8 Foods for Spinal Health

Comments by Amir Vokshoor, MD and Marina Chaparro, RDN, CDE, MPH

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Minimize inflammation to help support bone health.

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If you suffer from back pain and spinal issues, did you know that what you eat can help—or hurt—you? Therefore, it’s important to pick foods that will minimize inflammation and will support your overall bone health.

“Spinal health is directly and intensely related to nutritional status,” explains Amir Vokshoor, MD, the director of spine at St. John’s Health Center in California. “Our genetic predisposition and our microbiome, which relates to the gut flora and our ability to digest and absorb nutrients, can directly affect spinal pain, skeletal integrity, and our ability to heal and recover from surgery or injury,” he says.

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