Somersworth: Neck Pain & Headaches

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“Host A Fun &Healthy Cookout This Year!” HEALTHY TIPS FOR OUTDOOR FEASTS

MAIN DISHES Instead of greasy burgers, brats and hot dogs, try… • Meaty mushrooms marinated in equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. You’ll get immune-boosting nutrients in the mushrooms, vinegar and lemon juice. Plus, studies show that oleocanthal, one of the most concentrated anti- inflammatory compounds in olive oil, dampens the body’s inflammatory process and reduces pain sensitivity with a pharmacological action similar to ibuprofen. • Salmon with a splash of lemon and a sprinkling of savory summer herbs. Salmon is rich in omega-3s and vitamin D, both of which enhance joint health, boost immunity and protect against inflammation. CONDIMENTS Instead of ketchup (which packs 2 teaspoons of sugar per tablespoon) or mayo (which is relatively high in unhealthy fat), try…

• Antioxidant-packed salsa or pico de gallo. Weighing in at just four to five calories per tablespoon, and zero fat, salsa boasts plenty of nutrients. • Olive oil based pesto or sundried tomato spread. All three ingredients – olive oil, basil and sundried tomatoes – are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. SIDE DISHES Instead of mayo-based salads like coleslaw, potato salad and macaroni salad, try… • Bean salad. All beans boast fiber, protein and a bevy of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. • Sliced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Choose this tasty Caprese salad and you’ll get more oleocanthol and cancer-fighting lycopene.

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