This March, we’re focusing on National Nutrition Month and the importance of a balanced diet in relation to your spine. We encourage everyone to stick to a healthy, vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense diet, along with regular chiropractic care to decrease tension within the nervous system, which can lead you to a healthier, longer life.
Nutrients are present in the foods we consume to provide us with energy to fuel the body and the mind. Nutrition refers to the cycle of chemical changes which occur within the body depending on what you eat and don’t eat. The proper food with the right nutrients can strengthen your bones, teeth, and connective tissues. Alternatively, a diet of convenient foods full of sugars, and food products full of preservatives, contribute directly to some of the most costly (and preventable) health concerns. That’s why a well-balanced diet is essential for repairing and maintaining bones, ligaments, cartilage, muscles, and tendons; as well as preventing chronic diseases.
The skeleton and connective tissues begin growing in the womb. Composed of 24 vertebrae separated by discs, the spine is cushioned by cartilage that absorbs the impact of body movements. All are tied together by connective tissue, nerves, tendons, and ligaments. As we get older, our vertebrae begin to degenerate. Things like osteophytes, or bone spurs, can cause discomfort and pain.
That’s why maintaining a healthy vertebra is composed of so much more. It needs minerals and proper nutrients to support all that it does. These connective tissues require the right vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that work together, including vitamins B, C, D, and K.
Having a nutritious diet full of the right vitamins, minerals, and nutrient-enriched foods can help you maintain a healthy spine and is suggested for anyone suffering from pain or spinal disorders. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and boron are the most influential for healthy bones. Adding foods packed with the proper nutrients can influence your life and SPINE more than you may realize.
You may think that to gain strength in your spine is through exercise, but your diet plays a huge factor in your spine health along with regular, weight-bearing exercise. While you are coming in for your regular adjustments, it is important to eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D that are vital to achieving the optimal spinal health you’re looking for.
Here are the 4 types of foods that contain proper nutrients that benefit your spine.
1. Dark Green Vegetables
Vegetables with a dark green color are packed with calcium. That means the essentials like kale, broccoli, arugula, and collard greens contain enough calcium to keep your spine strong and healthy.
Calcium is a mineral that plays a significant role in bone formation. As teenagers and young adults, calcium builds and increases your strength. In older adults and elderly folks, calcium serves more as a maintenance mineral because it constantly replaces the lost calcium caused by getting older.
Adding fish products to your diet can give you the vitamin D you need to maintain proper spine health. Salmon is a great source of vitamin D and a quick-to-make meal that can be easily added to your diet. A fatty fish has enough vitamin D for your whole day! Sardines can also benefit your spine because they contain calcium and omega-3s.
Rich in vitamin D, mushrooms have a unique ability to increase their vitamin D amount due to sunlight exposure. Just like humans get vitamin D from the sun, mushrooms do too! Adding more mushrooms to your meals not only helps you build a stronger spine, but they add a flavorful punch to any meal.
4. Egg Yolks
Like mushrooms, egg yolks contain vitamin D but their exposure to the sun. Eating egg yolks can be another great way to get more vitamin D. Most of the protein is found in the egg’s white while the vitamins and minerals are primarily in the yolk.
By adding these calcium and vitamin D enriched foods, you will be taking the steps towards a healthy, strong spine. There are also nutritional supplement options available which are recommended based on whatever specific condition you may be dealing with. By eating the proper foods, and coming in for regular adjustments, you can decrease the tension in the nervous system contributing to your spinal health.
If you want to improve your spine further than your diet, come into the office and make an appointment at Cheshire Wellness. We can assist you with everything you need to keep a healthy spine to live the active life you want to live. We can guide you towards good nutrition, regulate exercise, and live a happier and healthier lifestyle all around. Call Us At (603) 357-5700 for more information.