Back Pain is the world’s most massive epidemic in modern society today. If you are dealing with back pain, then you probably know it keeps getting worse with time. But what you may not know is that the reason behind this could be your Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. The food that you consume can have a significant effect on your body’s internal working mechanism. So the next time when you think of gorging on a packet of chips or treating yourself to that tasty chicken curry from the menu, please stop and think wise.
The routine activities that we do in our daily life too can be degenerative for our muscles like lifting groceries, sitting for long hours in front of the computer, picking up your child, etc. If the muscle on one side becomes too tight from overuse, it could cause the muscle on the other side to become too weak. This creates Muscle Imbalance. Apart from making some postural adaptations, we should also make a few insignificant changes in our diet to reduce the intensity of back pain due to muscle imbalance.
Diet- A Key Factor
An inflammatory diet (acidic diet) is the primary cause for persistent pains in the body. You can start by choosing better substitutes which are naturally anti-inflammatory and incorporate them into your diet. Deeply colored fruits and Vegetables are a vital part of an anti-inflammatory diet. Read on to know which are the most inflammatory foods and how to avoid them.
Eliminating sugar from your diet will make a world of difference. Sugar is present in various forms in our food. Look for food labels ending with ‘use’ (dextrose, fructose), corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice. You also need to avoid hidden sugar in soda, pastries, candies, and most processed foods.
Substitute sugar with natural alternatives like raw honey, Stevia, etc. You can consume fresh fruits, dates, and figs to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Avoid dairy in the form of milk, butter, cheese, cream-based sauces, and anything that is pre-packaged. The protein-casein found is dairy is very hard to digest.
You can substitute it with nuts, hemp milk, soya milk, tofu, and unsweetened yogurt. It is advisable to cut out dairy from your diet entirely for a few weeks and observe the difference and then you can gradually add the yogurt back in.
Saturated Animal Fat & Processed Vegetable Oil
Try to avoid red meat from factory-farm animals. The food that they are fed, the hormones, antibiotics and steroids injections which they are given make their meat high in omega-6 fats. Our body needs equal quantities of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. But if the former outweigh heavily, you’re inviting some severe inflammation in your body.
Substitute factory-farm fed meat to more humanely bred animals. You can also eat fish like mackerel, sardines, and salmons which are rich in omega-3 fats. Choose unrefined cold-pressed fats like olive, coconut, sesame oil, etc.
Refined Carbohydrates and grains
Processed grains are difficult to digest by the body. Some of the main culprits in this category are white bread, pasta, rice, sugary drinks and snacks, fried foods, partially hydrogenated fats often found in chips, crackers, and pastries.
You can eat more whole grains, oats, kidney beans, legumes and lentils, dried fruits, seeds like sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp hearts. Hemp seeds are considered a superfood when it comes to joint pain and muscle inflammation. We shall discuss it in detail at the end of this article.
Alcohol and Caffeinated Drinks
If you load up on caffeinated drinks and alcohol, you’re only depleting the level of essential nutrients from your body. It also immediately triggers an inflammatory response throughout your body causing you aches.
Alternatively, you can drink lots of water throughout the day and keep yourself hydrated and eliminate toxins from your body. Consuming a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tsp. of honey in a warm glass of water helps in increasing alkalinity in your body and aids in digestion.
Excess salt can knock off the balance of electrolytes and minerals in the body which helps in the proper functioning of our muscles and joints.
Although salt in moderation is allowed, it is better avoided as much as possible. You can replace it with fresh herbs and spices which apart from making the food more flavorful, has anti-inflammatory properties too.
How can Hemp Seeds help with Inflammation and Joint Health?
Hemp seeds from the plant Cannabis Sativa are exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein and various other minerals needed for optimum functioning of the human body. There is no other plant-based source which has the perfect ratio of all the essential amino acids that too in an easily digestible form for humans. Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seeds is responsible for its anti-inflammatory property. They are also a great source of protein, vitamin E, potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron and zinc to name a few. No wonder it has been touted as a super-food.
How to incorporate hemp seeds into your daily diet?
There many ways in which you can add hemp seeds to your diet. You can mix it with yogurt, sprinkle it on salads and soups, add them in cookies or just eat them as a roasted snack. Any which way you plan to eat them, they are sure to add a lot of flavor to your food because of your nutty taste.
Remedies can be far from few, but as the age old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Stay healthy and stay fit.
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Claire Penny: Backchairs Direct offers workplace ergonomic solutions, including Orthopedic Office Chair, furniture and other posture improving accessories. Claire supports Backchairs Direct with their marketing and sales. She enjoys the study of ergonomics and understands the benefits a correct seating solution can bring to the user.