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5 Things Your Diet Can’t Be Missing To Get Rid Of Lower Back Pain

5 Things Your Diet Can’t Be Missing To Get Rid Of Lower Back Pain

If you have ever suffered from lower back pain, you will know just how painful and debilitating this can be. You may also have tried a host of reactive measures to alleviate lower back pain, from gentle muscle exercises to practicing yoga.

What you may not be aware of, however, is that there are also numerous preventative methods of avoiding back pain. Absorbing the right nutrients from your diet is crucial, for example, as this aids muscular strength and flexibility while ensuring that you maintain a healthy weight.

5 Nutrients That Will Help you to Alleviate Lower Back Pain

The following nutrients also enable your body to repair itself after an injury, which can also negate the risk of long-term complaints and alleviate lower back pain:

1. Calcium

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    Let’s start with calcium, which has proven qualities that enable muscles to contract and relax properly (including those that surround your heart and other organs). This can be found in numerous food items, including citrus fruits, soybeans, tofu, salmon and sardines. Leafy vegetables such as kale and broccoli are also viable natural sources, although similar items such as Swiss chard and have a negative impact on consumption rates.

    Both men and women should aim for an average intake of 1,200 milligrams each day, which the body’s utilization of calcium can also be enhanced by the consumption of Vitamin D.

    2. Potassium

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      Potassium is another key nutrient and one that serves the pivotal role of communicating nerve impulses to individual muscle groups (allowing them to stretch and relax as required). Although this is present in meat, grains and dairy products, it remains a seminal component of fruit and vegetables and these should play a central function in your diet. Both men and women also need to consume an estimated 4,700 milligrams each day, so items like bananas and potatoes should be eaten regularly.

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      For preventative care, parents should also encourage the consumption of potassium in their children from an early age. After all, nations like the US and the UK have disproportionately high rates of back pain and among the lowest, recommended quota of fruit and vegetables per day, while schools are already partnering with outlets such as Premier Polytunnels to empower healthier diets among youngsters.

      3. Protein

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        While it is proven that a lack of protein can restrict your ability to build muscle mass, it also hinders the body’s capacity for maintaining and repairing damaged tissues. Conversely, a protein-rich diet improves your energy levels and enables muscles to contract properly, so it is important to consume food items such as chicken, fish, beef, eggs and milk. The recommended consumption levels only differ slightly between athletes and everyday citizens, with two or three servings of lean protein enough to maintain functionality.

        If you are a vegetarian or a vegan and cannot consume meat or dairy, consider introducing legumes, seeds, grains and dark, leafy vegetables into your diet.

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        4. Vitamin C

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          We have already touched on the importance of Vitamin D in your diet, but Vitamin C is also a vital component. This nutrient produces collagen, which is a connective tissue that makes up a staggering 90% of all muscle mass in the human form. It can also be found in most fruits, particularly citrus items such as oranges and lemons.

          Once again, vegetables are also a rich source of Vitamin C, with bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, spinach, tomatoes and potatoes all key dietary components. If you are a man, aim for an average consumption level of 90 milligrams each day, while women should target a slightly lower intake of 75 milligrams.

          5. Iron

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            The relationship between iron and muscle has been well-researched, with the former enabling red blood cells to oxygenate the latter. An iron-rich diet can ensure that your muscle cells supply the required level of oxygen to the core tissues and fibres, enabling them to function well under stress and over a prolonged period of time. This is key to reducing injury, particularly for those who work in physically demanding jobs.

            Iron can be found in red meat, poultry, eggs, fruits and fortified grain products, while it is also a key component of green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli. The recommended, daily consumption level for men and women aged under 51 is 8 milligrams, and this rises to 18 milligrams for women who are older than this.

            The Last Word

            Make no mistake; back pain is a debilitating condition that is thought to cost $34,000 per 100 employees annually in the US alone. It is also considered to be a key contributor to a lack of employee engagement across the globe, so eliminating it can improve your quality of life and improve your career prospects.

            So, if you do find yourself struggling with lower back pain, seek out professional guidance and shape your diet accordingly. If you are pain-free for now, focusing on incorporating these nutrients into your diet and preventing problems in the future.

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            Last Updated on September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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