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Foods & vitamins to heal herniated disc

Updated April 17, 2017

A herniated disk can be extremely painful, and can significantly impair your mobility. Healthy foods and supplements that support the body's tissues can boost your recovery and discourage further injuries. Incorporate the following resources into your current care plan for best results.

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Eating Healthy for Tissue Support

Reduce the inflammation and pain associated with a herniated disk--and prevent further injury--by switching to a high-fibre, low-fat, plant-based diet. The typical high-fat American diet is low on fibre and whole food nutrition, which often results in excess weight and compromised health. Experts at The University of Michigan Health System indicate, "Herniated disks can often be prevented by keeping your weight down, eating a proper diet, and exercising to keep your muscles firm."

Avoid animal products, including meat and dairy, until you have fully recovered. Animal proteins are associated with increased pain and inflammation in patients who suffer from inflammatory conditions and back pain. Dr. Normal Engel indicates, "Nutritionally . . . a complete plant protein . . . is easier to digest than animal protein which may actually increase healing time because of the high amount of toxic side effects and energy expended for digestion of animal proteins."

Supplements for Back Pain

Speed your recovery time by taking supplements that support the regeneration of body tissue and cartilage, and which boost your overall health and vitality.

Essential supplements for herniated disk support include: calcium, magnesium, vitamin B complex, zinc, boron, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, glucosamine with chondroitin and bromelain with papain. Follow the advice of your doctor or chiropractor as to the correct dosages and supplement combinations.

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About the Author

Marie Greene has been a writer for more than 20 years on a variety of topics including natural health, fitness and creative pursuits. Her work has appeared on FaveCrafts and other websites. She received her herbalist certification from the School of Natural Healing, studied aromatherapy through the Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy, and is currently pursuing a degree in horticulture and phytotechnology.

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