At the end of a long day at the office, ice packs and Ibuprofen are not the only way to relieve muscle soreness and stiff joints. “There is growing evidence that some dietary factors can play important roles in maintaining health and even reversing the progression of chronic diseases, with anti-inflammatory effects as an important underlying mechanism.” Diet is a key element in managing the inflammatory process via certain nutrients or dietary components. The consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts have been shown to reduce inflammation.14

Nutrition and muscle, bone and joint health possess a close relationship. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, calcium, Vitamin A, B, D & K, protein, fruits and vegetables, and Zinc are needed to prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders and bone maintenance.

While injury, overuse and medical conditions can lead to aching muscles, a poor diet can also lead to muscle pain. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and an out-of-balance diet can also cause muscles to hurt. A balanced diet provides vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients that keep a person’s muscles working properly, prevent injury and can reduce aches and pains. Electrolytes are minerals the body uses to transmit and receive nerve impulses that allow for proper functioning and movement of a person’s muscles. Muscle pain can be caused by a potassium deficiency; therefore it is important to include bananas, fruits, fish meats and vegetables in the diet. A lack of protein also causes aching muscles. Protein is found primarily in eggs, milk cheese and lean meats. It is always important to drink plenty of water to maintain muscle health.15