re cool, refreshing, and offer a bit more substance than traditional fruit smoothies. The yogurt gives them a little bit of bite, and means you’re also getting some calcium and protein. This recipe recommends a teaspoon of ginger, but if you like the flavor of ginger, you can certainly add more– some versions call for two tablespoons.

Broccoli Rabe

Why: Broccoli rabe is a terrific, non-dairy source of calcium–which is a must-have for strong bones and joints. It’s a little more sour than the more familiar variety of broccoli–in a good way, fans of the rabe would argue. It also gives you some vitamin A and fiber.

Recipe: Take it to the grill! Grilling seasoned broccoli rabe gives it some interesting texture without boiling away the nutrients.

Salmon or other Fatty Fish

Why: Fatty fish are a great source of vitamin D, which is essential for absorbing calcium. You can get this vitamin from time outside, too–but some people may have trouble absorbing their vitamin D this way, or may not spend enough time outside. Plus, you’re getting heart healthy omegas and protein–not to mention tasty, tasty fish.

Recipe: This Salmon Club with Avocado Butter. Ideally, you’d be eating this in a leafy yard overlooking the lake, but it’s also portable enough to bring into the office.


Why: Omega 3 fatty acids, found in walnuts, help joints work more smoothly. Fatty fish are a great source, but so are walnuts–especially if you are avoiding fish. Plus, they have some protein.

Recipe: Walnut and red pepper dip is a yummy alternative to hummus–try it with veggies, on pita bread, or in a wrap.

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Four Ways to Maintain Joint Health

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When it comes to joint pain and aches, the best cure is often prevention. Below are some tips for maintaining joint health as you age:

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Extra pounds put extra pressure on your joints. In fact, research suggests that for every pound gained, a person puts approximately four times more stress on their knees. Maintaining a healthy weight means happier, less stressed joints today and in years to come.

Get Your Heart Pumping

Get some cardio in! Getting your heart rate up may help reduce joint swelling. If joint pain is already an issue, then opt for bicycling or swimming–both of which can get your heart pumping while being gentle on joints.

Bulk Up

Build strong muscles to support your joints. This will help alleviate some of the pressure on the joints themselves. A medical professional or physical therapist can help recommend exercises that will help bulk you up in key areas.

Fuel Up

Your joints and the muscles that support them rely on quality nutrients to stay strong. Get the lowdown on some great joint-friendly ingredients to try here.

Interested in learning more about how you can care for your joints now so that they’ll stay strong? Request an appointment with our joint experts today!

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