Inflammation within your body is not what you want or need.
It is being branded the silent killer, as it often builds up within your body over a number of years without any tell-tale signs, if it is given the chance.
Inflammation is linked to almost every disease known to man. Cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer, to name a few. It is also connected to obesity and fat gain. Having chronic inflammation levels can shorten your lifespan and cause you pain throughout your daily life.
Inflammation can be caused by many different things. Bad nutritional choices, high sugar diets, fast food, microwave meals, smoking and excess alcohol consumption can all increase the amount of inflammation within your body.
Having elevated stress levels and cortisol levels (stress hormone) and a lack of exercise can also promote inflammation.
With this in mind, there are several things you can start doing to reduce inflammation.
First of all you will want to rid your diet of any kind of trans fats. Trans fats are those which interfere with your body's ability to process natural fats (which are good for you and also help to lower inflammation).
Trans fats will be found in: Processed foods and take-away meals.
To reduce the amount of trans fats in your diet, start cooking your own food, preparing everything that enters your mouth from scratch - if you don't do this already.
Eat more fish
Failing that, invest in some high quality pharmaceutical grade omega 3 fish oil.
Fish oil will help to reduce inflammation as it has strong anti inflammatory affects when used consistently.
Be aware that you get what you pay for with supplements, and taking a cheap fish oil (which may contain impurities and toxins) may make things worse.
The DVCC has produced its own optimised fish oil, so that our clients need not worry about finding the best quality fish oil, we have brought it to them :)
Start training with resistance. There have been many studies which show that resistance training is very effective for reducing inflammation.
Eat berries, particularly the blue, red and purple types. They are very low in sugar and have a low glycemic index, which allows a slow release of sugar into the bloodstream and therefore will not impact on your fat loss and muscle tone results.
These berries contain many different antioxidants, help to reduce inflammation and can also help to discourage the enzymes which cause arthritis.