4 Easy Steps To Make Your Diet Back-Friendly
If you’ve been having back pain, you might not think that your nutrition (or rather lack of nutrition) may be the cause. A few changes to your diet can actually make a big difference for your spine.
Here a few tips on how to achieve a healthier back through your diet:
Drinking enough liquids, especially water, helps support all bodily functions. But drinking plenty of liquid is especially important for the spine and back. The spinal discs are mostly made up of water and keeping them well-hydrated will help improve flexibility. This allows them to do their job of acting as shock absorbers between the spinal vertebrae.
It’s ok to savor the comfort foods you may be used to eating. Just be sure to include a wide range of leafy vegetables, whole grains, fish, avocados, and seeds into your diet, too. These foods are rich in magnesium, an important mineral in keeping your bones strong and strengthening your back muscle. Eating a wide range of food, in general, also helps ensure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay strong.
Calcium is one the most important nutrients for bone health. It’s key in preventing osteoporosis. Although calcium supplements are great additions to a healthy diet, it’s best to get your calcium from foods. Dairy products and dark green leafy vegetables are great sources of calcium for your body.
Vitamin D is important, alongside calcium, because it allows your body to be able to absorb the calcium that it’s taking in. Vitamin D can be difficult to get through food (although egg yolks and salmon are great sources). A daily supplement is great way to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D to help your body absorb the calcium it needs.
… But Watch What You Drink
While drinking plenty of water is encouraged, not all beverages are as friendly to your body. Cola products and alcohol affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. Alcohol, especially, can hinder your body from absorbing calcium so drinking in moderation (or, better yet, not at all) is best for your back.
If you decide to incorporate any new supplements or alter your diet plan significantly, make sure to talk to your doctor first. Some supplements can interact with medications.