A healthy overall diet has multiple benefits that many know about such as shrinking waistlines and a healthy heart, but healthy diets also affect other parts of your body as well, including your feet!
A healthy diet helps in preventing obesity, resisting inflammation build up, fighting off osteoporosis, improving circulation, and the management of diabetes.
Preventing Obesity – The go to thought is a trimmer waistline and flatter stomach come with healthy eating, but a managed overall weight is very important for a healthy body and feet. Excessive Weight can cause abnormal amounts of strain on your feet that can lead to plantar fasciitis and other common foot problems.
Preventing Inflammation – A diet that consists of high sugar and trans fats is a leading cause of inflammation build up in your feet and legs. This has also been linked directly with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the band of tissue at the bottom of your foot. When planning your meals make sure to add more Omega-3’s fats, such as salmon or fish oil supplements, to help prevent inflammation.
Preventing Osteoporosis – Filling your diet with high calcium and vitamin D can help build stronger bones which helps prevent osteoporosis. As we age, our balance deteriorates, making us more vulnerable to falls and subsequent fractures. Strong bones can help stave off broken bones in your entire body, including your feet and legs!
Improving Circulation – Circulation is very important to your feet and lower legs. A diet that is low in saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium and rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head – most commonly in the arteries of the legs. This can cause many issues with your legs and feet.
Managing Diabetes – A diet rich in whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables and a limited amount of fats and sweets is recommended for people that have diabetes. This disease is the leading cause of damaging arteries that bring blood to your lower extremities. It can be managed with the correct diet and physician monitored exercise.
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