National Nutrition Month comes around every year in March. What’s the point? Well, there are a lot of good reasons to stop and think about what you’re eating. You can take this opportunity to ask yourself:
- Is my diet contributing to my good health?
- Am I making the right food choices?
- Do I need to make any changes in my diet?
- Has my doctor recommended dietary changes that I’ve been slow to adopt?
These are all great questions. But the answers may not come so easily.
Diet this way. Wait…diet that way.
Eating nutritious food can be as simple as following a vegan diet or going to a nutritionist or adopting your lean-and-fit hairdresser’s plan or listening to talk shows on television or only eating between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. or sticking to plant-based foods.
You get the idea. There’s so much information out there about the “right” diet that making food choices can seem anything but simple. But here’s a simple truth: the right diet for you is the one that matches your lifestyle and helps you maintain a healthy weight and a healthy body no matter your age, gender, or activity level.
Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center recommends that you talk with your primary care provider about the best – and safest – diet for your particular needs. However, all people can improve their foot and ankle health by getting enough of these two nutrients:
- Vitamin D helps maintain strong bones and can help prevent fractures. Many Americans are low in Vitamin D because there are few foods that contain it. If necessary, you can improve your Vitamin D levels by spending time in the sun or by taking a supplement.
- Calcium needs to be constantly replenished through food or supplements. If levels are too low, your body will “steal” calcium from your bones, leaving them vulnerable to osteoporosis and breakage.
Good nutrition will help keep your whole body healthy, while poor nutrition can be directly linked to foot and ankle problems. If you ever experience pain or discomfort in your feet that lasts for more than a few days, schedule an appointment with us at our office in Centreville, Virginia. Call us at (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.