Nutrition plays a very important and direct role in spinal health, and in healing the discs and surfaces of the spinal joints from an internal biological perspective.

Roughly 70 to 85 percent of people experience back pain at some point in their lives, usually occurring sometime between their 30s and 50s. That`s four out of five people.

Nutrition plays a very important and direct role in spinal health, and in healing the discs and surfaces of the spinal joints from an internal biological perspective. Regarding the spine, a calcium rich diet is a bone-healthy diet. Keep your bones strong boost healing of your spine at the cellular level with foods such as:

  • Milk and low-fat yoghurt, cheeses like edam, cheddar and parmesan
  • Nuts and seeds like almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts, sesame seeds and tahini paste
  • Shellfish: crab, shrimp, prawns and oysters
  • Cold Water oily Fishes: anchovies, sardines, salmon and mackerel
  • Figs and apricots
  • Tofu, soy bean, eggs
  • Dark green vegetables: spinach, asparagus, broccoli
  • Dark berries like blueberries and blackberries
  • Soy Products: soy milk, soy cheese and tofu
  • Black olives
  • Red onions and apples (naturally high in a substance called quercitin which has natural anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Flaxseeds
  • Beans: kidney beans, soy beans etc.
  • Olive oil
  • Clear Water: Keep yourself super-hydrated. It`s always important to give your body water necessary for the re-hydration process in the healing of degenerated discs.

Antioxidants – increase naturally occurring collagen.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids- have collagen-forming properties and are used by the body to repair and prevent damage to cartilage and discs caused by inflammation

Anti-inflammatories naturally reduce swelling Soy products are high in genistein which is believed to be responsible for collagen production and also acts to block any naturally occurring enzyme responsible for breaking down collagen.

 Fibre helps digestion to remain smooth and not place strain on the discs that are vulnerable to increases in pressure in the abdomen.

These spine-healthy foods are easy to find at any supermarket, fruit & veg store or health food store. The foods are delicious and packed with healing nutrients your body will love. On the converse, there are foods you are wise to avoid. Nitrates, sugars and fats can exacerbate the inflammation and pain associated with back pain. In general it`s a good idea to avoid:

  • Processed foods high in nitrites (think, processed meats).
  • Foods high in sugar, saturated and trans fats.
  • Any foods containing high fructose corn syrup.

Every food or drink you put into your body directly impacts your health. Give your body an extra boost of healing power by eating wisely. And while your lower back pain or neck pain will not go away with food alone, you can further your body`s innate healing power.

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