Sidelined By Inflammation?
Those of us that train at a high level may have come across inflammation in areas that cause us to stop training for a while. This sucks for the most part but you have to repair, recover and regenerate. Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection or self-healing. It fights off and removes harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants or pathogens and begins the healing process. When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it, the signs and symptoms of inflammation, specifically acute inflammation, show that the body is trying to heal itself. Inflammation does not mean infection, even when an infection causes inflammation. Infection is caused by a bacterium, virus or fungus, while inflammation is the body’s response to it. The main thing we need to do is take time off and rest the area that is effected. If we fight the pain and continue to train and not let our body repair itself it can lead to a longer recovery phase or even can cause muscle tear. The time of recover can very from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Some herbs to help aid: harpagophytum procumbers, ginger and turmeric. Other treatments for inflammation include applying ice to the area, fish oil (omega-3), green tea, tart cherries, and adding as many fresh foods as possible to your diet. Eat an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose green and brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, chard, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, carrots and squash. Eat lean protein such as poultry and fish like salmon which offers protein and a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Then keep in mind to drink plenty of water this will help flush out the inflammation. A couple different pills you can add to help speed up the process are Glucosamine / MSM which maintains healthy joints and connective tissue and Arnica Montana which helps with bruising and muscle soreness.