How a Proper Diet Can Help Your Spine


The diseases of the musculoskeletal system are often connected to metabolic disorders in the human body, which are often the result of malnutrition and an unhealthy lifestyle. Therefore, a proper diet is also important during the recovery phase after injuries.

Degenerative spine diseases are treated in a spine care center, but dietary adjustments can significantly improve your general health, including your spine. So let's see how food can affect the functioning of the musculoskeletal system.

Alkaline and Acid

The intra-articular fluid has the most alkaline pH level - 7.74. When it changes to the acidic side, the cartilage is malnourished, and the accumulation of under-oxidized products and uric acid salts occurs, which leads to premature wear of the cartilage tissue. Therefore, it is necessary to limit the consumption of foods that lead to acidification of the internal environment of the body, namely meat, flour, sweet, and canned foods. For alkalinization and restoration of the pH of the joints eat more dairy products, vegetables and fruits (especially fresh).

Formation of Salts of Uric Acid

When you eat protein foods, uric acid salts are formed in the body, which is then removed through the organs of the excretory system (liver, kidneys). With excessive intake of protein or if internal organs don't function properly, additional ways of its excretion are opening - skin, mucous membranes, and even the synovial membranes of the joints. This contributes to the accumulation of uric acid salts in the joint cavity, in periarticular tissues, as well as the formation of stones in the internal organs, in the oral cavity (tartar).

Prevention consists in observing the norm of daily protein intake - no more than 80-100 g per day, limiting meat products. It should be considered that a lot of protein is found in dairy products, cereals, nuts, and legumes.

The Use of Essential Macro- and Microelements and Vitamins.
  • Sulfur is an important element in the construction of collagen and elastin fibers. Its sufficient intake contributes to the timely restoration and renewal of cartilage tissue. A lot of sulfur is found in legumes.
  • Calcium is an important building block of bone tissue. Found in dairy products, cheese, spinach, beans, nuts.
  • Vitamin D3 improves the absorption of calcium by bone tissue. It is formed in the skin under the sunlight, and is also found in fish products.
Problems with Blood Circulation

The main causes of blood flow disorders associated with food intake:

  • Blood with cholesterol impedes the movement of blood through the vessels, contributes to the formation of cholesterol plaques, which narrow the lumen of the vessels, limit the flow of nutrients to the tissues. Prevention consists in the need to limit the intake of food rich in cholesterol - meat, fatty foods.
  • Thickening of the blood. To eliminate blood clotting, it is necessary to take a sufficient amount of water up to 1.5-2 liters. per day. This amount also includes water contained in food and drinks like tea or coffee.
  • Thick blood contains a large amount of protein that sticks red blood cells together.
  • A high level of adrenaline appears if a person is nervous all the time or is at a high level of adrenaline professionally (for example, a driver, manager, artist, etc.). Adrenaline always constricts blood vessels, contributing to the difficulty of blood flow.
Weight Is Important

The excess weight contributes to an increase in the load on the joints, the erasure of cartilage tissue, and the more rapid development of degenerative-dystrophic diseases.

Salt and fluid restriction is recommended in acute pain syndrome, which helps reduce soft tissue swelling.

The bottom line

For normal operation and prevention of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, it will be useful to adhere to a dairy-vegetarian diet, limiting meat and sweet foods. Limiting the total amount of food is also necessary, so do not overeat. In addition, add physical exercises and normalize the functioning of internal organs with the help of diet and holistic medicine. 

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