Natural Anti-Inflammatories

Ever completed a really hard run or training session and wake up the next day all stiff and sore? There are a few reasons as to why you might feel like this and one possibility is inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response in the body that is designed to help repair tissues after exposure to exercise e.g running. However, there are times when inflammation can become chronic. Usually this correlates with pain in a particular body region or joint, difficulty and reluctance to use the associated part, an altered biomechanical pattern and if really bad, periods of forced cross training and rest.

When working with runners and athletes we are exposed to cases of both acute and chronic inflammation. At times we hear our athletes have tried using a form of “anti-inflammatory” medication. However, what if you could be adding certain elements to your diet that act as a natural modulator of the inflammatory process as well as boosting the flavour of your meal?

The answer is herbs and spices! For some time it has been said that some spices act in the same way as the pharmaceutical agents. However, when coming to choosing the right ones we at the stride thought we should kindly share a few that present on our “to eat more of” list:

  1. cloves
  2. ginger
  3. rosemary
  4. turmeric
  5. marjoram

The only thing that now remains is how to incorporate these spices into your day to day meals. Do keep in mind that although you may increase your uptake of these herbs and spices, it is important to remember that certain foods such as refined sugars are pro-inflammatory in nature and potentially reduce the degree of mediation. Furthermore, these recommendations are also to be consumed in moderation and should not substitute any prescribed medication issued by your treating physician.

Stride on!

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