Nutrition and Lifestyle Factors In Musculoskeletal Health

What do we need our musculoskeletal system for?

  • Support
  • Movement
  • Mineral Storage
  • Blood cell production

Pretty important stuff. So we obviously need to care for it. Here are some considerations:

Diet. Try to eat to provide the body’s tissues with the appropriate amounts of the nutrients needed. In a nutshell, eating a wide variety of whole foods, whilst limiting/avoiding processed foods should cover most nutrients required. Allergies and intolerances, ethical and religious beliefs might mean certain food groups are avoided. When this happens, care needs to be taken to make sure this is well compensated for.

Everything in our body requires water; for reactions to occur and for transport of various kinds. So try and get into good habits.

Diet is also important to maintain our bodies at a sensible weight. Maintaining an ideal weight will help avoid over-loading our joints and will help to manage a better posture too.

Stay tuned for next month’s posting. I will highlight the important nutrients for muscle and bone health.

 

Exercise. This serves many advantages. It obviously helps with mobility, you can work generally or on a specific area. It is true –  if you don’t use it, you lose it. Exercise can also build strength and aid support in the body. Both strength and mobility exercises are important to maintain strong bones. Work to your needs and ability.

Consider doing sports, or any activity outside for the added advantage of vitamin D synthesis (through a reaction with sunlight), which will also support bone health.

If you really hate exercise, just try and be more generally active. A few ideas are; stand more to do activities, take the stairs instead of the escalator or get off the bus a stop earlier. What changes could you make in your own daily routine?

Sea Bathing. Have you tried an Epsom salt bath? These salts contain magnesium which can aid muscle relaxation. So people can benefit if they have sore joints, or you might find it useful post-exercise or in managing tight and tense muscles generally.

Stress Management. Stress happens to all of us, sometimes it drives and motivates us. For short periods of time this might be okay. Over a long period of time our body chemistry can change, and this may create many negative health changes. Learning to relax and making time to ensure you do this can help general health alongside the obvious benefit of avoiding very tight and uncomfortable muscles.

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