Chances are you’ve probably taken an anti-inflammatory drug, like aspirin, to help you feel better when pain strikes.

    But have you ever considered a more natural approach to reducing pain and other ailments by practicing an anti-inflammatory diet along with any medication prescribed by your provider? Proponents of the anti-inflammatory diet say it can reduce heart disease risk, keep existing cardiac problems in check, reduce blood triglycerides and blood pressure, and soothe tender and stiff arthritic joints.

    Inflammation is a natural process that helps your body heal and defend itself from harm. But too much inflammation can lead to chronic inflammation that can last for a long time and may lead to various health problems. Research shows that following an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce inflammation and improve your overall health.
The following are reported as benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet:

    • Decreased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer and other diseases.

    • Reduction in inflammatory markers in the blood.

    • Better blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

    • Improvement in energy and mood.

    If you’d like to learn more about adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, attend RiverView Health’s Thursday, March 29th health luncheon, “Improve Your Health with an Anti-Inflammatory Diet’’. RiverView Dietitian Darcey Larsen, RD LD, will present on the topic and share what to eat and what to avoid on an anti-inflammatory diet.

Luncheon Details

    The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators on first floor.

    The luncheon series is in its 20th year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend.

    Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.