Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Can Food Help Your Back Pain?

Back pain cost society more than 30 billion dollars! A ten fold increase since 1997.   Recent evidence shows that eating certain non-inflammatory foods can help decrease your pain.

 So what should we do to take advantage of this information?

Eat more:
  • Cherries, or tart cherry juice
  • Olive oil
    • (such as in a salad dressing, drizzled over pasta or veggies.   less value if you use it for cooking)
  • Canned salmon, sardines packed in water or olive oil, mackerel, albacore tuna (preferably wild caught)
  • flaxseed
  • Vegetable protein
  • Vegetables and fruits of every color
  • Nuts of all kinds
  • Green Tea
  • Ginger- try steeping some grated root with boiling water
  • Corn oil, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed , or mixed vegetable oils
  • Margarine and vegetable shortening
  • Processed foods
  • Products containing high fructose corn syrup
  • Foods high in saturated fat, including meat, tropical oils and full fat dairy
  • Foods made with trans fats
A lack of vitamin D may also contribute to low back pain.  In one study 80% of people who had chronic low back pain also were deficient in vitamin D. When they began taking supplemental D their back pain improved.

This anti-inflammatory way of eating is great for ANY inflammatory condition, aim to eat this way all of the time!