Whole Food Approach to Healing Your Back
Your lower back is designed to provide strength, support, and flexibility to your upper body. But many people are suffering from low back pain and discomfort, which becomes more challenging. Whether your pain is mild and annoying or severe and debilitating, eating the right foods may help. Here’s how.
First, check your current treatment plan. Are you taking medications for your pain? If so, which ones? Are you seeing a physical therapist? If so, which ones? Do you exercise often? Are you doing a lot of stretching? What’s the best and worst of your chiropractors visit? Then, check your diet. Are you eating enough of the right foods? Are you consuming too many fat and trans fat foods? What foods, specifically, do your dietitians really hate? Are those foods causing your low back pain? If so, how? Are they causing it at different times?
Do you eat enough of the right foods? Foods such as Vitamin D, Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, Copper, Vitamin B12, potassium, and many others are essential for good bones. Are you consuming enough of these foods? If you’re not getting enough of them, then you’re also not getting enough of the foods that allow your bones to stay strong.
Your diet shouldn’t only be about foods that will hurt bones. Your diet should be about foods that will strengthen your bones, making your lower back pain go away.
If you’re not eating enough of the right foods, your diet will probably include a significant amount of foods that don’t help keep your bones strong. This will probably lead to a weak lower back. The best way to prevent this from happening? Drink your water. Your diet should not include any foods that make your bones worse, but a lot of fluids.
If you’re not drinking enough, this can lead to the same problem as drinking too much water. It will likely include foods that will hurt your bone health.
Now, the foods that have been linked to low back pain are, in order of decreasing pain and inflammation:
Eggs – no, really eat your eggs. Yes, really. I’m serious. But you should limit your intake to 2-3 eggs per day. I recommend the organic, grass-fed variety. You can find organic eggs at health food stores that specialize in natural healing. Grass-fed cows that were fed GMO feed aren’t necessarily healthier than conventional ones, but their bones are likely healthier.
Processed foods – you want to avoid the most common ones, namely sugar, trans fats, and MSG. There are plenty of alternatives and you can find them at stores specializing in natural healing.
Sugary drinks, including juice, water, beer and wine – again, you want to limit these to 2-3 glasses per day.
Fruits – yes, you should limit them to a few fruits and vegetables. Avoid the fruit juices, and eat the fruit. There are plenty of vegetables you can eat that are good for your back. The best is the cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, bok choy and Chinese cabbage. They’re rich in sulforaphane and phytoestrogen, both anti-inflammatory agents that are good for your bones.
If you’re like me, this is going to be tough to follow. I’m a huge believer in the power of natural remedies that actually work. You’re probably also a bit confused, which is perfectly natural. This is a new thing that we’re learning. It’s also important to keep this information in mind, just in case you see a product on TV that seems like it might benefit, but turns out to have harmful ingredients.
I’m a big believer in the power of whole food, whole food, whole foods approach to healing our bodies. These foods can make a huge impact on our health. I can’t emphasize enough that this is one of the most powerful things you can do for your back.