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Processed Foods That Contribute to Back Pain

All of us are on a health learning curve. No matter where you are, there is always something valuable to learn that can help you feel better. You can start eating healthier today and it does not cost more and it tastes great. What do I mean by processed food and why does it contribute to back pain? Anything that comes in a box or has an ingredient list is usually processed. If it didn’t come out of the ground or off of a tree, that is not real food to me. Real food is something you can look at and know what plant it is. That is an almond, that is an avocado, those are sprouts, etc. When you look at a fruit roll-up, what is it? It’s not food, it’s a product that is being marketed to you so you believe it is food. The only thing your body needs is live nutrients from plants. You do not need processed dairy, there is plenty of calcium in raw Kale or chia seeds. You do not need whole grain bread. There are carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables and sprouted grains. Live nutrients are the secret to health. This means plants that are not heated above 118 degrees. But what does this have to do with back pain? Well our bodies are made of living cells. Cells are constantly regenerating as old cells are replaced. When we eat live food, we give our body live cells to regenerate with. When we give our body dead food, we are only sustaining the cells, not replacing them. If you want to heal your back, wouldn’t it make sense you give yourself new cells? Cereals, pastas, pizzas, and fast food is not going to help you rejuvenate.

Raw food specialist Dr.Gabriel Cousen has healing center in Arizona called Tree of Life. He is able to get type 2 diabetics off of insulin within 30 days by giving them a raw food diet. The body is regenerated from raw food. If you have ever seen a raw foodist, they look much younger than other people their age depending on how long they have eaten raw. Technically, what we are seeing are younger cells. For more information about Dr.Cousens work please visit www.drcousens.com. Chronic inflammation is something that most people do not know they are experiencing. It causes joint pain, back pain, fatigue, emotional swings, acid reflux, and bloating. When your body is struggling to process the chemical preservatives in processed food, you are expending extra energy. When you give your body what it is designed to process you will waste less energy.

Processed food becomes an addiction that affects other areas of our lives. Perhaps your back is hurting because you are too lethargic to walk or exercise. This addiction is very serious and truly tragic. I recommend eliminating processed foods by cutting out refined sugars and eating only fruit sugars or organic honey. This means no corn syrup, no cane sugar, no splenda, or sweet-n-low. Start reading ingredient lists to familiarize yourself with different types of sugars. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient and it does not come from nature, don’t eat. Also, processed inorganic dairy has fillers and antibiotics that are hard on your digestive system and clog your glands with mucus. I have seen coworkers who feed their kids processed foods and their children are constantly sick. Your immune system is compromised by processed food. These means chips, ranch dressings, candy, soda, etc.

So make a personal goal to increase your raw organic food intake and decrease your processed foods. You do not have to switch everything all at once. That can be overwhelming and lead to deficiencies as you need to learn how to get enough protein, fat, and vitamins. Maybe begin incorporating green juices and green smoothies into your diet as well. Adding ginger to them can also take down inflammation that can be causing you pain.

Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry is a health and wellness professional who was healed from chronic back pain in 2003 after studying the mind-body connection. She went on to study the physical and mental benefits of yoga and now teaches classes and workshops in Southern California. She has also worked as an organic health consultant and writes about how to eat a clean whole foods diet incorporating gluten-free, raw, and dairy free options.