Exercise and Diet for Herniated Disc

I have changed my diet and exercise regimen to cater toward my herniated disc problems.  I have obtained positive results since I made these changes.  On top of changing my diet, I have also included daily supplements to assist my daily nutritional needs.

I went into a state of depression for about a a year and a half and really let myself go.  I thought all hope was lost and I was not exercising or eating healthy at all.  I probably put on about 30lbs over the 1.5 years, obtained high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.

After I got these blood test results, something just fired up in me to start making some life changes.  I started listening and watching media that motivates me and get my adrenaline flowing.  I am now feeling much  better and my herniated disc pain and discomfort is at a tolerable state right now.

Diet Changes and Supplments

  • I haved eliminated foods that are high in saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • I have increased my protein intake.
  • I have limited my carbohydrate intake to include mostly low glycemic carbs.
  • I am supplementing daily with: Whey Protein Isolate, Flax Seed Oil, Glucosamine, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and a Multi-Vitamin
  • I am eating about 4 to 5 balanced meals per day that are spaced 3 to 4 hours apart.

Exercise Changes

  • Cardio Exercise: I do the elliptical machine.  It’s low impact and great to get the muscles and joints moving.
  • Weight Training: I have stopped using free weights that put a lot of compression on my spine and switched to using machines.  I was always against this, but I love it now and would never go back.  My goals have changed drastically since my injury and I am doing whatever I have to do to take care of my back.