The power of nutrition in supporting your spine
When it comes to the things you can do to protect your spine, exercise, nutrition and sleep may as well all be equal. Stress management and posture and chiropractic care are further ways that you can exercise control over chronic back pain. If you are lucky to live without back pain, you should be proactive about taking advantage of these factors to prevent future back pain. If you are living with daily back pain, it is time to stop ignoring the things you know can help you feel better. Nutrition is one of the ways that many of us sell our selves short in the fight for our spines.
What are the worst foods to eat when you have back pain?
It’s all about choice: every meal, ingredient and snack represents a choice. By the time you are full, will you have helped your body heal or hurt it further? These are the foods that will do the latter (also known as, foods to avoid):
- Enriched white flour
- Hydrogenated oils
- Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, soda
- Processed foods
- Inflammation-causing foods
If you are living with chronic back pain, it is time to start making wiser decisions about the food you intake. By exercising control over your inputs, you are going to see a noticeable effect in the nutrients that reach your spine and help it heal. Pretty much all of the above-listed foods are extremely nutrient-devoid, meaning that when you eat them, they meet the basic requirements for energy and sustenance, but they don’t have any further value. You are foregoing hundreds of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are essential to maintaining a healthy spine.
Taking advantage of nutrition to support your spine...
...is in line with everything we do at Total Health Chiropractic. We are Bridgewater’s resource for holistic healthcare in support of preventing, overcoming or managing chronic back pain. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.