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Achieving balance with Exercise and Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal response for the human body to certain stressor and at times, it can be a good thing. But when acute inflammation becomes chronic, we begin to have problems. Chronic inflammation can be low-grade, slowly damaging your tissues over time. Sometimes this can go on for years and we may not even notice until a disease sets in.

Chronic inflammation can be the result of some underlying problem that your body is trying to fight off, or an over-reactive immune system. Many of these problems stem from an unhealthy or inflammatory diet and a lack of exercise. It can become a cycle, because when people don’t feel well, we tend to avoid exertion and exercise, which worsens the condition. While diet accounts from about 80% of the benefits from a healthy lifestyle, physical activity is a major component of that healthy lifestyle.

Exercise can trigger the release of special proteins from the muscles which are known to fight inflammation. A bad diet can sabotage this. You can’t out exercise a bad diet, and that’s the bottom line. Because exercise in general can cause inflammation, it can seem confusing. How can it reduce inflammation while causing it?

While bouts of exercise can produce acute inflammation, when it’s done regularly and long term, it can reduce chronic inflammation. But acute inflammation can become chronic, so recovery is essential. That means that intense exercise should always be followed by healthy nutrition and rest days.

Hard workouts with very little time off will trigger that inflammatory cycle. Lots of us learn this the hard way, unfortunately.

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