Of all things that have the potential to make your life miserable, back pain has to be pretty high up the list. Unfortunately, it’s also a very common problem.
According to Strength and Conditioning Specialist & Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Specialist Ian Hart, the number one reason that you’re suffering from back pain is probably not what you think.
As creator of the ‘My Back Pain Coach‘ program – a system that has helped hundreds of people find permanent relief from their back pain – Ian is a man worth listening to.
According to Ian the number one reason for back pain is…
The reason that most people have back pain is that they have inflammation systemic inflammation throughout the whole body. So, if we can reduce inflammation we can reduce back pain.
So, one of the first things you want to do to get rid of back pain is to reduce inflammation.
Here are four simple things you can to accomplish this:
The first step to fighting inflammation is to stay properly hydrated. Dehydration plays a huge role in our health and well-being.
Dehydration happens both on a body level and on a cellular level, says Hart. First it happens on a body level and then it happens on a cellular level.
When you are consistently dehydrated on a cellular level, this is where inflammation starts to creep into your body.
And I’m not just talking about water. I’m talking about minerals and electrolytes as well, because those help balance out our cells.
Here is a simple drink Hart recommends to keep yourself hydrated at a cellular level:
Put half a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt or Celtic sea salt (pick a salt with no additives) into a large glass of warm water. Add in some freshly squeezed lime juice.
Drinking this in the morning will help get electrolytes into your cells. Celtic sea salt has over 80 trace minerals. It has electrolytes and it also helps balance out the cells. The same goes for lime juice, making this mixture a great way to start off your day properly hydrated.
The second thing – although it might sound controversial if you’re suffering from back pain – is exercise.
Most people, I find, are not exercising enough say Ian Hart. Exercise will not only get energy and blood flow to your lower back and help lubricate your joints, but it will also activate synovial fluid. This synovial fluid is how we get nutrients to the spine, which helps with the healing process.
Another important thing when it comes to inflammation is how many grains you are eating per day. Grains, typically wheat and gluten, cause inflammation.
Hart recommends you take a good look at your diet. If you are eating a lot of grains he suggests you reduce this amount or maybe even eliminate them entirely for the time being and see how you feel.
A lot of people find out that they have systemic inflammation because they’re constantly eating foods that cause inflammation. Hart suggests you check to see if you have any allergies to certain foods. Processed dairy can also cause inflammation.
The last thing Ian Hart recommends you look at is your stress levels. Do you allow yourself time to relax every day? Prolonged stress leads to inflammation and impacts your immune system.
Allowing ourselves time to wind down at the end of a hectic day is crucial for reducing inflammation as well as for our overall health and well-being. So, take some time every day to relax and de-stress, whether it’s meditation, yoga, taking a walk or a vigorous workout.
There you have it, the main reason for back pain and four steps you can take to get rid of it.
If you just monitor these four things and incorporate them into your life you will reduce inflammation in your body, thereby finding relief in your back.
If you’re interested in Ian’s back pain relief program you can learn more about it here.
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