The holiday season is a time when most people indulge in festive foods in the company of friends and family. If you suffer from joint problems like arthritis, it can be a bit tricky trying to ensure you avoid foods that can exacerbate age-related wear and tear in your joints. Here are some favorite holiday foods that are good for your joints:
Turkey: This holiday staple contains large amounts of iron and is low in fat if you serve it without the skin. Iron helps prevent anemia which is a common problem for people with arthritis. It also contains selenium which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent joint degeneration.
Salmon: It can be a good alternative to turkey or can be served as a good starter for dinner. Salmon contains high quantities of vitamin D which helps your body absorb of calcium from food.
Cheese Boards: Whether it’s a fancy cheese board with several varieties of cheese or just a simple smooth Stilton with cucumber slices, nibbling from a cheese board can help improve your calcium intake and decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis.
Festive Fruits and Vegetables: Clementines, also known as Christmas oranges, are very sweet and a practically seedless fruit that can be substituted for chocolates or other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. All types of colored fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of antioxidants which fight against inflammation.
Pudding: Traditional pudding made from plenty of fresh and dried fruits and nuts is low in fat are good for your bones and joints. You can enjoy it with low-fat custard made from skimmed milk to improve calcium levels.
Your main goals should be to eat a well-balanced diet and not put on extra weight during the holiday season.
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