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Your Guide to Spinal Nutrition

By Sara Butler

The foods you eat do more than just contribute to your overall health and wellness; they impact the health of your spine, too. That’s why it’s important to eat for your spinal health. Try a few of these healthy eating strategies to help keep back and neck pain at bay and keep your spine working fine!

Tip No. 1: Lose the Trans Fat

Trans fat is terrible for your heart – and for your spine too! Artificial trans fats, also called hydrogenated fats, should be kept out of your diet as much as possible. The foods that contain these types of fats are highly processed, and oil is forced into them in order to improve their taste and shelf life. Common foods that contain trans fat include:

  • Baked goods
  • Fried foods
  • Margarine

Trans fat is difficult for your body to break down, and often raise your bad cholesterol and lead to heart health issues. Plus, these foods have inflammatory properties that are bad for your spine – especially if you suffer from back or neck pain already. Make sure you look at the nutrition label for this ingredient, which can go under the name of “hydrogenated” and “partially hydrogenated.”

Tip No. 2: Just Say No to Refined Sugar

Sugar is not great for you because it can cause you to gain excess weight that puts pressure on your spine, leading to degeneration. Sugar is also inflammatory, which can cause damage to your spine and impact your body’s ability to heal itself. So, watch that sugar intake!

Tip No. 3: Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods!

To improve your spinal health, make sure you eat at diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. If you suffer from back and neck pain, this way of eating can promote better circulation and healing. But even if you don’t suffer from back or neck pain, eating anti-inflammatory foods can help to prevent chronic pain and keep your whole body healthy. You should eat:

  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Salmon
  • Blueberries
  • Almonds

These types of foods can help to keep inflammation manageable, and are healthier for you overall, too.

It can difficult to be conscious of your health when you’re busy, but when you know what foods will help instead of hurt your spinal health, you can make a conscious choice to incorporate them into your day. If you need more points to help sustain your spinal health, then talk to your chiropractor at The Joint!

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

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