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The Link Between Back Pain and Diet

By Sara Butler

Many people don't realize that what they eat is important when it comes to their back health. Of course, it's not a diet alone that cause back pain, but it can contribute. If you practice proper nutrition in your life, then it can reduce inflammation, which can be a big contributor to back pain. Here's what you need to know about the link between your diet and back pain and a few tips to help keep your diet on track.

The Link Between Diet and Back Pain

In some ways, the way you choose to eat can have an impact on the health of your back and contribute to back pain you may be experiencing. That's why so many chiropractors recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet to help keep back pain at bay.

A back-friendly diet includes things such as:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit the amount of alcohol and sugar-laden drinks you have
  • Learn about different nutrients to include in your diet such as complex carbohydrates, whole grains, and lean protein
  • Balance the food choices you make and enjoy things you want in moderation

The most important thing about a healthy diet that can have an impact on back health is your body weight. If you have extra body weight, then it can put a big strain on your spine, leading to an increased risk of back pain and injury.

Proper Nutrition

A balanced diet is key to deliver the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and stable. Providing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs can help your body to function optimally and also reduce overall inflammation that can contribute to back pain.

Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet can help reduce your chances of experiencing back pain. A few anti-inflammatory foods include:

  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed
  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Black cod
  • Mackerel
  • Berries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Bean
  • Lean protein
  • Green tea
  • Herbs such as garlic, cinnamon, and ginger

You should limit foods in your diet to help fight inflammation, too. You should avoid:

  • Highly processed foods
  • Saturated fat
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

Make sure you get enough Vitamin D and calcium, too. These nutrients should be eaten together because they're better absorbed by the body this way.

If you have questions about how to eat for the health of your spine, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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