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Do You Have Back Pain?

85% of Americans will feel back pain at some point in their lives. We all know someone who has back trouble. What you may not know is that there are reasons for back pain beyond overuse:

If your vitamin D levels are low, you may feel back pain. Doctors are mixed in their feelings on this issue, but I can tell you from personal experience that this was true for me. Low levels of vitamin D along with inadequate calcium levels can make the problem even worse. Ask your doctor for a simple blood test to find your levels.

You may not realize that what you eat affects how your back feels. If you can’t find any other reason for your back pain, consider your diet, especially the amount of fiber you take in. What should you eat? The answer is just what you’d expect – more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

The last reason you may be feeling pain is more ambiguous. When you’re anxious or depressed you perceive pain differently. Small aches become major pains. Breathing exercises help dissipate some anxiety. Surrounding yourself with people and activities that you enjoy can improve your mood.

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