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Fighting Inflammation with Food

Adventist Health Health and Wellness

Diet choices can affect inflammation and joint painArthritis is the leading cause for orthopedic surgery and disability in the U.S., and it's linked to chronic inflammation in the body, a condition affecting millions of Americans. Over one in five adults in Multnomah County are living with arthritis.

Inflammation happens when tissues get damaged by bacteria, toxins or other causes. The damaged cells release chemicals that leak into the tissue and cause swelling. Inflammation is your immune system's effort to contain the foreign substance from coming in contact with other tissues.

Adventist Health's Aspire Orthopedic Institute in Portland offers comprehensive patient care for people living with arthritis and joint pain affecting their hips, knees, feet, ankles and back.

"Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet on a regular basis can help combat inflammation, arthritis and other diseases," says Dr. Adam Baker, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle health at Adventist Health's Aspire Orthopedic Institute.

"I encourage my patients suffering from arthritis and other joint problems to make diet and lifestyle changes first to see if those help reduce their inflammation," adds Dr. Baker.

Adding these foods to your diet can help reduce inflammation and curb arthritis:

  • Fruits and Vegetables - Whole fruits, berries and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, as well as antioxidants and phytochemicals that help reduce inflammation.
  • Low-fat Dairy - Dairy products provide essential nutrients to help fight inflammation.
  • Whole Grains - Whole grains possess more fiber and less sugar than refined grains. Healthier grains can reduce levels of certain proteins found in the blood that rise when responding to inflammation.
  • Nuts - Nuts are naturally full of antioxidants that prepare the body to combat and repair damage caused by inflammation. Studies show that introducing nuts into a healthy diet (along with leafy greens, whole grains and fruits) can reduce inflammation in as little as six weeks.
  • Soy - Soy products contain estrogen-like compounds that lower inflammation levels in women.

Foods to Fight Inflammation – FREE Class

September 15, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Adventist Medical Center

Presented by Irene Franklin, Registered Dietician, this free "Foods to Fight Inflammation" community class through Adventist Health will teach people about eating well and different foods that help fight bodily inflammation.

Seating is limited and this informational class will fill up quickly.

Register online or call (503) 256-4000.