You hear the word “inflammation” quite frequently, but what does it mean and what does it do? Inflammation is a stress response in the body do to a disease or injury. The markers of inflammation are heat, redness, pain, and lack of mobility. Acute inflammation is something that can occur with exercise, and it is not detrimental to your health. When your muscles become sore with the breakdown that occurs in exercise, your body triggers the inflammation response to expedite healing. This process actually increases the metabolism and lasts for a short time.
Chronic inflammation is the nasty culprate. It stays around with hardly any symptoms, but is silently slowing your metabolism and decreasing your immunity to disease. Check out this well researched article on inflammation from Precision Nutrition: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/research-review-inflammation-exercise.
For our clients at Xcel Performance, our goal is to decrease inflammation first and foremost. We do this through exercise, as the article suggest, but also with our supplement line, Univera. The Univera product packs are specifically designed to reduce inflammation and improve the body’s ability to health and ramp up the metabolism. We believe everyone deserves to feel pain free and avoid sick days.