End Back Pain With Proper Nutrition- One Healthy Choice At A Time
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:55

Calories in and calories out.  It's all about balance when it comes to nourishing a healthy body and weight.  But too many calories and not enough activity have left 63% of Americans either overweight or obese.  The truth is getting inspired to change eating and exercise habits can be a challenge.  And if you suffer from back pain, increasing activities can seem especially daunting when even the simplest of movements can send ripples of pain shooting down your spine to your extremities.  At Spine Centers of America (SCA), we want to change that.

Health professionals tell us that a Body Mass Index (a tool that uses height and weight to assess health risk) of 25 or greater increases our risk for heart attack and stroke, hypertension, type II diabetes and certain types of cancer.  Clearly, being overweight adds extra stress to the body - and our backs carry the load too!  Excess weight, often coupled with weak core body muscles, can cause poor posture and increase pressure on the spine which can aggravate existing spine conditions or significantly contribute to serious conditions such as degenerative disc disease, herniated disc and spondylolithesis.

If back pain and the inability to exercise are affecting the quality of your life, perhaps it's time to ask if there's a better way.  Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery is often the best option when conservative treatments fail. With shorter recovery times (days or weeks rather than months) minimal tissue trauma, pain and scarring in comparison to traditional back fusion surgery, SCA quickly gets you back on track to an more active and pain free life.

At Spine Centers of America, we believe the ability to nourish a healthy weight and live an active and vital life is quite achievable - one healthy choice at a time!

Fresh food ideas for nourishing a healthy weight:

  • Get colorful with plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables - add a fruit or vegetable (preferably both) to every meal and snack.

  • Go whole grain - fiber-rich whole grains like oatmeal, barley, brown rice and whole grain breads and cereals will fill you up and keep you fuller longer.

  • Bulk up on beans - full of fiber, beans help keep weight in check - try them sprinkled on a salad.

  • Choose lean proteins like chicken, turkey and fish and avoid high fat meats like salami, bacon and sausage.

  • Choose low fat and fat-free dairy products - use skim and 1% milk or light soymilk, low-fat/fat-free yogurt and low-fat cheese like string cheese, mozzarella and feta.

  • Stay hydrated - skip the soft drinks and drink 8 cups of water each day. Thirst is often confused for hunger.  Drink a full glass before meals to aid digestion and help you feel more satisfied.

  • Keep portion sizes in check!  For more information visit the website listed below.

**BMI calculator and additional healthy food tips can be found at Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

For more information about our spine center located in New Jersey or about our spine treatment options, talk to a spine specialist today at 877-722-6008.