Reducing inflammation to get the most out of your body!
Lately, a lot of my time and efforts has been focused on learning to optimize recovery, short term and long term. This seems to be the limiting factor for maximal growth; the faster I can recovery, the more time I spend being anabolic. Everyone knows someone who can train as hard or harder than most people, and doesn't really get sore. Chances are they have a greater capacity for growth because they can train again sooner and stimulate more new growth.
The question then becomes, how do I know what factors set these people apart and where do I find how to change these variables. For most bodybuilders, "recovery" means taking some carbs and BCAAs after a workout, eating lots of dietary protein, and we're on our way to recovery right? Well, the truth is, when trying to maximize performance, the difference between being good and great needs to be a lot more precise. Training at an elite level affects a lot more than just the obvious things that you can see or feel.
One factor that I find to be THE most important aspect of recovery is inflammation. It is absolutely essential to be aware of inflammation and do everything in your power to reduce it and keep it under control. It has been said that 60% of all human ailments and health conditions are a direct result of inflammation. Inflammation is the body's response to irritated tissue or organs. It might be from training, allergic reactions to food, sudden blunt trauma, repetitive strain on a muscle, ligament or joint, etc.
When we train we are causing damage to muscle tissue. The body naturally sees this as an "injury" and instinctive tries to protect the area. It can sometimes take days for this to go away, inhibiting our ability to move properly and of course, limiting our training potential. It makes sense then, that if I can help to speed up the healing of the inflamed tissue, I will more quickly be able to train, with less inhibition and less pain!
Most important factors in reducing inflammatory periods:
This last factor is what you're all probably waiting for. Lets stick to the basics:
1) Omega 3 fish oils
2) Proteolytic enzymes
3) Minerals (Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc are essential)
*I also use CoQ10 and greens which can aid in the elimination of accumulated inflammation.
Achy joints? Tight Muscles? Finding it takes a long time to recovery between workouts? Try the supplements above! And FYI, these simple supplements can also play a huge role in reducing heart disease or arteriosclerosis (inflamed blood vessels!)For More Information Click Here
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