Autumn is knocking on our door, and with the changing of the seasons comes the snap, crackle, and pop of joints that, through the years, have tumbled in piles of crisp leaves, toiled in preparation of fall feasts, and traversed so many neighborhoods (as children ourselves and with our own children) to score the very best treats on each block.
As we pack away our flip flops and beach chairs, we’ll soon put out the pumpkins, apple cider, and cornstalks. And the skeletons. Remember the skeleton song? “The hip bone’s connected to the back bone…the back bone’s connected to the neck bone…the neck bone’s connected to the head bone,” and on and on it goes. Only today, the skeletons are, evidently, much cooler, as they know dance moves and wear sunglasses. Now that’s what we call a treat!
The tricks have come a long way as well. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel started a tricky tradition many years ago and asked parents to pretend they ate all the Halloween candy and record and submit the reactions of their children accordingly. If you aren’t familiar, don’t worry; the parents eventually tell the children the truth and that it was all just a trick with the treats. And Jimmy also uses the videos for good, and in them, shares the link for Operation Gratitude, where leftover candy (and other items) can be donated to United States troops.
When it comes to candy, while it may make mouths smile, unless it is packing some serious levels of ingredients such as non-processed cherries, blueberries, or blackberries, it isn’t going to help with those creaky bones and inflamed joints. In fact, processed foods can be detrimental to good joint health, and of course, so can excessive weight gain.
To help keep kicking, WebMD shares food choice advice from sports nutritionist Nancy Clark. “‘We want to go toward more natural, closer to the earth, and less-processed foods, while avoiding fried and processed foods, trans fats, and charred meat,’ which increase inflammation.”
So put down the Snickers bar and pick up foods that are rich in anthocyanins (such as the cherries, blueberries, and blackberries we snuck into the discussion earlier), vitamin C, calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3. Where can you find such vitamins and nutrients that tend to be an ally to angry joints? WebMD provides a helpful and healthy list that ranges from the garden to the ocean, and the following are a few examples:
- Red Peppers
- Canned Salmon
- Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger (great for fall recipes, too!)
For more natural alternatives to help ease pain and swelling in the joints, contact Gladiator Therapeutics today. Have a safe and happy fall season!
NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.