Food for Thought: Diet and Nutrition for a Healthy Back

Most people are aware that carrying too much weight with no muscle support can put a tremendous strain on your back and therefore good diet and exercise can go a long way to helping resolve some ongoing back issues (more information on this later)

However, what may be less obvious is that certain vitamins and minerals in your diet may help to prevent some problems from occurring in the first place and will help to promote good recovery after injury.

Eating a balanced diet that includes the right amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients may reduce back problems by nourishing the bones, muscles, discs and other structures in the spine. Particular importance is given to calcium which can be found in dairy products, leafy green vegetables and oily fish.

Vitamin D is necessary to allow the body to absorb calcium and can be found in oily fish and egg yolks.  We can also absorb Vitamin D through our skin from sunlight.

Vitamin A is a an antioxidant that assists the immune system in fighting off diseases. It is good for injury as it helps to repair tissue.  Vitamin A rich foods include carrots, eggs, apricots and spinach.

(For further, more detailed nutritional advice, please contact our dietician, Brenda Smith)