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Fueling your Body: Using Nutrition to Benefit Musculoskeletal Health

March 12, 2024

Nutrition helps create the foundation of your health - so much so that in March we celebrate National Nutrition Month! Specifically to orthopaedics, consuming a variety of nutrients is important in maintaining your musculoskeletal system and keeping you in motion. Read more to learn about which nutrients to look for in your foods to aid in bone, joint, and muscular system health. 


Calcium helps in the structure of bones with vitamin D aiding in calcium absorption. Vitamin K helps with bone mineralization. Magnesium and phosphorus contribute to bone density and strength. These nutrients are found in dairy products, leafy greens, fish, nuts, and seeds - all coming together to maintain strong bones.  


Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, and healthy fats are full of antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation and promote joint health. Tumeric and ginger are also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds. 

A balanced diet aids in maintaining a weight that is healthy for your body. Access weight adds additional stress and strain on your joints, which increases the risk of arthritis. Check out our past blog regarding the best foods to fight inflammation - including some fun and tasty recipes!  

Muscular System

Good nutrition also is required for building muscles and strength. Proteins, unrefined carbohydrates, and fats provide the nutrients and energy required. When it comes to athletes, a balanced diet is a large requirement for enhancing sport performance. 

Nutrition After Surgery

When it comes to recovery after a surgery, balanced nutrition can also help in recovery. Your diet impacts your recovery time, infection risk, and energy levels during rehabilitation. 

Protein is beneficial in building and repairing tissue. Vitamins C, E and minerals like zinc support wound healing. In addition to being essential for bone health, calcium and vitamin D are especially important to retain after a procedure. Staying hydrated aids in nutrient transport and removal of waste products. 

While it is important to maintain a lifestyle of eating healthy foods, throughout this month try to add in a source of nutrients you may not be getting enough of. Being mindful of fueling your body so that you can keep living in motion.