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Lauren K. Williams, M.S., Registered Dietitian, discusses nutrition for better digestion.

Nutrition for Better Digestion

To improve your digestion, when you’re in the grocery store you want to look for foods containing probiotics. And you can find these in things like yogurt and fermented milk- or yogurt-types of drinks. These also help to increase the beneficial bacteria in the colon, which helps to further improve your digestion.

To enhance the growth of these healthy beneficial bacteria, you want to include foods that contain fructooligosaccharides, such as bananas and artichokes and onions. To also increase your digestion and help you stay regular, you want to look to consume enough fibre in your diet.

Fibre is found in foods such as whole grains like rice and pasta, bread, cereals. Also found in fruits and vegetables. So looking for fruits such as pears and apples and bananas, oranges, even dried fruit are also a really good source of fibre.

Fruits and vegetables also help you to increase your production of digestive enzymes. They have natural digestive enzymes in them, and therefore they aid in the digestive process. So altogether, making sure that you’re looking for your fruits and your vegetables and your whole grains.

When you’re eating these foods and you’re staying relaxed, you’re eating in a stress-free environment, making sure you’re eating in a really consistent manner, every couple of hours on a regular schedule. Chewing very slowly helps to stimulate the digestive system and start that process.

So, to improve your digestion, look for a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These are going to give you a variety of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc. Also consuming some lean protein is going to help to repair the intestinal tract.

Again, variety is key to making sure you’re getting these important vitamins and minerals. For more information on how to improve your digestion, contact your local Registered Dietitian or local Registered Nutritionist.

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Information - Knee Replacement Surgery

If you have chronic knee pain, find everyday tasks such as climbing stairs are difficult or aren’t getting relief from non-surgical knee treatments, it might be time to consult with your primary healthcare provider about knee replacement surgery (also called knee arthroplasty).

Who Needs Knee Replacement Surgery?

Normally, all of the components of your knee work together, but disease or injury can lead to pain, reduced function and weakness. Arthritis is the most common reason that people need knee replacement surgery, including:

• Osteoarthritis, which is caused when the cartilage on the ends of the bones wears down. Often, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and swelling. It’s most common in the joints of the knees, hips, hands, fingers, neck and spine, although it can affect any joint in the body.

• Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition that occurs when your body’s immune system begins to attack the joints. At first, rheumatoid arthritis usually only attacks a few joints, but over time it affects more.

What to Expect During Knee Replacement Surgery

If the arthritis is localized to one of the three compartments of the knee joint, partial knee replacement surgery is an option. Otherwise, a patient will need a total knee replacement. Generally, the long term outcome of a full knee replacement is better than that of a partial knee replacement in that the revision rate at 10 years for a partial knee replacement is two to three times as high as that of a full knee replacement. During knee replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and bone; position metal implants; potentially resurface the kneecap (patella) and replace with a plastic prosthesis; and insert a spacer. The knee replacement procedure itself takes about 1 to 2 hours.

Many physicians and orthopedic surgeons advise patients to wait to have knee replacement surgery as long as possible, as the implant begins to wear in the plastic spacer over time. Activities such as running and jumping can speed up this process. The longer you can find relief with non-surgical knee treatments the better. Over 90% of total knee replacements are still functioning well 15 years after surgery. You can help ensure your knee replacement surgery is successful by following your healthcare team’s instructions after the procedure.

Talk to your rheumatologist if you’d like more information on knee replacement. 

Visit HealthChoicesFirst.com for more videos and resources on arthritis.

Print this Action Plan and check off items that you want to discuss with your healthcare provider

  • If you have chronic knee pain, find everyday tasks such as climbing stairs are difficult or aren’t getting relief from non-surgical knee treatments, it might be time to consult with your primary healthcare provider about knee replacement surgery.
  • Arthritis is the most common reason that people need knee replacement surgery, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • If the arthritis is localized to one of the three compartments of the knee joint, partial knee replacement surgery is an option. Otherwise, a patient will need a total knee replacement.
  • During knee replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and bone; position metal implants; potentially resurface the kneecap (patella) and replace with a plastic prosthesis; and insert a spacer.
  • Many physicians and orthopedic surgeons advise patients to wait to have knee replacement surgery as long as possible, as the implant begins to wear in the plastic spacer over time.

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