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Eating for Joint Health!

It's commonly known that what you put in your body is a determining factor in your overall health. The foods you choose to eat today will impact how you feel tomorrow and the following days.

When eating with your health in mind, you can make choices to address specific areas of concern.

For joint health, you want to choose foods known to help your body mount a healthy inflammatory response. At the same time, you want to avoid fried and heavily processed foods, trans fats, and charred meat.

Here's a list of foods that are known to promote healthy joints:

Cherries get their crimson color from natural plant chemicals called anthocyanins, known to help your body mount a healthy inflammatory response.

Red Peppers
Red peppers are brimming with vitamin C, which helps your body make collagen, which is part of your cartilage, tendons, and ligaments that cushion your joints and hold them together.

Canned Salmon
Containing calcium and vitamin D, these will keep your bones healthy. Salmon is loaded with omega-3s, which helps your body mount a normal inflammatory response.

This whole-grain option is linked to lower levels of damage due to an unhealthy inflammatory response.

Some other foods that promote healthy joints are walnuts, turmeric, and kale.
Try combining these joint healthy foods to create meals.

Here are some of our favorite recipes that incorporate these joint-healthy ingredients:

1. Try this baked cherry oatmeal for breakfast to combine the nutrients of cherries and oatmeal into one meal!
2. For dinner or lunch, whip up these salmon stuffed bell peppers!
3. This Apple Walnut Salad features walnuts and kale!
4. Looking for something outside the box? Try this Salmon oatmeal bowl!

Did you give these foods or recipes a try? Let us know which was your favorite in the comment!

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