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Herniated Disc Nutrition

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Specialist comments on what you should eat if you have bulging or herniated spinal discs ?

Mdl0591_2   Degenerative spinal conditions, including disc problems and spinal arthritis, can benefit greatly from your food choices. The typical American diet is very rich in animal protein and fat, and thus the typical American is overweight. Something like two thirds of our population is too heavy, and the percentage seems like it just keeps on rising ( obesity rates ). For one thing, extra body weight puts abnormal stresses on the spinal joints, spinal discs, and other structures. This causes them to wear down quicker, resulting in loss of function, and chronic back pain. Some of the conditions that manifest from being overweight are sciatica,facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease (DDD ), and bulging and herniated discs. The discs are designed to be shock absorbers. But just like the shocks on your car, they have limitations.

The other bad thing about a diet rich in animal protein, is that it promotes inflammation. The last thing you want to do when you have an inflammatory, degenerative, spinal condition is to feed the inflammation. This is like throwing gasoline on a fire. OK, OK, so what should I eat then ?

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