Hey, it’s Dr. Jake Berman!
Have you ever wondered why your muscles are so sore the day after a hard workout?
Inflammation is the swelling or bloating that causes extreme tenderness in the muscles. Every workout causes microscopic damage to muscle fibers; the inflammation process repairs this damage during the following recovery period.
A lot of people treat “inflammation” like a dirty word, but you actually NEED that process in order to repair your tissues.
The body can also produce TOO MUCH inflammation, which is why I have a few anti-inflammatory tips and tricks for you today!
For example, did you know that your DIET can cause inflammation? If your meals contain a lot of sugars or chemicals, you’re probably experiencing inflammation… and you don’t have to!!
Keep scrolling for my list of go-to anti-inflammatory foods… that you probably already have in your kitchen RIGHT NOW:
Green leafy vegetables-This is a HUGE one. The best leafy greens for an anti-inflammatory diet are spinach, kale, and swiss chard.
- Pineapple-Pineapple juice contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain. It’s a really good way to ease muscle aches!
- Omega 3-GREAT sources of omega 3 include salmon and walnuts
- Coconut Oil-What CAN’T coconut oil do!? This handy little treat is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT), which means it has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
Make sure you pick high-quality, organically-produced foods with NO chemicals or pesticides!
That’s all for this time! Stay tuned for next week’s blog!