Lower Inflammation to Avoid Back Pain and Neck Pain

with This Recipe

Shared by Dr. Antonio Flaquer

Decrease Inflammation with This Recipe

Lower Inflammation with a Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Do you ever feel bloated or just don’t feel like you have enough energy to make it through the day? Well, this recipe is for you and a must have for lunch or even dinner! This recipe can lower inflammation to help avoid back pain, neck pain, headaches and more. It is super simple and easy to make and not a lot of things put into it. Enrich in antioxidants which is very essential for decreasing inflammation throughout our bodies. A detox is essential for the body and should be done at least once a week to help flush out all of the bad toxins within our bodies from some of the food we have eaten. In this recipe, watermelon is one of the main ingredients. Watermelon is in fact an anti-inflammatory and has also been shown to help with cardiovascular diseases. Watermelons are also an antioxidant which again gets rid of the toxins within our bodies for the body to be able to health at an optimal level.

Here are some research and facts about watermelon.

“Watermelon contains phytochemicals such as lycopene, vitamin C, β-carotene, and Total polyphenolic content that possess anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antioxidant properties. Dietary intake of these products with antioxidants properties is important in maintaining human health and well-being.”

“These reduces incidence of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and some coronary heart diseases, through inhibiting formation of free radicals and reactive oxygen species.”

As all of our doctors say, it is important to maintain our overall health not by only how we eat, but by how we move throughout our day and get some type of exercise, and also how we manage our stress. These three basic principles are the bases of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying at that homeostasis level in life. As always, make sure you are fueling your body correctly by putting the right food in your body, getting your exercise in, and managing your stress levels.


  • ½ cup of red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin oil
  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 6 ounces of feta cheese, cut into ¾ inch cubes
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint



  • Whisk vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl; gradually whisk in oil until completely incorporated.
  • Combine watermelon, cucumber, feta and onion in a large bowl. Gently stir in 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.

authors, A., Maoto, M. M., & Additional informationFundingThis material is based upon research supported by University of Venda grants [SARD/17/FST/02] for post-graduate studies and National Research Foundation [96633] for financial support. (n.d.). Watermelon as a potential fruit snack. Taylor & Francis. Retrieved September 1, 2022, from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10942912.2019.1584212

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When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our Chiropractors located in St. Louis Park, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diabetes and other diseases!