It’s Monday. You wake up, grab a coffee, maybe a donut and begin your week. You work hard Monday through Friday so when the weekend finally arrives, you are ready to relax. You earned it after all.
On Saturday, maybe you want to decompress with a glass of wine or two followed by a “cheat day” where you can actually eat what you want. Monday arrives — and you have to do it all over, often whilst dealing with your ongoing joint and back pain issues.
Life isn’t easy, but with better nutrition and diet, you may be able to actually manage your pain by sustaining a well-balanced diet which aids in strengthening your muscles, tendons and ligaments.
And in terms of fat and body weight remember that the discomfort from Sciatica and back pain is actually heightened by obesity. It really is a straight pay-off between being more conscious about how, and what you eat and being in less physical pain on a daily basis.
Second generation chiropractor, pain expert and author of 3 Weeks to a Better Back, Dr. Todd Sinett confirms the link between consuming large amounts of inflammatory sugary foods and how it can actually prolong your back pain in addition to nerve and muscle discomfort.
Pay attention to how you feel after you eat certain foods,” said Sinett.
Do you ever notice subsequent to eating sugary foods you may feel sluggish, unmotivated and in more back pain than before? This is not a coincidence.“Major dietary causes of back pain, include excessive caffeine, alcohol, and sugar–all things that increase cortisol levels,” Sinett explained. “When there’s excess cortisol in the body, connective tissue can get inflamed, causing pain.”
Processed foods, fast foods, as well as saturated fats fuel inflammation making french fries and Big Macs a key ingredient in enhancing your back pain. They may taste delicious at the time you are inputting them into your mouth, but they do more harm than good.
Now that you know what not to eat, you may be thinking, “So what foods can I actually eat to help decrease my back pain levels?”
Luckily even in today’s processed driven world, healthy alternatives are all around us.
Examples of Foods that Cause Inflammation and Should be Avoided With Some Smart Alternatives.
|Inflammatory Foods||Healthy Alternatives|
|White bread||Whole wheat bread|
|White pasta||Whole wheat pasta|
|White rice||Brown rice|
|Hydrogenated oil/butter||Olive/coconut oil|
|Sugary Drinks||Water with lemon|
Enhance your bland salad with dark leafy greens, raw walnuts, avocados and a homemade house vinaigrette. Make cooking something to look forward to again.
Chronic back pain sufferers need a high-protein, low-carb and inflammatory diet. Healthy food can still be fun so you don’t have to forgo the taste in order to maintain a well-balanced regime. Get creative!
Simply remember: The greener the better (Kale, spinach, and broccoli).
Below you will find a comprehensive list of the top 9 Foods You Should Consider Adding To Your Diet if you suffer chronic back pain . We did the research so you don’t have too!
We want to hear from you! Share your experiences on how the foods you consume help or hurt your back pain. After all, everyone has to eat in order to live so we might as well try to eat healthy and live the best life we possibly can. Backer Nation
|Pineapple||Anti-inflammatory enzymes help heal the body|
|Berries||Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, and blackberries – antioxidants maintain inflammation, strengthen your immune system|
|Green Tea||Detoxifies toxic compounds, combats DNA from aging wear and tear|
|Grass Fed Beef||When grass fed, beef sustains very little saturated fat, rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA); aids in metabolizing fat and losing weight|
|Cold Water Fish||Tuna, herring, salmon, mackerel, and sardines – Omega 3 fatty acids, reduces pain/ inflammation levels, rich vitamin D; helps calcium absorption, keeps strong bones|
|Water||Increases metabolism, relieves muscle spasms, decreases blood viscosity, better ability to heal and lowers inflammation|
|Garlic||Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps circulatory system, contains powerful anti-inflammatory|
|Turmeric/ Ginger||Contains same mechanisms used in prescribed painkillers, assists in relieving nausea, indigestion, and heart irregularities – a strong anti-inflammatory food, may reduce swelling and helps ease pain associated with back/ spine pain|
|Olive Oil||Decreases ailments related to inflammation, such as degenerative joint diseases or diabetes – contains similar compounds to ibuprofen|