Keep Your Spine Healthy By Doing These…
Keeping your central nervous system healthy is one of the most important things to do when it comes to maintaining general well-being and longevity.
Your spinal cord acts as a highway for messages from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, therefore, if something isn’t working right, it should be a cause for concern.
An unhealthy spine can lead to reduced function and degeneration in various parts of the body, which is why developing healthy habits to maintain your spinal health is ideal.
Here are a few straight-forward habits that will help you maintain a healthy spine throughout your life.
#1 – Good posture
Having good posture while sitting, walking and lifting weights, for example, is critical for maintaining a healthy curvature of the spine.
If you are working or studying at a desk day in and day out, keeping your neck straight up, shoulders back and core tight will help to keep your spine straight and reduce the chances of misalignment.
If you lift weights and / or exercise regularly, check online or with someone who is knowledgeable about proper techniques as using the right form can reduce the wear and tear not only on your spine, but also on your ligaments and joints.
#2 – Sleeping right
Not getting the proper amount of sleep can be detrimental to both your mental and physical well-being. Your spine keeps you upright while going about your daily business and it needs to relax along with the rest of your body.
The way you sleep can also have an affect on your spinal health. Unless you have proper support underneath your mid-waist, sleeping on your side can cause your spine to bend and result in stressful forces being exerted on it throughout the night.
Sleeping on your stomach is another position that lacks the necessary support your spine needs which can cause misalignment and pain upon awakening. You might even wake up with a bout of low back pain!
#3 – Exercising
Doing the right kind of exercise on a regular basis can greatly benefit the health of your spine. Your core and back muscles should be the focus as they take additional pressure off your lower back.
Strong core and back muscles have a higher capacity to take on additional stresses and maintain your spine’s positioning throughout the day.
#4 – Supportive Shoes
Believe it or not, the amount of support you have in your shoes can directly affect the health of your lower back. A good set of shoes will provide a basis of support while walking and doing other activities that will maintain alignment within your body.
One way to make sure you are receiving proper support from your shoes is to buy a set of orthotics. These are custom made to help maintain your posture and gait while walking and will help maintain the health of your spine over the long-term.
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#5 – Nutrition
What we put into our body is what we will essentially get out of it. If you are constantly eating greasy, sugary foods all the time then expect that your health may deteriorate, including that of your central nervous system.
Three nutrients that promote spinal health:
Calcium – found in milk, cheese, yogurt, dark green leafy vegetables, salmon, sardines, almonds, oranges, tofu to name a few. Calcium helps maintain bone mass throughout your lifespan and in old age. An adequate intake is important in preventing osteoporosis, a degenerative disorder that can result in vertebral fractures because of weak and brittle vertebrae that are characteristic of the condition.
Magnesium – found in avocados, beans, bananas, nuts, leafy green vegetables, fish, whole grains and yogurt to name a few. Magnesium is essential in keeping your bone matrix structure healthy and is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions to occur within your body. If you lack magnesium, your body will pull it from your bones and a deficiency can result in problems with bone density and cause back problems.
Vitamin D3 – found in egg yolk, some fatty fish like salmon and liver. Spending time in the sun also is a source of this nutrient. Much of our daily vitamin D3 intake is likely supplemented by breads, milk and some cereals. Vitamin D3 helps your body absorb calcium. Without it, they can become brittle, thin and misshaped.
There are many nutrients that supplement a healthy spine. Talk to your local chiropractor or naturopath and ask them what they would recommend.
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