Studies show that certain foods can increase inflammation and cause chronic pain in your body.1 Eating a well-balanced diet, including anti-inflammatory foods, will help prevent diseases and improve back and neck pain. An anti-inflammatory diet can support healthy bones, nerves, and connective tissues in your back and neck. Eating a diet rich in specific vitamins and minerals can help fight diseases like arthritis, which is a significant culprit in back and neck pain
Nature has provided us with incredible nutrients that promote good skeletal health. Remember to include all rainbow colors in your grocery cart when selecting foods. These foods will provide your body with anti-inflammatory benefits and increase your vital antioxidants.
Here are some great food choices to help improve back and neck pain:
- Fruits: Focus on blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries are rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
- Vegetables: Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, arugula broccoli, and avocados have a good amount of monounsaturated fats and lots of antioxidants
- Nuts: Walnuts, almonds, Brazilian nuts, and pecans all have anti-inflammatory properties
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The healthiest of oils, and full of anti-inflammatory properties
- Tumeric and Ginger: Provide powerful effects on nausea, pain, inflammation, and immune function.
What we eat can significantly affect inflammation in your body and increase your pain. Avoiding foods like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial trans fat, refined carbohydrates, and excessive alcohol can all help avoid joint pain flare ups.
Foods with antioxidants may neutralize more significant numbers of free radicals and reduce inflammation. Start with your diet when considering the cause of your neck and back pain—eating more fruits and vegetables, limiting your red meats, and finding healthier sources of fats can all have huge impacts on your back and neck pain.
Dr. Payam Moazzaz understands the impact of a nutritious diet on your health. Getting your chronic pain resolved successfully with a healthy diet sets you up for greater success in treating your spinal condition.
Dr. Payam Moazzaz is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon in California specializing in advanced minimally invasive spine surgery that enables successful returns to active lifestyles.