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Food is Medicine: The Benefits of Olive Oil
Episode 151st June 2020 • Back Talk Doc • Sanjiv Lakhia - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
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Managing inflammation and back pain goes beyond taking medication and undergoing surgeries or therapy. It requires overhauling your lifestyle to one that will support your healing, which involve taking care of your mental well-being, regular exercise, and a nutrition-dense diet. One of the food plans that is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits is the Mediterranean Diet, of which olive oil is a key component.

In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia speaks to Mary Mori, director for technical services at California Olive Ranch on olive oil. She talks about the olive fruit itself, the different methods of making olive oil and its different variants and how to store it properly in your pantry.

Mary recommends using extra virgin olive oil, for its naturally occurring phenols, as well as the presence of antioxidants, unsaturated fats and fatty acids. These contribute to the anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and skin benefits that olive oil brings. Additionally, she gives tips on how you can use olive oil in your day-to-day life. Besides cooking with it and adding it to smoothies and ice cream, you can include it in your skincare routine as an exfoliant or moisturizer.

There are many advantages to incorporating olive oil in your everyday diet to minimize inflammation, without adding toxic medications to your body.

Key Moments in the Episode

Process of making olive oil 07:49

Life cycle of an olive 11:28

Difference between black and green olives 12:35

Difference between the fruit and olive oil in terms of taste 14:02

Regions famous for olive gardens and high-quality olive oil 15:22

How to determine the quality of the olive oil 16:57

How to store olive oil 19:36

Explaining the dates on olive oil bottles 21:05

Extra virgin olive oil 22:52

Phenol content in olive oil for health 26:01

Olive oil's anti-inflammatory benefits 28:19

Benefits of eating whole olives 29:53

How to adopt olive oil in your diet 31:21

Avocado oil as a great alternative 33:10

Benefits of replacing you roil with olive oil 33:34

Personal tips to stay healthy 35:33

Links Mentioned in the Episode

California Olive Ranch

California Olive Ranch Instagram

California Olive Ranch Facebook page

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