Enhance your Spinal Health with these types of Food 

» Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Ogden Chiropractic | 0 comments

Most of us are facing nutritional challenges every day. Finding time to prepare nutritious food is hard with your busy work schedule or maybe a challenge in finding food that is chemical free because of modern practices of farming. 

 

Good nutrition is important for a healthy metabolism and to promote tissue growth and repair. The strength of your whole body is determined by what nutrients you take. 

Nutrition and the Spine 

One of the most important parts of the musculoskeletal system is your spine for it contains nerves and as well as bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs. Each of the parts has a role in the integrity and mobility and each has its own specific nutritional needs:  

  • Calcium plays a main role in the construction of bone density. Weak bones are a result of having not enough calcium and may lead to the risk of spinal fracture. There are also bad dietary choices and certain health conditions that might lead to lose of calcium in the urine. chronic emotional stress may also lead to digestive tract inflammation which prevent calcium absorption. Dairy products are significant sources of calcium but it’s also found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes and also canned fish which has edible bones in it. 
  • Magnesium is also as important as calcium in terms of building strong bones. Almost half of magnesium in your body is found in your bones.  

Magnesium could be found in dark chocolates and nuts such as cashew almonds, sun flower seeds and Brazil nuts. Stress, alcohol use and drugs in treatment of heart disease or high blood pressure can cause magnesium loss through the urine.  

  • Vitamin D keep your teeth and bones healthy. It is also important in cell growth and immune function. Vitamin D is needed in order for you to absorb calcium from your belly so getting enough will prevent bone damage and help rebuild new bone. It also helps produce enzymes making protein collagen strong, examples of collagen are the shock-absorbing disk on your spine. You can get vitamin D from salmon, anchovies and even egg but 20 minutes under a sunlight every is enough to meet the requirement needed. Some people are sensitive to UV rays so adding vitamin D supplement is a good option to provide enough amount of vitamin D. 
  • Phosphorus is working along with calcium in blood and bones, almost 85% of phosphorous in your body is found in your bones binding the calcium for strength and rigidity. 
  • Healthy fats are essential in the repair and growth of connective tissue, body fluids and bones. A healthy diet consist of lean proteins, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way in building a lean body and muscles to support the spine. 

Keeping Your Spine Healthy 

Regular exercise, good posture and proper nutrition are all important in the maintenance and good condition of your spine. If you are experiencing pain in your neck to shoulder down to your back, it might be related to the health of your spine. Contact Ogden Chiropractic to schedule an appointment. 

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