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Episode Info: 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 EpisodeProcess of making olive oil 07:49Life cycle of an olive 11:28Difference between black and green olives 12:35Difference between the fruit and olive oil in terms of taste 14:02Regions famous for olive gardens and high-quality olive oil 15:22How to determine the quality of the olive oil 16:57How to store olive oil 19:36Explaining the dates on olive oil bottles 21:05Extra virgin olive oil 22:52Phenol content in olive oil for health 26:01Olive oil's anti-inflammatory benefits 28:19Benefits of eating whole olives 29:53How to adopt olive oil in your diet 31:21Avocado oil as a great alternative 33:10Benefits of replacing you roil with olive oil 33:34Personal tips to stay healthy 35:33Links Mentioned in the EpisodeCalifornia Olive RanchCalifornia Olive Ranch InstagramCalifornia Olive Ranch Facebook pageBack Talk Doc: The Recommended Diet to Reduce InflammationBack Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website at
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