Diet and Nutrition

When people think about back pain treatment and prevention, they often think about the therapies that are offered by healthcare providers, such as injections, physical therapy, back surgery, and chiropractic. In fact the way that we eat and the type of nutrients and fluids that we bring in to our bodies may affect how healthy we feel, and how comfortable our backs feel.

In many cases, we experience back pain because of inflammation that has built up around the nerves of our backs, as a result to some type of tissue damage. Often, we experience pain when the inflammation is present, and we feel pain relief when the inflammation goes away. Certain products and treatments may accelerate the rate in which the body heals itself, so that the inflammation goes away faster. Some of these products and treatments include TENS electrotherapy, acupuncture, massage, icing, and anti-inflammatories.



While these treatments may help to reduce inflammation, there is another way to control the levels of inflammation around the joints of your back. Perhaps you could make adjustments in your diet, to increase the types of foods that act as natural anti-inflammatories, and minimize eating the types of foods that actually increase inflammation. There are also vitamins and dietary supplements out there with ingredients that are known to improve musculoskeletal health, but to be honest everything you need is already available in the average grocery store. Let's take a look at some of the types of foods that you may add to your diet in order to begin feeling better and things that negatively impact joint health that you should avoid.

Berries: All berries are a great source of fiber, a food source that is important in the diet but that most Americans do not get enough of daily. Many health and weight loss plans profess the benefits of high protein, low carb diets, but in reality, we do not really need as much protein as we think we do. Most of us should be getting more fiber into our systems to improve our GI health. And most berries are loaded with powerful anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. Super foods such as raspberries contain a substance such as ellagic acid which is known to have anti-cancer properties. Berries can be eaten raw or mixed into smoothies for a delicious drink that should also have the added effect of making your back feel better over time.

Turmeric: turmeric is an Asian spice that has also been used for as long back as the historical record can remember for its medicinal properties. Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a relative of ginger and is used in Asian and Middle Eastern curries and spices. Turmeric is the ingredient of curries that gives it its distinct yellow color. In the body, turmeric helps the liver to remove toxic chemicals from the body and it works in killing yeasts and bacteria. Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory due to one of its active ingredients - curcumin. Curcumin reduces inflammation in the body by neutralizing inflammatory chemicals. Turmeric can be added to many different types of foods and drinks to provide people with these health benefits, including smoothies, sauces, rice, beans, curries, and stir fry dishes.

Flax seeds and other rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Fishes such as cod and salmon are the most famous sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a chemical known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as heart health. If you want more of these omega-3s in your life but do not enjoy the taste of fish, there are other options available, such as flax seeds. Flax seeds have long been known for their many health benefits, including slowing the growth of tumors, and for stabilizing blood sugar levels in diabetics. Chemicals contained within these seeds may get into the bloodstream, where act on the immune system to reduce inflammatory response.