Is your body on fire right now?
And I don’t mean in a sexy way – like you’re looking hot.
Or you’ve been super successful at something…
I mean, like your joints feel inflamed.
The reason I ask is because last night I saw a Denzel movie on Netflix called, “Flight”. I won’t ruin it for you….it was long but well worth it.
And this got me thinking about another Denzel movie called “Man on Fire”.
Check out these questions to see if your body is on fire…or inflamed.
Check how many you respond yes to.
- Do you feel stiff when you get up from sitting?
- Are any of your joints sore when you fully move them?
- Do your hands feel stiff?
- Do any of your joints feel swollen?
- Do you have unexplained nasal congestion?
Which foods trigger inflammation?
The standard western diet is full of inflammatory foods because it’s rich in mega-processed foods and red meat, and low in fruits and vegetables.
Look, I’m not telling you to go Vegan – I tried it a year or so back, and while I try to stick to vegan for 75% of my diet, I do now eat some meat.
But when I was vegan for about 18 months, I honestly experienced some amazing benefits, like:
- I needed LESS sleep – I often woke up earlier than I would on a regular diet, and I woke up really fresh.
- Plus, I didn’t have the usual brain fog and tiredness in the early afternoons.
- My body felt completely loose, flexible – it’s really hard to explain, but it felt great!
- My skin cleared up – so many people commented how “radiant” my skin looked.
- My poops and farts were suddenly odourless.
- How was my gym performance? I’d say for the first 30 minutes I had much more energy, but it did tail off a bit after 30 minutes.
- Plus, of course, I lost weight.
I would strongly recommend trying vegan for 3 to 6 months, just so you can feel the benefits for yourself.
But if you don’t want to try Vegan, then at least try cutting out some of the ‘danger’ foods that could be causing your inflammation.
Like corn chips. You can’t buy corn and go home and convert it into corn chips. There are a lot of chemicals and extra stuff that go into it. A quick way to recognize mega-processed foods is to read the ingredients and see if you can pronounce what’s in them.
The stuff you can’t pronounce is what can promote inflammation.
Processed foods drive your inflammation
All processed foods can cause inflammation. They alter the bacteria that live in your gut. Plus, this alteration has the ability to interact with your immune system and eventually trigger it in a way that leads to chronic inflammation.
Also, fried foods, soaked in oil with Omega 6 fatty acids, can be very inflammatory.
And sugary soda often causes inflammation because of the effects on your insulin levels.
Do you need to reduce inflammation?
Most people who need to reduce their inflammation probably already have a disease to go along with it. Identifying low levels of chronic inflammation is an area of ongoing research because we don’t yet know how to test for it and identify it in clinical practice.
You can see things like redness, swelling and pain associated with inflammation, but you can’t detect it on a CT scan.
Plus, there isn’t a regular test you can get that tells you how much inflammation you have in your body.
Starting your anti-inflammatory lifestyle
Try starting with getting a solid 8-9 hours of sleep every night. If you can’t do that, for whatever reason, can you at least try getting ONE extra night’s sleep for 14 straight days?
Then report back, and I bet you feel a ton better for it.
And of course, your exercise routine (or lack of it) is one of the biggest helpers for avoiding inflammation.
Check out this bodyweight program if you haven’t already:
Click here>> GTW Bodyweight Workouts.
If you’d like more information on how to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, then…
Keep training hard (mentally & physically),
Greg ‘Take No Prisoners’ Noland
CEO & Founder
Grey Top Warriors
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