March is National Nutrition Month, and we’d like to shine a light on your health! The foods we eat and what we drink play a large role in our overall health and stability, especially as we age. Did you know that eating right can help keep your feet injury-free? Nutrition connects directly to the health of our feet and ankles. What are some healthier choices you can make this month? Here are some of our top tips!
Cut Out Sugar and Fats
Everything in moderation is a wise thing to keep in mind when it comes to food. Ice cream isn’t nutritious, but it can be enjoyed on occasion! But one of the most important things you can do for your body is to cut out as many sugary, fatty foods as you can. Not only do they put you at a higher risk for heart disease, but they can increase your chances of obesity and tooth decay.
- Fat is okay in small amounts – but pay attention to the types of fat you’re ingesting! Saturated fats, like butter, cheese, fatty meats, cakes, and cream, are something you should avoid as much as possible. Unsaturated fats include avocado, veggie oils, and oily fish and are nutritious when used sparingly.
- Sodas, breakfast cereals, pastries, and alcoholic drinks all contain the highest amounts of sugar you can find. Enjoy them liberally and on occasion! Instead of soda, choose seltzer. Make oatmeal at home with honey and fresh fruit instead of grabbing your usual box of cereal.
Working out daily can do so much good for your body! Not only will regular exercise help your feet and ankles stay healthy and injury-free, but getting your blood pumping can ward off disease and fight against conditions like diabetes.
- If you’re not into sweaty, intense exercises, try going for a daily walk instead
- Work out outside for some added benefits of fresh air – and a pretty view!
- Stretch before and after to ensure you don’t injure yourself
- Play some inspiring, feel-good music to keep your motivation up
Worried about nutrition and your foot health? Call our office today and ask about it. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.