BY KYLE KNOBLOCH
Not all inflammation is necessarily a bad thing. In fact, our bodies need it to recover from injury or illness, and even from our workouts. If short-lived, inflammation is a positive part of the immune response that makes us stronger.
However, anyone who has suffered from chronic inflammation knows just how miserable it can be. Your joints constantly ache, your mind feels fuzzy and you feel as though you cannot function normally. This often leads to the ingestion of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, for a temporary fix. Stress, along with poor lifestyle habits contribute to this chronic inflammation.
Limiting the consumption of dairy, wheat, added sugars and alcohol will exhibit an immediate relief of inflammation. Some foods that help fight inflammation include ginger, dark berries, cruciferous vegetables and fish. Additionally, practicing time-restricted eating as well as meditation or yoga has been shown to be great in the reduction of stress. Preventing or reducing chronic inflammation is crucial in avoiding many diseases and staying healthy!
Kyle Knobloch is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. To learn more, visit razorsharp-fit.com/meet-fitness-trainers.