How to Fight Inflammation
Avocado gluten-free toast. Dairy-free matcha lattes. Yoga with a side of outdoor hiking. Ballet barre hip hop cardio Pilates. Want to live a healthier lifestyle? The possibilities are endless. Now, more than ever, we are all unapologetically committed to living our best lives. And 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. But 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. Yep, that nagging, uncomfortable and oft-embarrassing 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 because it felt the need to protect you. And because 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 most times referred to as acute inflammation, or, you know, like, just every once in a while. 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. Sort of like, the little boy who cried wolf. Inevitably, the townspeople (your body’s natural defenses) think it’s a false alarm and the wolf gets a free lunch. Though acute inflammation isn’t a true reason to page your general practitioner 9-1-1, it’s still an inconvenience. So, here a few ways to silence the swell and beat the bulge.
Diet. As with almost every body disruption, what we put inside of us shows up outside in one way or another. Avoiding dairy, processed sugars (aka high fructose corn syrup), high levels of salt (yes, even sea salt—pink or any other color!), nuts and mixtures of certain vegetables can make a world of difference. In addition, getting a test to determine what foods you’re allergic too can be a huge help. Allergies develop over time in different people and something that you once ate with no issues can now be causing your gut to do double duty on digestion. Adversely, adding pre/probiotic foods, vitamin-K rich leafy greens, raw Manuka honey (also does wonders for the face—thank us later) and garlic can give your body a much-needed relief from inflammation.
Hydration. Seriously, do we not tell you that water is the answer to all of your concerns every time we chat? It is. But 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