Contributing Author: Holly Schwarz, PT, DPT
Summer weather can actually be very helpful in relieving inflammation that contributes to aches and pains! Believe it or not, your summer diet can really help manage inflammation as well!
Summer Fruits and Vegetables to Relieve Inflammation
-Rich in plant-based chemical beta-cryptoxanthin, studies of shown help prevent
osteoarthritis as well as inflammatory forms of arthritis.
-High in magnesium which strengthen bones and ease pain.
-Beta-carotene lowers uric acid which could help with gout symptoms.
-Rich in Vitamin C
-Contains Vitamin A which helps with bone health.
-Beta-cryptoxanthin which may reduce inflammation.
-Rich in Potassium and Magnesium which help with elevating bone density.
- Antioxidants – Carotenoids, flavonoids, and Vitamin C which help fight free-radical
damage and reduce inflammation, slowing cartilage deterioration and reducing joint
-Anthocyanins in cherries help relieve osteoarthritic pain and control gout flares in some
people with tart cherries.
-Sweet cherries also contain anthocyanins which could help reduce C-reactive proteins, a
marker for inflammation in RA and other inflammatory diseases.
-Packed with antioxidants, including Vitamin C, Lycopene and Quercetin.
-Rich in Vitamin C and A which help lower cardiovascular risk.
Additional Ways To Reduce Inflammation
1. Eat foods that reduce inflammation as stated above.
2. Lessen sugar intake – sugar can directly cause inflammation.
3. Engage in stress-relieving exercise – mediation, yoga, mindfulness, and light exercise is
important with lowering body’s inflammation. You can even go for light walks to help remove
inflammation within the body.
4. Add adaptogens to your diet – like ashwagandha or ginseng which are known to stabilize you
which help decrease the impact stress has on your body.
5. Sleep more – CDC reports that we do not sleep enough. Lack of sleep reduces the bodies ability
to fight infection.
6. Drink adequate amounts of water and stay hydrated.
Emily Craigen, owner of Crystal Lake Physical Therapy, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a local Crystal Lake resident who is excited to bring health and wellness to her community.