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Can food and yoga heal your back?

  • Published at 04:56 pm September 1st, 2019
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Food and yoga for back pain relief

Chronic back pain is a royal pain in the back! All age groups, even children are not spared from this debilitating pain. It prevents many individuals from taking part in work, play, and laughter.

Your age, being overweight, being sedentary, lack of sleep and smoking may be among a few of the many reasons for your back irritation.

Here are a few simple, tangible lifestyle changes in a quick flow chart which you can implement today to ease and even get rid of your back pain for good, no matter the cause of your pain. 

Not stretching and doing strength training not only makes you stiff but also reduces blood flow to the lower spine, which keeps your body from delivering enough nutrients to the discs in your back. Doing this flow every morning will do wonders for your spine.

Cat and Cow pose helps your spine stretch upward, it helps in relieving the compression of the cartilage of the spine and stretching of the skeletal muscles. 

The triangle pose helps stretch the sideways and lateral decompression of the spinal cord. 

The warrior helps to stretch the whole spine forward and helps to open up the lower back, hamstrings, and hips. 

The twisting action of these asanas helps strengthen ABS and obliques and energies the spine. The backward, stretching of the spine in some poses improve flexibility. 

Doing this routine in the morning is almost as good as going to a chiropractor every day to get your spine adjusted!

Healthy eating for a healthy spine.

Now let’s talk about healing your body from the inside.  Daily heat and cold compressions alongside eating an anti-inflammatory diet will improve back pain. Food rich in magnesium, vitamin D, calcium, fiber and Omega 3 is good for spinal nourishing. When faced with back pain, increase Omega 3 rich food sources, such as salmon, tuna, kale, olive oil, and nuts in your diet. 

Alongside inflammation-reducing plant food such as sweet potatoes, berries, grapes, watermelon, and carrots. 

Herbs and spices, including basil, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, garlic, curcumin, onions, oregano, and turmeric tend to be rich in anti-inflammatory agents, so season generously. 

These foods are loaded with calcium, vitamin-D, magnesium, and fiber that will help reduce inflammation and nourish your spine with the nutrients it needs to keep you pain-free.

Azgari Hasin is a certified yoga instructor, registered nutritionist, and an entrepreneur in the health and fitness industry.