Here They Are! The Top 5 Best Foods for Spine Health

Most people think about spine health in terms of what we do. We know that work habits and the pursuit of activities that demand a great deal from our bodies can exact a toll.

But you are what you eat. That includes the health of your spine. What you eat has a strong bearing on how well your spine will serve you over the course of your life. So let’s review the top 5 foods for spine health, remembering that what you put into it, you get out of it.

Eat your vegetables.

How many times did your mother say that to you? Well, we’re here to tell you that you should have listened, if you haven’t already. Vegetables provide crucial nutrients that support the health of your spine as the primary pillar of your musculoskeletal system.

Vegetables with a strong natural pigment (green leafy varieties like kale, spinach and broccoli, for example), provide your spine with healthy nutrients that support and strengthen it. They’re also key sources of natural anti-inflammatory agents that help your body fight back pain.


Highly-pigmented fruits (like highly-pigmented vegetables) are the most effective in helping you combat back pain. They provide your body with the same type of anti-inflammatory nutrients vegetables do. You may be tired of hearing about the benefits of natural foods, but doesn’t “natural” make a lot of sense, when you think about it?

Berries are especially high in the type of nutrition your spine needs to be well. Their pigments are natural. These vegetables and fruits grow on the earth for a reason – to help us achieve the kind of health that supports our spines effectively. They’re incredibly important and at the very head of the list of the top 5 best foods for spine health.


Nuts, especially those high in naturally-occurring, healthy fats and calcium are some of your spine’s best food friends. Brazil nuts, almonds and pecans are especially good choices in terms of what they can do for your spine and your musculoskeletal system, in general.

Nuts also make a healthy snack, when less healthy alternatives are around. They’re easy to keep on hand and they’re highly portable.


While we know that not everyone reading this eats meat, there are so many other options for protein-rich foods which serve the purpose of maintaining spine health. Meat eaters should seek out lean options, like chicken and fish. Nuts, beans and legumes provide alternatives for vegetarians and vegans.


Native to Mexico, the avocado is one of nature’s most perfect foods. Its properties are numerous and its role in supporting the health of the spine, undeniable. It’s a great choice anyone can enjoy, making it a superstar on our list of top 5 best foods for spine health.

Guacamole, anyone?

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