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Food for back pain

Dr. med. Irene Brunhuber
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Tips against inflammation & pain

Food against back pain? Works well! With these top tips from the Park Igls Health Centre Tyrol, the pioneers of Modern Mayr Medicine, you can prevent inflammation and pain.

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"Pain in the musculoskeletal system is in many cases related to inflammatory processes in the body. Unfortunately, we cannot eat ourselves pain-free. But there are foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect, nourish our supporting connective tissue and support bone and muscle function.

In this way we reduce the risk of osteoporosis and thus also of bone fractures, such as vertebral fractures, and consequently chronic back pain," knows Dr. Irene Brunhuber, specialist in internal medicine and former Mayr doctor at the Park Igls Medical Spa Resort.

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Food for back pain

I’m a great fan of probiotics. Intestinal biodiversity is crucial for gut health and nutrient absorption. Plus: they boost the production of happiness hormones! Find probiotics in fermented foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut and kombucha or buy probiotic supplements if you prefer.

Another gut-health star! Eat leafy vegetables, potatoes, fruit and herbs, and avoid acidifying and alkaline-depleting foods like sugar, alcohol, coffee and ready-meals to reduce your risk of inflammation.

These are so important! Brain and body benefit as they help lower inflammation and are thought to improve bone and joint health. Sources include fatty fish such as salmon, flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.

Calcium: Keep bones strong and resilient with a diet rich in hard cheeses, leafy vegetables and pulses. And avoid fast and convenience foods: these can contain high levels of phosphorus which dissolves calcium in bones.

Magnesium: Magic mineral magnesium is an allrounder and, unsurprisingly, it’s great for bone health too as it helps assimilate calcium into the bone and activates vitamin D. It also helps to lower the risk of osteoporosis in women after menopause.

There are so many reasons for taking this! As well as being great for the immune system, this wonder vitamin promotes the absorption of calcium from the food you eat. A lack of Vitamin D leads to a decline in muscle strength and tone, and thus to a heightened risk of falling.

This vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils and cereal grains, and works with calcium to build strong bones.

The world’s favourite vitamin – C – forms collagen and nourishes connective tissue, so is essential for back health. Source yours from fruit, vegetables and herbs, but be careful: vitamin C is water-soluble and sensitive to heat, so gentle steaming is best.

I cannot overemphasise the importance of fluid intake on all aspects of health, including our backs. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas to keep your spinal disks hydrated and your back supple.

Found in a wide range of delectable foods such as dark chocolate, blueberries, leafy greens and pulses, antioxidants reduce oxidative stress, which is associated with chronic inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation has positive effects on back pain.

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About the author

Dr. med. Irene Brunhuber

The specialist in internal medicine was a valued Mayr doctor at the Park Igls Medical Spa Resort for several years in the past.