Signature Montana Magazine Spring 2021

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SiG MT 87 Dawn Larson, PT: A 1998 University of Montana graduate of physical therapy, Dawn worked in outpatient hospital seings for five years before opening her own clinic. As a mother of four, she loves raising her kids, making people feel beer, devouring Chinese food and living by the saying , "A worried mother does more research then the FBI" the culprit of these symptoms, however there is a great deal of evidence that suggests food does, in fact, cause illness. Ultimately, we want to eat more anti-inflammatory foods and decrease our consumption of pro-inflammatory foods. e foods to look for that are higher in anti-inflammatory components are fiber and flavones. Dietary fiber is found in whole plant foods. Foods that have a higher fiber content are legumes such as beans, chickpeas, split peas, and lentils. Flavones are plant compounds concentrated in herbs, vegetables, and fruits. According to Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, author of How Not to Diet, the leading sources in the U.S. diet that are full of flavones are parsley, bell peppers, celery, apples, and oranges. e most flavone- filled beverage is chamomile tea. Other top suggestions are blueberries, cabbage, cherries, black tea, tomatoes, onions, and lemons. We also encourage eating fruits and vegetable that are on the EWG's (Environmental Working Group) 2021 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fieen website. It is the shopper's guide to pesticides in produce. e dirty dozen list reveals produce with high concentrations of pesticides or multiple pesticides in them. EWG's website encourages buying organic varieties that are on the dirty dozen list. e clean fieen list shows produce that has the lowest amounts of pesticide residues and encourages conventional varieties if your budget is tight. e most pro-inflammatory foods (foods that may cause inflammation) are those high in saturated fat. Saturated fat is mostly found in meat, dairy, and junk food. e seven most common foods high in saturated fat in the U.S. diet are regular cheese, pizza, grain-based desserts, dairy desserts, chicken and chicken mixed dishes, pork (sausage, franks, bacon, ribs) and burgers. Basically, eating whole, plant-based foods as a primary source for meals and limiting the saturated fat foods is greatly beneficial for most people. For those wanting to know more about their body and the foods that do not agree with them, can opt for testing or trying the elimination diet, however it is important to talk with your doctor or naturopathic practitioner to determine what is best for you. S MT

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