Nutrition and Orthopedics
Excess body weight can increase stress on the skeletal system leading to greater wear and tear on joints as well as increase pain.
Achieving a health weight can have the following benefits for orthopedic patients:
- Improve and speed recovery from surgery
- Decrease risk of infection and blood clots
- Prevent future orthopedic problems
Did you know? For every 10 pounds of weight loss, fifty pounds of force is relieved from the knees!
Weight Loss Tips:
- Eat smaller portions.
- Use a smaller plate, bowl or glass.
- Stop eating when you are satisfied
- Eat fewer empty calories (sugar, fat) - choose food and drink with little or no added sugar and/or solid fat.
- Focus on food you need
- Eat a nutrient dense breakfast every day.
- Have healthy snacks available on the go.
- Replace high calorie foods with low calorie fruits and vegetables
- When eating out, make better choices
- Check posted calorie amounts and chose lower calorie items.
- Think about what you drink. Chose drinks with no added sugars
- Cook more often at home
- Increase physical activity
- Decrease screen time (computer, mobile devices, TV)
Important Nutrients to Consider for Optimal Bone Health:
- Vitamin C
- Helps to form collage-an important protein needed for strength and flexibility; repairs ligaments and strengthens bones.
- The needed amount is increased in times of stress (such as injury or surgery)
Sources: bright colored vegetables and fruits
- Vitamin A
- Needed for cell growth and development, & to help the immune system
- Immune Function
- Making Protein
- Making DNA
- Wound Healing
- Cell Division
Call the Eisenhower Healthy Living Resource Center at 760-568-1234 or go to emc.org/calendar for more information.