Nutrition

Obesity affects the spinal alignment

By on November 15th, 2016

Fueling Your Better Tomorrow

Food to man is one of two things: a solid foundation for strong, healthy bones, muscles and other organs OR one of the slowest, most deadly forms of poison. Unfortunately, the latter tends to be the case more often than not in today’s world. There’s a war around us, and we’re losing because we don’t have the ammo to fight. Instant meals, frozen dinners, fast food – All of these are loaded with synthetic vitamins and minerals, saturated fats, and sugars which make them high in calories but offer little, to no, nutritional value. It is important that we begin making healthier food choices because these harmful dietary habits are affecting our health on multiple levels. One such area susceptible to ruin that you might not know about is our Spinal health.

Those of us who are overweight and are having back pain need to understand that those “extra pounds [we] are carrying take a daily toll on [our] quality of life.” Here are some options to combat obesity including:

  • Eating multiple, smaller meals a day (5+) to avoid ‘Starvation Mode’
  • Cutting out excess sugars and choosing more complex carbohydrates (Oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, Green/starchy vegetables)
  • ‘Cycling’ carbs around activity for optimum utilization and minimal fat storage
  • Consuming healthy fats (avocados, whole eggs, fatty fish, extra virgin olive oil, cheeses, nuts, chia seeds)
  • And More!

We ourselves should take up health conscious values like these and teach them to our children if we wish to reverse the harm we’ve done to our bodies. This is backed by daunting surveys of yesterday that show that more than 2 in 3 adults are considered overweight or obese as of 2010. We must grasp and embrace the truth of our diets and their detrimental repercussions. No longer can we hide beneath a veil of feigned ignorance. We have the tools to repair, restore, and empower mankind. Are you willing to take that first step towards a better tomorrow? Because it starts in the kitchen.

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Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.

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