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Is That Chocolate Bar Causing Your Back Pain?

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Every time I prepare to write an article such as this, I laugh inside, only because the information I discover seems so practical, and it is great advice for so many people, but when I look at my nearly 106-year-old grandmother, she has practically violated every so-called rule of healthy living over the last century and then some, yet she still continues to thrive. So, in an effort to make good on those genes I hope I inherited from her, I try to balance the advice I receive through my own research along with some of the wisdom she has instilled in me over the years. Now, that doesn’t mean I will be dining at McDonald’s four or five times a week or downing a bottle of salt regularly, but I won’t say “no” to an extra helping of cheesy fries if I feel like it!

When it comes to back pain, it seems to be a chief complaint among so many people, and rightfully so. As I have mentioned in other articles, a lot of the pain and discomfort we house in our necks and back can be seen as a direct result of the way we slouch in our chairs. Face it. It’s not a pretty picture. Even as I sit here at my computer, I am sliding half-way out of my chair while rolling the bottom of my foot over a golf ball to ease the discomfort in my arch from presumably logging too many miles in a poorly-constructed pair of running shoes, a popular brand name I will politely refrain from naming, at least in this article!

The phrase, “You are what you eat” has resonated throughout the years. If that is actually true, then without a photo of my grandma close at hand, you can probably close your eyes and envision a cup of steaming hot coffee, an Egg McMuffin, and a container of salt. Throw in a hearty smile and an eager “thumbs up” that proclaims, “Good eating,” and that’s her! She does, however, still tend to her hair and make-up routine.

Our bodies are incredible machines, and sometimes we can be quite rough with them. Think about all of the junk you have consumed over the years. Think about all of the sleep you may be lacking. Think about some of the wild parties you might have attended and the alcohol that was eagerly consumed.

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