Easing Joint Pain with Your Diet and Activity Levels
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

by Liz Bonis & Merby Curtis, WKRC

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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) – If you’ve noticed you aren’t able to enjoy summer activities as much after this long pandemic year, a change in diet might help.

The COVID-19 year has been especially hard on our joints. In some cases, it’s due to increased weight. In others, it’s due to inactivity, a joint condition or an immune system problem, like arthritis, getting worse.

The team at OrthoCincy said this is the perfect time of the year to ease joint pain with the help of your diet and perhaps a change in activity.

The Mediterranean diet is now linked to reduced joint pain. It’s loaded with far more plant foods, seafood and legumes, like beans and nuts, than the typical American diet.

If you break these down by category, eating for your joints includes olive oil; fatty fish, such as salmon; flaxseed; foods with soy, such as edamame, broccoli and cauliflower or vegetables that crunch; green tea and a few spices, such as turmeric and ginger.

In addition, remember that body resistance, or strength training, is also critical for healthy bones, especially throughout your lifetime.

The latest research shows this pandemic year has been really hard on our bones and joints. Local 12 asked Dr. Amelia Wiggins, an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoCincy, if she was surprised to hear that.

“Weight-bearing activity helps to build bone,” said Dr. Wiggins. “During the pandemic, gyms were shut down. I used to go to the gym twice a week, and I haven’t done that in over a year now. I have done other things to supplement to exercise, but I haven’t done my strength training, so I’m not surprised to hear that.”

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