Reduce Pain by Lowering Inflammation

Video by Dr. Erik Waldeland

Green drinks have always been one of the ways we attempt to give our patients a “shortcut” to ensuring we are getting enough fruits and vegetables in day-to-day.  For those that find it difficult to get enough meals in throughout the day, this can be an easy way to maintain balance in the body and keep the levels of inflammation down as much as possible.  When done consistently, this not only can help prevent pain, but is very important to decrease the risk of many of the chronic diseases that plague our country.  The main ingredient in this week’s smoothie is cherry, which is a strong antioxidant which helps fight inflammation and aids in proper repair of the body’s cells and tissues.  Below are some key quotes from the research of cherries and some of the antioxidative properties that make them so great for us. 

“Increased oxidative stress contributes to development and progression of several human chronic inflammatory diseases. Cherries are a rich source of polyphenols and vitamin C which have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. “

“Results from published animal and human studies suggest that consumption of cherries may reduce the risk of several chronic inflammatory diseases including, arthritis, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and cancer. Furthermore, there is evidence that cherry consumption may improve sleep, cognitive function, and recovery from pain after strenuous exercise.”

When it comes to how we approach pain, our Chiro Health clinics always address the foods and nutrients that our patients consume for this exact reason.  We need to ensure the body has the ability to health from the inside out, because this is important for not only getting out of pain but staying out of pain.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice) I use Silk Almond Milk
  • 3 ice cubes

Kelley DS, Adkins Y, Laugero KD. A Review of the Health Benefits of Cherries. Nutrients. 2018 Mar 17;10(3):368. doi: 10.3390/nu10030368. PMID: 29562604; PMCID: PMC5872786.

Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only help you reduce back pain, neck pain or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our St. Louis Park Chiropractors located in the West End, near the corner of MN-100 S & Lake Rd./Westside Dr., will teach you how to Reduce Pain by Lowering Inflammation.