In a recent post, I asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite nutrition tips. I asked them what helps them stay strong and healthy so they can better deal with their back and neck pain.
I have some interesting responses to share with you, but please note: I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, this blog has not been reviewed by a healthcare professional, and I didn’t review scientific papers to back any of the beneficial claims.
Just think of this as anecdotal advice: People with back pain sharing favorite nutrition tips to help each other out.
Nutrition tips from Spine-health fans
- Eat a high-fiber diet
A fiber-rich diet is essential for keeping the digestive tract healthy and preventing constipation. Foods high in fiber include corn, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, squash, celery, leafy greens, oranges, beans, and mushrooms. Since all of our nutrients must come from proper absorption in the gut, it makes sense that the healthier your digestive tract is, the healthier the rest of your body will be.
- Drink apple cinnamon tea with local honey
A quick review of the benefits of cinnamon shows that it is associated with having anti-inflammatory properties, reducing cholesterol, being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, and being high in antioxidants, among other benefits. I personally sprinkle a little cinnamon in my coffee every morning because I love the taste. Whether you are getting any real pain benefit from cinnamon or not, it’s always soothing to curl up with a hot cup of tea with a dash of cinnamon. And the local honey? It may help with allergies and have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
- Cut out grains, sugar, and processed food
These 3 “offenders” come up way too often in our Facebook nutrition discussions not to at least mention them. As I said, this is not a blog backed by studies, but instead by readers’ experiences. Cutting grains, sugars, and processed foods from the diet seems to make everyone feel better. I wonder if it’s because they taste so good that we all eat too much anyway, and too much of anything is never good?
- Sprinkle turmeric
Several readers report that adding the eastern spice turmeric to their foods helps decrease their pain. Some sprinkle it in everything within reason (including their eggs!). Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, and is associated with everything from pain relief to decreasing the risk of certain cancers. Some readers reported that they were able to substitute turmeric for their NSAIDs.
- Drink tart cherry juice
Many of our readers reported that adding tart cherry juice to their diet has helped with their back pain and insomnia. Cherries, and other fruits with intense color, are high in antioxidants, but cherries in particular seem to be the most potent .
What nutrition tips would you add? You can join the discussion on our Facebook post here: