Many people love carbonated beverages. The consensus is that soda is a bad thing, and many people have opted for healthier options, such as sparkling waters. And, alcoholic beverage companies not only sell beer, but also there is a growing trend of consumers preferring flavored alcoholic, carbonated beverages. Though flavored sparkling water may be a healthy alternative to soda, and people think flavored alcoholic beverages may be healthier than beer, these carbonated beverages can create a lot of problems for your body. As I discussed previously in Is Your Diet Causing Your Back Pain, an individual’s diet is a leading cause of back pain.
Some of my patients have suffered from severe, debilitating back pain simply from drinking carbonated water instead of flat water. Why? A frequent cause of back pain is gas, which can be caused by excessive carbonation in your diet! Carbonation can have adverse effects on your digestive system. The gas gets stuck in your digestive system, creating pressure on the spine that can equal the pressure of an inflated football!
If your digestive system gets thrown out of balance, your muscular system and back are not far behind. The gas creates bloating, or inflammation in your gut, which then reflexes into your muscular system and back. This can cause back pain, neck pain, headaches, and an overall feeling of stiffness and tightness. And, I am not referring to slight tension in your back, but rather a completely debilitating back pain that could make standing and walking almost impossible. It can also prevent you from doing a simple movement, such as getting out of the car or tying your shoes.
Assess And Relieve Your Back Pain
Many people are unaware of how much bloat or gas they have because they are so used to feeling this way. To learn more about your own diet and potential inflammation, you can take my free Digestive Assessment. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to reduce gas: stop drinking any carbonated beverages for two weeks and see how you feel. I know it can be hard to cut out soda and other carbonated beverages, but if you do you may eliminate your back pain. I cannot emphasize enough how this one change in your diet can change your life and alleviate back pain. Not to mention, you may even drop some inches off your waistline by eliminating the gas and bloat that carbonation creates. To learn more diet tips that may help you relieve pain, please check out my book, The Back Pain Relief Diet: The Undiscovered Key to Reducing Inflammation and Eliminating Pain.