Poor posture or back pain is often attributed to the common everyday use of backpacks. However there are many other reasons influencing back or shoulder pains. When this happens to young adults, then we must consider other factors. Obesity or being overweight will often contribute to back or other body pains. The body’s frame is out of balance.
- Obesity may cause some overweight people to lean backward to improve balance. This has a negative impact on posture.
- Lunches often consist of sweet, saturated fat, and additives.
- Nutritional deficiencies can easily occur adding to spine conditions.
Watch out for processed quick lunches. They are empty of vitamins and minerals but full of unhealthy fat, sweet, preservatives and additives.
Building strong bones and healthy spine start at childhood.
- The spine is composed of bones and cartilages.
During childhood, nutrition is the most important factor for good development. Too many kids are still not getting proper nutrition and rely only on processed meals. Deficiencies during a critical time have a direct impact on the spine. Nutritional defects can make this problem worse.
- Vitamin D deficiency has an impact on bones and results in curving of the spine and limbs under the child’s body weight.
- Bone is made of minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and boron. Bones also contain water and collagen.
- Cartilage, a type of connective tissue is made of collagen, protein, and sugar.
What to add?
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in wild fish or nuts.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables: fiber and alkaline-producing fruit and vegetables favor bone health.
- Good source of protein from lean meat or dried legumes.
- Vitamin D from sun exposure or fortified foods.
- Bone repair need extra magnesium.
What to avoid?
- Simple sugars and heavy starches in the diet often lead to weight gain and excess insulin.
- Rancid and hydrogenated fats.
- High salt intake: well-recognized risk factor for urinary calcium excretion.
- Refined foods.
- Chemical additives and residues.
- Caffeinated drinks like coffee and colas will result loss of calcium through the urine.
- Cola drinks contain high levels of phosphorus therefore disrupt calcium metabolism and healthy bones.
- Alcohol and many drugs used for heart disease and high blood pressure also cause magnesium loss.
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