When you’re living with daily aches and pains in your back, it’s easy to blame your problems on a strained muscle or a bad disc. While these could certainly be the catalyst for your woes, there’s a chance that your back pain could be attributed to something far less obvious – yet much more complex. Believe it or not, the food you eat can have a major impact on all aspects of your health, and your back health is no exception to the rule. If you have a preexisting back condition, poor dietary choices could be exaggerating your symptoms. Analyze your current diet to figure out what foods to eliminate – and which to add – to reduce inflammation, alleviate your pain and improve your back to help you live a healthier, happier life.
Eat This – Many foods naturally contain vitamins and nutrients that contain anti-inflammatory properties, and adding them to your diet could greatly reduce the inflammation in your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. Fresh, whole fruits and vegetables are particularly good for an extra dose of nutrition while fighting inflammation, as are dark, leafy greens – such as collard greens, spinach and kale. Lean fish and poultry are suitable protein sources, as are nuts, legumes and seeds. Old-fashioned oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice that packs an anti-inflammatory punch. Green tea, olive oil and spices, especially turmeric and ginger can be added to your meals. Most importantly, drink plenty of fresh, pure water. Not only will it reduce swelling and inflammation, it will flush out toxins and waste while allowing your organs to function at the optimum level.
Not That – Some foods should be avoided entirely or eaten only sparingly to keep your back pain to a minimum. These include all processed foods, such as fast food, canned pastas, frozen dinners and ready meals. Foods that are heavy in refined sugar, such as soda, ice cream, pastries and sweets, can also cause inflammation throughout the body. White bread and pasta are poor choices, so stick with whole grains for nutrition and anti-inflammatory properties. Cheddar cheeses, vegetable oil, fried foods and alcohol are also poor choices.
While adjusting your diet certainly won’t heal chronic conditions over night, it’s a great first step toward restoring balance in your body and helping yourself achieve optimum health. If you’re having trouble making good dietary choices by yourself, Bluestone Chiropractic Group has several experienced doctors who double as Register Dietitians who will be happy to help you create a nutritional plan that suits your needs.
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