A healthy scoliosis diet is a balanced diet. One of the most helpful things to know about diet and scoliosis, in both children and adults, is that being overweight increases the risk of complications associated with the diseases of the spine. This means that one of the most important factors in a healthy scoliosis diet is achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Body weight is based on the amount of energy the body uses. Calories are used to measure energy available in food. When more calories or energy is consumed than the body needs, it is stored as fat, and the body gains weight. When more calories or energy is used by the body than the diet provides, weight loss occurs.
A scoliosis diet provides calories from a variety of foods that are needed for growth and to maintain the basic functions of the body when growth is complete, without accumulating added fat.
In order for a scoliosis diet to be balanced, calories need to come from a variety of foods:
Minerals and vitamins are found in a healthy scoliosis diet, along with the carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
To promote gradual weight loss in children who are overweight, many dieticians and nutritionists suggest decreasing the amount of fat in a healthy scoliosis diet. This includes being especially aware of the fat you can’t see. To help decrease invisible fat in your child’s scoliosis diet consider:
A healthy scoliosis diet contains adequate amounts of fiber. Fiber in the diet helps to decrease inflammation and it helps to combat constipation. Good sources of fiber include:
To help decrease inflammation, avoid adding the following to a scoliosis diet: