Why will 80% of us will have spinal problems in our lifetime and what can we do to minimize or eliminate back pain for good?
You may have cringed when you heard it, but you mom was right…stop slouching! You would think it goes without saying, but too many of us simply don’t maintain good posture, which is critical for a healthy spine.
Good posture is defined as ears aligned with the shoulders and the the shoulder blades retracted. In proper alignment, spinal stress is diminished. It is the most efficient position to achieve the best posture possible. Another great reason to sit up straight is the effect it has on your moods. Researchers at San Francisco State University have found a link between poor posture and depression, and many experts believe stooping and slouching could be associated with weight gain, heartburn, migraines, anxiety and respiratory conditions.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES
Your diet also affects your spine – it actually plays a key role. A healthy diet consisting mostly of lean proteins, healthy fats and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is ideal for building a lean body and muscles that support the spine. To improve the condition of your spine, supplement your diet with a multivitamin along with a B-complex and Omega-3s, as they have been shown to help decrease pain in the nerves of the spine.
GET PLENT OF SHUT-EYE
Studies suggest that insufficient sleep is associated with increased neck and back problems. It is important to get a sufficient amount (between six and eight hours) and of course, to sleep in a position that enables the spine to relax. The ideal position is on your side, as that puts the least amount of pressure on the spine.
Meditation can restore alertness, improve your mood, increase productivity and prolong life. People who meditate tend to focus on their core, automatically straightening their spines in the process.