9 smart ways to reduce back pain (1/9)

With back pain, simple tasks can become impossible or, at least, aggravatingly painful. To ease, prevent, and relieve back pain, follow these nine smart tips

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1. Balance your diet

Some foods can have anti-inflammatory effects and can help ward off back pain. Back-friendly foods include cherries, olive oil, salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, flaxseed, walnuts, soy products, nuts, green tea, and ginger. On the other end of the diet spectrum, some foods can contribute to pain. So, avoid vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, or “mixed” vegetable oils, margarine and vegetable shortening, processed foods, products containing high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in saturated fat, and foods made with trans fats.

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