We have all grown up hearing the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Is that true? If so, what affect does your diet have on your bone and joint health?
These are the questions we asked Dr. Andrew Morris, dual-board certified Orthopedic Surgeon at Anniston Orthopaedic Associates.
When it comes to eating healthy, Dr. Morris recommends checking out Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen Checklistfrom nutritionfacts.org. In this list, Dr. Greger, a physician, New York Times best-selling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues explains that not all plant-based foods are created equal, and focuses on the twelve foods and habits we should all try to fit into our daily routines for optimum health.
The Daily Dozen is good for everyday health, but what about patients recovering from surgery? “Protein, zinc, and vitamin C help heal wounds after surgery,” says Dr. Morris. “In general, you’ve got to eat and have your protein levels up in order for the wound to heal. You’ve got to have calcium and Vitamin D on board to help the bone to heal if you have a fracture. And it just helps to avoid infection to take your vitamins and have a healthy diet.”
If you’re looking for a more joint-specific diet, you can also find helpful information at Web MD. In an article entitled “Eat Right to Maintain Healthy Joints,” author Kerri-Ann Jennings, RD, MS lists seven joint-helpful foods including cherries, red peppers, canned salmon, oatmeal, turmeric, walnuts and kale. She also gives other helpful suggestions concerning a joint-healthy diet.
At Anniston Orthopedic Associates, we strive to assist our patients in total health wellness. We would love to serve you. Call for your appointment today. 256-236-4121.
Anniston Orthopaedic Associates, P.A., is conveniently located in the Tyler Center on the campus of Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center. Our office is on the third floorwith easy access to the parking deck attached to the north side of the building.
731 Leighton Avenue, Suite 300
Anniston, Alabama 36207