Nutrition and Back Pain

As most people are well aware, good nutrition and a balanced diet are important components of overall health.

What may surprise people with back problems is that diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight also play a major role specific to back health—including the prevention of many problems and improved healing.

The bones, muscles and other structures in the spine need proper nutrition so they are strong enough to support the body and to perform their other functions.

Choosing the Right Foods for Optimal Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet with the right amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients can reduce back problems by nourishing the bones, muscles, discs and other structures in the spine. While a healthy diet calls for many vitamins and nutrients, this partial list highlights a number of healthy choices that can be directly beneficial for back pain.

Other Sources of Vitamins and Nutrients

If one is not able to incorporate sufficient amounts of certain vitamins and nutrients into the diet through food, nutritional supplements can usually be taken to make up the deficit. Always consult a medical professional before significantly changing your diet or taking nutritional supplements.

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