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Joint pain increases during monsoon; know what to eat & what to avoid

Joint Pain

The onset of monsoon across various parts of India heralds environmental shifts, impacting barometric pressure and consequently affecting joint health. Elevated humidity levels during this season can trigger joint stiffness and muscle discomfort due to atmospheric dampness.

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Dr. Pramod Bhor, Director of Orthopedics and Robotic Joint Replacement Surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Vashi, underscores the importance of a well-balanced diet for joint health during the monsoon. He advises on dietary practices to mitigate joint issues.

Foods to Support Joint Health in Monsoon:

  • Omega-3 Rich Foods:¬†Incorporating omega-3 fatty acid sources like flaxseed, walnuts, chia seeds, soybean, and broccoli can alleviate joint pain and inflammation during the monsoon, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Turmeric: Renowned for its curcumin content, turmeric aids in reducing joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Regular consumption as part of meals can offer tangible benefits.

Foods to Limit for Maintaining Joint Health in Monsoon:

  • Packaged and Processed Foods:While convenient, items like chips and noodles contain additives like MSG and added sugars, which can exacerbate joint inflammation. Steering clear of these processed foods is crucial for joint health.
  • Excessive Sugar Intake: Refined sugar intake should be moderated as it can contribute to inflammation, potentially worsening joint pain. Avoiding sugary products like candies, popsicles, and soda is essential to manage joint discomfort during the monsoon. Moreover, excessive sugar consumption poses broader health risks, including cardiovascular issues and diabetes.

By adopting these dietary guidelines, individuals can better navigate the monsoon season while safeguarding their joint health.

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