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Healthy Back Part 3: Why Are Some Foods Good or Bad For You and Your Back?

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

Free_from_back_pain3This is Part 3 in our series about simple changes you can make in your day-to-day life to help improve the health of your back. If you missed Part 2, Click Here!

In Part 2 the main topic we discussed was which foods can cause inflammation in your back, and which foods can reduce it. Or in other words, which foods are good and bad for you and your back. There are many reasons why certain foods can cause back inflammation and others help prevent it, and in this part we are going to be discussing one of those reasons: the Glycemic Index.

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The Glycemic Index is a number assigned to a food that indicates that food's effect on a person's glucose (or blood sugar) level. Basically, it measures how fast your body turns that food into glucose. It is usually measured on a scale of 0 to 100; foods with a score of 55 or less are considered a low glycemic index, 56 to 69 are considered medium, and foods scoring 70 or higher are considered a high glycemic index.

But why is the Glycemic Index so important for your health? Foods with a high glycemic index turn into glucose quickly which is bad for your body; they cause a rapid raising in blood sugar levels, which causes your body to release insulin to compensate, and that in turn causes a so-called "sugar crash." The symptoms of a sugar crash include fatigue, irritability, headache or light-headedness, and anxiety. Plus repeatedly having high blood sugar for an extended period of time can lead to diabetes, among other health problems.

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Conversely, it has been shown that foods with a Low Glycemic Index are beneficial in reducing oxidative stress, which can cause conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many low glycemic index foods are high in antioxidants as well, which are great at reducing inflammation, while also helping protect the cells in the body and increasing joint flexibility, which is important for your spine.

An example of some foods that have a high Glycemic Index are white bread and rice, potatoes, pretzels and bagels, while some foods that have a low GI are most fruits and vegetables, and beans. Lists of foods with their Glycemic Index scores are readily available on the internet.

Remember, this is just Part Three in a series. Part Four will be coming soon!

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*** Our goal is to educate people on anything and everything that can help with their back problems. Our non-surgical procedures help the spine to function better, and we provide these tips in conjunction with our treatment to help better educate you on what's best for your back. We hope you find them useful. ***