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Could your diet be behind your back pain?

by , 19 August 2013

Sciatica pain, commonly known as back pain, happens when one of the discs in your spine prolapses (falls out of place). While sciatica pain is most often a result of the wear and tear of these discs, a poor diet can also cause it. Read on to discover the link between diet and back pain and discover what you can do to about it...

Believe it or not, having excess intestinal gas or other digestive problems as a result of a poor diet can affect your back. Since your intestines are close to the back, a build up of gas and toxins can affect your back and even lead to back pain.

But you can put an end to this if you correct your eating habits.

“Some dietary experts say that diet can have an influence on sciatica and that if sciatica sufferers pay more attention to what they eat it can make a difference in their pain,” writes Chet Cunningham author of the Sciatica Report.

Basically, a healthy eating plan can help ward off gas and digestion problems that can contribute to your back troubles as well as give your body the nutrients it needs to build healthy strong muscles and bones.

Here’s how a proper diet can help you avoid back pain

Follow these tips to avoid for digestive woes and put an end to your back pain for good:

  • Chew up your food thoroughly.When you chew your food properly, your body releases digestive enzymes in your stomach that help to break down food so it can convert it into energy. When food isn’t digested properly, you could suffer from digestive issues such as indigestion, heartburn, constipation, headache and low energy, explains HeritageIntergrativeHealthCare.
  • Avoid drinking carbonated drinks. “Nobody needs any size serving of soda. There’s simply no place in any diet for a beverage that offers plenty of calories but zero nutritional value,” warns Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.
  • Avoid drinking too much coffee. “Coffee can actually make stools harder to pass because it is also a diuretic, so it draws liquid out of stools. If you are constipated, avoid coffee and other diuretics such as alcohol and caffeinated tea and cola,” says WebMD.
  • Limit animal protein. It’s not easy to digest. Animal protein has no fibre, it has a low water content and it forms acid in your stomach. All these factors can create or worsen constipation.
  • Eat a fibre rich diet to avoid constipation and the build up of gas.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation. “Drinking plenty of water helps prevent dehydration, which can lead to constipation. Liquids can help keep your stool soft to help prevent and alleviate constipation. Talk to your doctor about how much water is good for you,” says WebMD.

• Eat your fruits and vegetables. Your body uses the simple sugars found in fruit as fuel to run. This helps keep your muscles, nerves and bones in tip-top shape.  The vitamins, minerals, water and fibre in fruits and vegetables all contribute to a healthy body and a healthy back. So make sure you get plenty of them in your diet. You should be eating at least two servings of each a day.

Well there you have it. You are what you eat. Adopt a proper diet and you might be able to avoid back pain for good.

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