Nutrition matters in all stages of life and especially in bone and muscle health. Dr. Pirozzolo will provide you with nutritional recommendations to improve your deficiencies and improve your overall orthopedic health.
Protein found in foods and supplements have been found to improve bone mass and prevent a significant amount of bone loss. Protein can be found in meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy and all these also contain amino acids. Beans, seeds, nuts, grains, and quinoa also contain proteins.
Calcium is essential to bone health since our human bones make up 99% of the body’s calcium. Foods such as dairy, tofu, rice milk, seeds, dark leafy greens, kale, spinach, broccoli, and beans are a good source of calcium.
Fiber is also a healing nutrient. Since pain medications may cause constipation in patients, fiber is essential to regulate your body’s functions. Prune juice or prunes, in addition to lots of water, assist with your body’s natural laxative effect.
Last but not least, is Zinc and Vitamin C. Collagen is a protein that heals tendons, ligaments, and wounds and it can be found in Vitamin C. Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, even strawberries, kiwi, baked potatoes, broccoli, and bell peppers. Zinc is present in whole grain breads, cereals, dried beans and peas, nuts, but primarily in meats, fish, poultry and dairy.