Everything from regular exercise to foot massage is essential for maintaining your foot health. In addition, it is important to practice good nutritional habits in order to keep your feet healthy. Certain foods such as those that are high in sugar can cause inflammation, particularly in your feet. This inflammation can have a significant, and negative, impact on your overall foot health. However, health issues that can be avoided, or managed, by having the right diet. Here are a few tips and tricks for eating right for your foot health.
Avoid Foods that Cause Inflammation
Many foods that contain sugar, refined grains, trans and saturated fats, as well as foods high in omega 6, can cause serious foot inflammation. Plantar Fasciitis is a common, and severe, inflammation that affects the bottoms of your feet. However, this can be avoided by having proper nutrition. It is best to avoid red meats, fast food, sugary snacks, and vegetable oils because they are all high in chemicals that cause inflammation. In addition, it is best to avoid any foods that cause your blood sugar to rise at an accelerated rate such as white flour, pasta, and sugary sweets- these can cause severe inflammation, as well.
A Well-Balanced Diet
Having a well-rounded and well-balanced diet, that is rich in fruits and vegetables, is the best way to combat the vast majority of foot related health issues. However, eating green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach is ideal because of their high levels of iron and antioxidants- which promote good circulation. In addition, cranberries have also been shown to promote good circulation, as well as, alleviate inflammation. It is also important to have a diet that is rich in Omega 3s in order to combat the negative effects of Omega 6s, that are found in vegetable oils. Fatty fish, like salmon, are an amazing source of omega 3s. You can even supplement your diet with fish oil capsules.
Proper Nutrition for All-Around Good Health
Major health issues such as obesity and diabetes can have a profound effect on your foot health, and, overall, general health. Obesity can put an immense amount of strain on your feet, which can lead to cramping and pain. In addition, obesity can cause serious circulation problems, particularly in your lower extremities. Eating a balanced diet that is low in fat and sugar will help you lose weight and keep it off, therefore, alleviating the strain on your feet and correcting any circulation problems you may be experiencing. Additionally, it is important for those with diabetes to eat a diet comprised mainly of whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and lean meats in order to avoid foot health complications that are associated with their disease.
Feel free to contact us you have any further questions and concerns about your foot health and nutritional habits. For a consultation, call Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center, at 562-420-9800, to set up an appointment today.