The Undesirables: Foods to Avoid with Back Pain
Don’t shoot yourself in the foot…
Despite being of primary importance in the struggle for spinal health (along with exercise), we often forego the power of nutrition by reaching for nutritionally-deficient foods. We are here to tell you that immediate gratification and sensation of comfort that comes with eating bad foods is more than offset by the discomfort is piling upon your spine. The truth is, your diet is a tool of either development or destruction for your spine. The good news is that the choice is all yours.
…make smart food choices
Nutrition can be literally be targeted toward improving spinal health. You can choose ingredients which either increase or decrease inflammation; foods that contribute to rapid weight gain or help you maintain a healthy target weight; foods that contain no further nutrition besides the baseline energy requirements or those that provide the micronutrients you need to prosper. Food and drink are the main inputs that enter your blood stream and provide the cells in your back with the building blocks they need to repair and restore. Without further ado, here are the foods to be avoided in the struggle to manage your back pain:
- Enriched white flour
- Added sugar
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Caffeine and soda
- Highly-processed foods
- Hydrogenated oil
All of these foods are linked with weight gain and diabetes, and all of them also increase the amount of systemic inflammation in your body which fuels the fire of pain and degeneration.
Support your spine by providing it with the holistic care it needs
At Associates in Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping you get the holistic healthcare you need to support your spine. Whether it comes from the hands of our chiropractic and massage therapists, or from the foods you eat on a daily basis, we can help you put more spinal support into your life. Give our office in Hackensack a call to schedule an appointment today.
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