Relief from Neck Strain

This Delicious Meal Can Help Your Back Pain!

by Sophie Hill

If you've ever been to a back pain specialist, you know that nutrition plays a big role in your body's ability to ward off pain. Eating well can energize your body, make exercise easier, and help you lose weight, which reduces the strain on your joints and back. What you may not realize is that some foods actually help reduce inflammation, and that can also ease your back pain.

The meal described below is made almost exclusively from foods reputed to reduce inflammation and strengthen bones. Best of all, this meal is healthy and delicious and comes in three courses, so you can feed it to guests at a party or simply make it for your family.

Starter Course: A Healthy Salad

The more colorful the vegetables, the better. Deeply pigmented vegetables are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. The following salad is made up of vegetables that are deeply colorful, which means that this starter course is not only delicious and healthy, it's also beautiful to look at.

To make the salad, toss together spinach, sliced carrots (heirloom varieties will have more color variations than traditional orange carrots), broccoli, avocado, walnuts, and sliced beets. Top the salad with a dressing of your choice and shredded cheese (the calcium will help strengthen the bones in your back).

Main Course: Omega-3-Rich Fish and an Anti-Inflammatory Vegetable

Small portions of a lean meat like salmon will deliver a dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Prepare the salmon to your liking (baked or seared is fine) and season it with the spices you prefer. Seasonings like garlic, rosemary, dried onions, and turmeric are all anti-inflammatory. In addition to the salmon, bake a casserole dish of broccoli (which is anti-inflammatory and high in calcium) drizzled in olive oil and tossed with sea salt, cracked black pepper, garlic, and Parmesan cheese (which also delivers calcium). Bake the broccoli until it's soft and tasty.

Dessert: Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are one of the newest health crazes. They're known for their tendency to absorb liquid and become spongy, like tapioca. To make a chia seed pudding, mix chia seeds and milk together in a bowl and leave them in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the dish should be the consistency of pudding. Mix the pudding with anti-inflammatory dessert foods like berries and cocoa, then sweeten the dish with honey.

Voila! This is just one of many meals you could make with anti-inflammatory rich foods. To get more nutritional counseling, contact aback-pain specialist in your area today.