The number of Americans who will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives is close to 80 percent. While a good diet will not guarantee that you will never experience back pain, maintaining a healthy diet will not only increases your body’s ability to avoid back pain, but also aid you in getting over the pain more quickly when it occurs. Here are four dietary tips you can use to help you prevent and deal with any low back pain.
Tip 1. Eat more fish
Adding regular servings of fish to your diet can lower your risk of heart disease, lead to an increased lifespan, as well as decreasing low back pain. Fish contains omega-3-fatty acids, a nutrient that can both decrease body inflammation and serve as a natural pain killer. Research has shown that patients with chronic low back pain who took omega-3 fatty acids were as likely to reduce their pain symptoms as patients who took ibuprofen. Though omega-3 fatty acids are present in most fish, it is especially rich in mackerel, tuna and salmon.
Tip 2: Substitute olive oil for other vegetable oils
Olive oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils around/ like fatty fish, olive oil contains a compound that has similar pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties. The beneficial chemic al compound in olive oil, called oleocanthal, is present in all forms of oil, though virgin olive oil contains the highest levels of it.
Tip 3: Add antioxidant-rich foods.
Antioxidants are chemical compounds found in some foods that help your body prevent cellular damage. A diet rich in antioxidants can improve your body’s ability to prevent low back pain and repair any damage done by inflammation. Antioxidant rich foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, nuts, as well as fish and poultry.
Tip 4: Supplement Your Diet
While a well balanced diet will provide your body with all the nutrients you need to deal with low back pain, some people may also benefit from adding dietary supplements. Any supplement that adds key nutrients to your diet can be helpful. For example, if you are not able to add fish to your diet, consider taking fish oil supplements that contain omega-3- fatty acids. You can also take bromelain supplements, even though it is better if you get it from food. Pineapples are rich in bromelain and it has anti-inflammatory properties.
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