What do you think? Do you use heat?…Ice?…Some other home remedy passed down in your family for generations…?
Below is some information on what are the best practices to treat inflammation when it first flairs up.
You may be experiencing inflammation due to strenuous workouts while your muscles are healing – this is a good reason to learn how best to treat it, improve your recovery time & get back into training. Which in time will increase the results you get from your workouts.
The Best Treatment….
The experts have weighed in & when dealing with muscle inflammation directly after a strenuous workout the best treatment is: ICE.
Especially after completing exercises that cause damage to muscles such as eccentric-enhanced lifting or plyometrics.
A recent study found that using cold bath water at 50°F for 15 minutes helps to restore maximal strength as it helps to reduce the swelling of damaged muscles & facilitate muscle repair.
I herb it through the grapevine…
What you ingest will affect you from the inside out. Some herbs & spices are seriously effective at reducing & managing inflammation:
You can add these to meals or supplement some of them directly. More about this in another article. For now think about getting more of the ones you are familiar with or trying to add a new one into your diet on a regular basis.
Long Term Inflammation…
It is important to check that inflammation is not an ongoing problem caused by any other more serious factors.
According to the Poliquin Article: 12 Tips to Fight Inflammation there are some basic reasons behind inflammation including:
- Fat Gain
- Accelerated aging
- Stomach problems
The biggest worry when suffering from chronic inflammation? It can actually shorten your life!
If you are suffering from inflammation on a daily basis – & not just after workouts it is important to see your doctor right away & determine if there are other measures you need to take.
If you experience inflammation only after workouts – just remember the famous words of M.C. Hammer:
“Ice, Ice Baby!”
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