12 Dec Eat with your spine in mind
Eat with your spine in mind.
The types of food you choose to eat can improve your spine health by increasing the strength of your vertebral bones, decreasing inflammation and providing micronutrients.
Decreased Inflammation = Healthier Spine
Eating foods that decrease the inflammation in your body has been found to improve your spine health and diminish spinal pain. Getting protein from plants (beans and nuts) provides nutrients without increasing the inflammation that may be associated with animal-based (meat) proteins. Eating foods rich in good fats, like Omega-3 (salmon, mackerel) or Omega-9 fatty acids (olive oil, avocados) have anti-inflammatory effects on your body. Many vegetables, whether deep green (spinach, broccoli and kale) or brightly colored (carrots and peppers) reduce inflammatory substances in the blood.
Alkaline Diet and Spine Health
Rather than concentrating on specific foods, some researchers recommend that you concentrate on the overall acidity or alkalinity of your diet. Proponents of such diets believe that diet can alter the acidity or alkalinity of the body. According to these nutritionists, foods that are themselves acidic, such as lemons or vinegar do not necessarily render your body acidic. Instead, they characterize meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol as acidic foods. Natural fats, starches, and sugars are considered neutral foods. Fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables are considered alkaline foods.
In 2001, German researchers investigated the effects of alkalinizing the buffering capacity of blood on the pain symptoms in a group of volunteers. They found that after four weeks of alkalinizing dietary alterations, 76 out of 82 patients reported marked improvement in chronic low back pain.
Other researchers contend that and alkaline diet is healthy because it is based on whole and unprocessed foods. They cast considerable doubt that any such diet would alter the acidity of your body.
Micronutrients and Spine Health
Some researchers have suggested that micronutrients, which may be found in natural foods, may be beneficial for spine pain. In 2018, one multinational team reported that consuming natural eggshell membrane alleviated joint pain or stiffness. They reported on 60 women and compared the egg product to a placebo (sugar pill). They reported improved recovery from exercise-induced joint pain and stiffness in the egg eating group.
Build Strong Vertebral Bones
Vitamin D and Calcium can increase bone strength. These can be found in dairy products that are high in calcium and fortified with vitamin D. Leafy green vegetables can also provide calcium.