Food for Thought: Diet and Nutrition for a Healthy Back
As most patients 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. As a general rule, it is recommended to include the following back-friendly nutrients into a daily diet.
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 patients.