8 Ways To Improve Your Foot Health By Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
Are you and your family getting enough fruits and vegetables in your daily diets? Fresh fruits and veggies are packed with important nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and fiber that help build muscle and bone.
In fact, the nutrition in fruits and vegetables can even help improve your foot health! For example, plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and causes heel pain, is caused by inflammation. Green leafy vegetables and most fruits help fight inflammation.
This month is a great time to ramp up your fruit and vegetable intake because it’s “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” month. As promoted by the American Heart Association, adding colorful produce to each meal give a heart-healthy nutrition boost for your family.
September is also the perfect time to explore local produce as our Connecticut end-of-summer harvests come in. These can be showcased at some of the best country fairs in New England including the Orange County, Guilford and Durham fairs and many farmers markets throughout the state.
8 Easy Ways To Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Sometimes it may seem impossible to fit at least 5 servings each day, as recommended by modern dietary guidelines. But keep in mind that all forms of these foods are super-healthy, including canned, frozen, dried and 100% juices.
1. Aim to fill one-half of your plate with produce at every meal and snack.
2. Start your day right with a veggie omelet with fruit on the side.
3. Reach for a piece of fruit for a snack.
4. When preparing soups, stews, casseroles, salads and pasta dishes, add extra vegetables for a nutritional punch.
5. Explore unfamiliar types of fruits and vegetables such as tomatillo, star fruit, broccoli rabe and jicama.
6. Keep pre-cut vegetables in the refrigerator as well as plenty of fresh and dried fruit handy for kids’ snacking.
7. Sneak in pureed vegetables or fruit to meatloaf, pasta sauces or baked goods.
8. Fruit makes a great dessert – try dressing it up with ice cream or yogurt.
We Can Help with All Types of Foot Pain
The foot specialists at PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot problems. Our team of doctors which consists of Dr. Robert Marra, Dr. Thomas Johnson, Dr. Kristen Winters, Dr. Laura Vander Poel, and Dr. Matthew Tshudy is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Many treatments and surgeries can be handled right in our offices. Please call us at (860) 741-3041 to make an appointment in one of our offices in Hartford County, conveniently located in Enfield and South Windsor, CT.