We all know how important it is to take care of our bones. We are always told to eat food that contains calcium or sit outside, during day time to get some vitamin D from the sunlight. Bones are one of the most important structures of our body and should be taken care of, as they form the basic structure of our body, help us maintain posture and perform movements. We know that if we do not take proper care of our bones and let them weaken, they result in many issues including osteoporosis that affects our daily life and causes pain and difficulty in movements. However, bones are not the only thing that we should take care of; there are some other things as well.
Cartilage is a soft, flexible structure that makes up our ears, nose, rib cage and bronchial tubules. It is also present at the ends of our bones and is found in the joints between the bones like the elbows, knees and ankles etc. It is also found in the end of the ribs, in the vertebrae in the spine, also in ears and nose and in bronchial tubes or airways.
Cartilage protects the bones from rubbing against each other’s joints, acting as a pad or a cushion for them. We should keep our cartilage strong and healthy as it affects our health very deeply. Cartilage makes our body movement smooth and comfortable because of its softness and flexibility. But either due to aging or heavy activities, the cartilage can get damaged. If the cartilage gets damaged, eroded or destroyed we get stiffness, pains, aches and sometimes, swelling as well. In such cases, pain killers and other supplements are used by the consultation of doctors. But in extreme cases, surgery may be needed.
Cartilage health is very important as even a little damage can affect our lifestyle in many ways. We need to take proper care of it. And by taking care of our cartilage health, we not only prevent the existing cartilage from damage but we can also develop more. Also, cartilage health has great effects on our bone health so we need to be careful with it. We just need to follow the following steps:
Cartilage Tip # 1: Avoid Inflammatory Foods
We all know how bad inflammation can affect our body. It can result in severe pain, aches and terrible skin conditions too. Arthritis and joint pain are also caused due to inflammation. This inflammation can either be due to the wrong choices of the food that we eat of due to overexertion.
The best way to avoid this is to take anti-inflammatory diet. For this, we have to change our eating habits. Anti-inflammatory diet includes fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meat, fresh herbs and plant based proteins and healthy fats from olive oil and avocados etc. One of the best options for an anti-inflammatory diet is apple. It contains a chemical called quercetin that increases the collagen production in our body. Also, apple’s skin has a lot of benefits as the concentration of quercetin is higher in it. So, do not peel the skin off. Other than that, vegetables rich in vitamin K like broccoli, spinach and cabbage fight inflammation. Fruits like cherries, raspberries, and blackberries also have great anti-inflammatory properties. Oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread tend to be rich in fiber; it also plays a good role in fighting inflammation. Intake of beans is also very good as they are loaded with anti-oxidants. Nuts also helps stop inflammation. Salmon, tuna and sardines fish should also be taken twice a week. Herbs and spices like turmeric powder and garlic curbs should be taken as they give flavor to our food and they are anti-oxidants.
Make sure you take plenty of water as the water keeps our body cells and tissues wet and moist and helps our body joints to move properly by providing lubrication.