Lowering Inflammation with Organic Squash

Shared by Dr. John Wertish

Lowering Inflammation with Organic Squash

We are chiropractors near Lakewood in East Dallas and our mission is getting your neck and back pain resolved by lowering inflammation.  What we eat is one of the three factors that cause pain and can make us sick.  Stress damages various cell components and can cause inflammation leading to pain. The food we eat can have a significant impact on how we feel.  Organic Squash is botanically a fruit but used culinarily as a vegetable. The good news for us is that it makes a killer tasting soup. Butternut squash is high in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Diet has a significant impact on physiological well-being, and high intake of vegetables has been proved to be beneficial in aging and age-related diseases. Fiber is a great prebiotic food that helps our gut microbiome leading to lower inflammation in our body and a better ability to digest nutrients from our food. Antioxidants also lower inflammation leading to a healthier lifestyle. Try this recipe out and start eating well for your health.

 Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 (3-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 3garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • ½ tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper and sauté until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the squash and cook until it begins to soften, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, sage, rosemary, and ginger. Stir and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant, then add 3 cups of the broth. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the squash is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Let cool slightly and pour the soup into a blender, working in batches if necessary, and blend until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add up to 1 cup more broth and blend. Season to taste and serve with parsley, pepitas, and crusty bread.
Reference
  • Li H. Evaluation of bioactivity of butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata D.) seeds and skin. Food Sci Nutr. 2020 May 14;8(7):3252-3261. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.1602. PMID: 32724590; PMCID: PMC7382094.
Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our East Dallas Doctors, located in Lakewood at the corner of Mockingbird Ln. and Abrams Rd., are here to teach you that taking care of your mental health and getting the proper nutrients are just as important as the chiropractic adjustment to stay healthy, lower inflammation and limit pain.