Back pain is one of the banes of modern life. Most of us lead sedentary existences and will, at some point, be given advice to move and exercise more. Less well-known is the effect of nutrition on musculoskeletal pain. Did you know, for instance, that abdominal fat promotes chronic inflammation which in turn can lead to joint and back pain? Cutting calories helps, as does adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. Making sure we get the right nutrients to reduce the risk of osteoporosis can also lessen the chance of chronic back pain. As a GP and Mayr physician at Park Igls, Dr Brunhuber has first-hand experience of the link between a healthy gut and a healthy back.
Here are her 11 top food-for-back-pain tips: