Did You Know? Your Diet Impacts Back Health

By Stepy Kamei 

One of the most important facts you should know about your health is that your diet and the food you eat can have a serious impact on many different aspects of your health and wellness. Your diet can make you feel energized, focused, and calm. On the other hand, it can contribute to feelings of fatigue, moodiness, and a lack of focus. The food you eat can also determine your tolerance to back pain. A diet filled with poor nutrition is a diet in which back discomfort thrives. Treat any current back pain you have, and helping prevent future instances of back pain from occuring in the first place, by making smart decisions within your diet. A chiropractor can also help you make smarter decisions about your health.

Stick to Nutritious Foods

Food's primary purpose is to provide the body with essential nutrients it needs to thrive throughout the day. Unfortunately, there are too many processed foods out there that, while convenient and inexpensive, do not do our bodies any favors. For this reason, it's best to consider the overall nutritional profile of a food rather than its taste and appeal. Generally speaking, the less processed and packaged a food is, the more nutritious it is. When grocery shopping, you should be spending most of your time at the fresh produce section, and hardly any time perusing the aisles with frozen dinners, chips, and processed snack foods. Whole, unprocessed foods will better provide your body with important nutrients such as Vitamin D, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These nutrients are very important for maintaining joint and muscle health, so your spine can receive the support it needs.

Avoid Foods Which Can Cause Inflammation

As mentioned before, highly processed foods won't do your body any favors. In fact, many junk foods can actually create back pain, or at least make existing back pain even worse. This is because these foods tend to increase the inflammatory response in your body, and therefore are foods to avoid. These include sugary foods, fatty foods, and highly caffeinated items. The immune system naturally produces inflammation when fighting off a cold or infection. Inflammation produced by unhealthy foods, however, does not have a beneficial effect on the body since it only serves to press on your joints and soft tissues in an uncomfortable manner. 

Cleaning up your diet is a great thing to do for your health, and so is seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. Come on in to The Joint clinic nearest you to find out what natural treatments can do for your health and wellness.