Nutritional Therapy for Spine Health

Eating a well-balanced diet will ensure that your body can access the right amounts of a variety of vitamins and minerals. These can reduce back pain and spinal problems by nourishing the muscles, bones and other spinal structures. The chiropractor can advise you on the most important nutrients for your spine health including:

Water

It is important to drink enough water for the nourishment of the entire body; your body is made of 60-70% water. Staying hydrated allows major organs of the body to access nutrients. It also helps the body get rid of waste and protects the joints. The intervertebral discs contain a lot of water making it important to stay hydrated for the health of your spine. Eight glasses of water a day as part of a healthy diet is recommended. You should drink water continuously during the day.

Calcium

Calcium is crucial to maintain bone mass throughout life and most importantly at old age. Consuming adequate amounts of calcium can help prevent the development of osteoporosis (a condition that causes weak and brittle bones in the spine causing vertebral fractures). Calcium is found in foods such as dairy products, green leafy vegetables, tofu, peanuts, peas, beans and some types of fish among other foods.

Magnesium

Magnesium works alongside calcium to maintain bone density. It also helps maintain muscle tone, relaxing and contracting of muscles. It is found in whole-grain foods, beans, seeds, potatoes, avocadoes, nuts, and shrimp and green leafy vegetables as well.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps in tissue repair and bone formation, which is good for your back. Check out a good local chiropractor or even your general practitioner to learn more about what’s good for your back. Vitamin A can be a bit tricky since going over the recommended daily allowance can promote bone fractures. It is found in beef, chicken liver, dairy products, orange fruits and orange or green vegetables.

Vitamin B12

This vitamin is important for healthy bone marrow and normal function of the spine. It is available in meat products, dairy products and eggs.

Visiting a chiropractor regularly can be important for spine health. The spinal canal houses the spinal cord from which various nerves radiate to different organs in the body. A problem with the spine alignment can affect any of these nerves and cause a barrage of problems in the body.

Chiropractic care helps maintain proper spine alignment. Chiropractors go beyond the spinal adjustments to offer patients physical exercises they can do at home as well as nutritional therapy for spinal health.