Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle & Foods
Inflammation can wreak havoc on the body making activities of daily living nearly impossible, let alone maintaining a workout regiment. Inflammation can be caused by common ailments including arthritis, chronic illness or autoimmune diseases to list a few and believe it or not the lack of exercise and poor diet can also create inflammation in the body.
Proper diet and exercise can help negate inflammation responses in our bodies and assist in the proper recovery and maintenance of everyday bodily processes. It is common to think that exercise can actually harm our joints and should be avoided if you have arthritis or joint inflammation, but research is concluding just opposite. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic strongly concluded that light exercise can help ease joint pain and stiffness.
Diet is also an important variable in reducing inflammation in the body. First, it is important to avoid foods that cause inflammation. Foods including processed foods, refined grains, red meat, fried foods and dairy can create an inflammatory response and should be avoided or eaten in moderation. On the other hand there are a variety of foods that can actually reduce inflammation related to chronic pain, illness or exercise. These foods contain powerful antioxidants and polyphenols that protect and rebuild damaged cells.
Blueberries - anthocyanins
Tart cherry juice
Dark green leafy vegetables