An important but often overlooked part of maintaining a healthy back is diet. Eating a balanced, nutrition rich diet is essential for your overall health, including your back. In today’s busy, convenient world, highly processed diets high in fats, sugars, and preservatives have taken over natural menu selections. This has taken a toll on our bodies, including our backs.
You probably know by now just how detrimental processed and packaged foods are to your body in terms of organ health. Poor diets are responsible for the increase in the number of people suffering from life-threatening medical conditions and diseases. But simple changes can improve your lifestyle and decrease your risk of disease or injury.
A lot of the degenerative conditions and injuries to the lumbar area are caused by foods that do not supply the body with the adequate nutrition needed to maintain optimal health. A healthy diet reduces inflammation, maintains strong bones and tissues and supplies the areas with adequate oxygen, minimizing the risk of debilitating conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and bone or joint damage.
Eating a balanced healthy diet while incorporating regular chiropractor visits will help keep your spinal area strong and healthy. To maintain back health, here are some foods that you should include in your diet.
Fruits and Vegetables
It’s no surprise that this food group is one of the key foods to maintaining spinal health. Dark green vegetables like kale, spinach or broccoli are loaded with essential nutrients that feed the tissues, provide adequate blood and oxygen flow to the area and reduce inflammation. Eating colorful fruits and vegetables such as grapes, pomegranate, berries, cherries, carrots, beets, and yams will help maintain a vibrant spinal area because they are full of vitamins and minerals that help keep the spinal column and surrounding tissues healthy and strong.
Meats and Lentils
Meats high in Omega 3 like salmon, tuna, herring, cod or halibut are great for the spinal column. Lean white meat is high in nutrition and low in cholesterol. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, chia seeds, and flax are also rich in Omega 3 and other essential nutrients that help maintain strong bones and oxygenated blood. They help reduce inflammation and heal or strengthen the muscular and connective tissues.
Foods high in calcium and Vitamin D are important for keeping the backbones strong to avoid or prevent conditions like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and breaks or injury. Vitamin D helps the body absorb the calcium which is needed for strong bones.
Prepackaged, high sugar, high fat, preservative loaded foods should be minimized or avoided in your diet because they are damaging to your health; including your back.
Taking proper care of your back affects your complete health. Through diet, exercise and chiropractic care, your spinal column will stay strong and healthy for a long time.