Most people suffering from Cervical Spine (Neck) Thoracic Spine (Mid Back) & Lumbar Spine (Lower Back) pain are of the belief that back aches stem from various reasons like bad posture, wearing high heels, an injury, over weight, sedentary lifestyle with no exercise, too much exercise, heavy weight lifting, dancing, pregnancy, stress etc.. But all these reasons are actually NOT the root cause of back aches.
The true ROOT CAUSE of back aches is a WEAK back.
The spine is essentially made up of vertebrae, the vertebrae are made up of bones and bones are essentially made up of calcium.
So the key to a STRONG back is CALCIUM.
Of course wearing high heels is not recommended, a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise or too much exercise or excess weight training is also not good, however if your back is strong, there would be less chances of injury or back ache.
The Spinal anatomy is truly unique in its form and function. It is designed to be incredibly strong, protecting the highly sensitive nerve roots, yet highly flexible, providing for mobility on many different planes.
However for years we have abused our bodies. As you can see, calcium and your back are very closely related.
One of the main causes of a weak back is also the excessive consumption of Coke and Pepsi. They drastically lower calcium levels and increase phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.” When you continually eat food cooked in hydrogenated refined oil and iodized salt, processed foods like white bread, sugar and tea/coffee for years on end, your body experiences a state of acidosis.
Acidosis needs to be combated by alkalinity. And where do you think your body finds this Alkalinity?
“Calcium” is Alkaline.
To combat this state of acidosis, it strips calcium from your bones to increase the alkalinity…..This in turn leads to a weak back, leading to injuries and back aches and even osteoporosis.
Massages or Pain killers will only temporarily relieve a back ache. If you are looking to strengthen your back and not suffer from constant back aches, you need to most importantly focus on your calcium intake. However popping a calcium pill is not the answer, nearly all supplements contain chemicals like stearates and stearic acid which work as lubricants added to raw materials in supplements. They also contain potentially allergenic binders, fillers and often coloring agents. These additives have a number of side effects in the long run, including decreased absorption.
There is no better source of calcium than a well-balanced diet. In principle your daily nutrition should bring in all the calcium your body needs. Supplements will not compensate for junk foods, alcohol, smoking and imbalanced nutrition.
Last but not the least, what is also most effective in healing back aches is the practice of yoga at least twice a week if not more. Yoga does wonders for not just strengthening your back but for your entire being. Yoga not only strengthens your core it calms you down . Please read my article on misconceptions of yoga before you decide to start practicing, as it is very important to be doing the right type of yoga.
Combining Calcium through correct nutrition and yoga, will allow you to experience a back ache free life for starters and much more !!!
Written by Sejal Vora