Back pain is a common condition that affects most people at some point in their lifetime, according to the NHS. But you could lower your risk of developing backache by simply adding more turmeric to your diet, it’s been claimed.
Back pain could be caused by sleeping in the wrong position, having bad posture, or even by having a minor injury.
In most cases, back pain isn’t anything to worry about, and it’ll get better by itself within a few weeks or months.
But, you can speed up your recovery, or even prevent back pain from developing in the first place, by making a few changes to your diet plan.
One of the easiest ways to protect your back against niggly pains and aches is to start eating more turmeric, it’s been revealed.
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“The research is not all in, but there’s significant evidence that points to the anti-inflammatory properties of certain foods and their link to reducing back pain,” it said.
“Turmeric is experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to its impressive healing properties.
“Used for years by ancient Asian civilisations in religious ceremonies and for wellness purposes, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that can help ease pain.
“According to a study by the National Institute of Health, turmeric inhibits a specific protein that activates the body’s natural inflammatory response, which leads to achy joints.”
Regular exercise and doing stretches could also help to prevent back pain from returning, said the NHS.
Those most at risk of developing back pain are people that are overweight.
You should see a GP or dial NHS 111 immediately if you have back pain, combined with a numbness or tingling around your genitals, a loss of bladder or bowel control, or severe chest pain.
These symptoms could be a sign of something more serious, and need to be checked immediately.