How to Fight Inflammation
Want to live a healthier lifestyle?
The possibilities are endless. Now, more than ever, we are all unapologetically committed to living our best lives. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all for vanity’s sake. Sure, we all want to look our best but we also want to live long and prosper with as few health problems as possible. With our diets constantly changing and our physical activity increasing, are we leaving room for a silent health condition with loud ramifications?
We’re talking about inflammation, that nagging, uncomfortable, and odd signal from our body that something is off. We’ve all been there. After a hard workout or a new healthy meal outing, you spend days with a “food baby” or an unexpected swollen ankle. But why?
Well, first things first, inflammation is not always a bad thing. Whenever the body is inflamed, it’s because it felt the need to protect you. Inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response, it reacts by sending you a sign that you can’t ignore. It can tell you what to bring to your doctor’s attention, initiate the healing process of an injury or tell you what to eliminate from your diet. This is referred to as acute inflammation. The true cause for concern is inflammation that is consistent or reoccurring. If the body is constantly triggered, it soon stops working to heal and begins to do damage. Though acute inflammation isn’t a true reason to page your general practitioner, it’s still an inconvenience. So, here a few ways to silence the swell and beat the bulge.
Diet. What we put inside of our bodies always shows up on the outside in one way or another. Avoiding dairy, processed sugars (high fructose corn syrup), and high levels of salt (yes, even sea salt—pink or any other color!) can make a world of a difference. In addition, getting a test to determine what foods you’re allergic too can be extremely beneficial as well.. Adding pre/probiotic foods, vitamin-K rich leafy greens, raw Manuka honey, and garlic can give your body a much-needed relief from inflammation.
Hydration. Ultimately, water is just the tip of the iceberg on hydrating the body well enough to keep it from feeling famished and reacting with swollen joints. Try upping your liquid intake with one of our IV Therapy options after your next workout, you’ll recover quicker, feel more energized, and look refreshed.
Reduce Stress. Elevated cortisol levels do a real number on the body especially in the digestive tract. Stress has been named a culprit in gut issues like IBS and Candida, and has maintained its role in hindering proper healing of bodily injuries. In short, nothing good comes from housing tension in our temples. Be sure to include stress-relieving activities like yoga, meditation, and massages to your weekly schedule. Even better, REME can bring a massage straight to your front door, what could be less stressful than that?
– The REME Team