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Do we or Don't we want to reduce post-exercise inflammation as much & as soon as possible?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

i've been reading conflicting reports about if it'd actually healthy to take foods or supplements that reduce inflammation in the 4 hour window after exercise, due to it blunting the benefits of said exercise. some say that taking even 1g of vitamin c post exercise will blunt the benefits (because as we know, SOME inflammation is good and necessary) and that we should wait 4 hours before taking anything of the sort, including herbs such as curcumin or boswellia, or ointments such as traumeel.

i'm trying to get to a high-frequency-training point (such as ido portal practices, and other gymnasts, body artists) and i have crohn's, so inflammation is my shadow, and i do a lot to keep it down. but i dont want to hurt my training by mawing down on anti-inflammatory substances around my training window if that is the case.

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on August 30, 2012
at 03:36 AM

right, im not talking about psycho metcon 5x a week. but before my health went crazy, i danced a lot. the last few years have been miserable. i always wanted to be a movement artist, and that requires a lot of practice (but not crazy metcon work). high frequency, not necessarily high intensity.

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on August 30, 2012
at 03:34 AM

hey thx, no i didnt see that, but recently i was enamored with kelly starret's (mobilitywod) take on icing vs heat/lymphatic pumping argument.

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Thanks for posting that!

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Crossfit or too much high intensity. YOu need to have quite a bit of relax days.

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on August 29, 2012
at 09:35 PM

I'm still deciding if icing is better than just plain heat and lymphatic drainage...

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on August 29, 2012
at 09:34 PM

? Fare better compared to....?

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on August 29, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Inflammation is good during exercise, there is limited benefit to it post exercise.

This is why elite athletes will take a cold shower, then jump into an ice bath immediately after the workout.

Inflammation is effect of breaking muscle fibers. Lowered inflammation is necessary to start to repair those fibers.

Non-prescription strength drugs have limited benefit to reducing the kind of inflammation that occurs with serious training. They are better at reducing long term, chronic, low-level inflammation. I am not a botany expert, but I doubt those herbs or the vitamin C would provide benefit either (isn't in Vitamin B that has anti-inflammatory properties?)

If you are going to try to do two-a-days then I would recommend cold showers and icing.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on August 29, 2012
at 09:35 PM

I'm still deciding if icing is better than just plain heat and lymphatic drainage...

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Did you see this posted yesterday or is the timing of your question just coincidence? Here's a pretty good look at both sides, and it seems like the answer is we don't know

http://startingstrength.com/articles/misinflammation_sullivan.pdf

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on August 30, 2012
at 03:34 AM

hey thx, no i didnt see that, but recently i was enamored with kelly starret's (mobilitywod) take on icing vs heat/lymphatic pumping argument.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on August 30, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Thanks for posting that!

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 29, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I have chrohns and find I fare better with just weight lifting and some low intensity cardio like walking.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on August 29, 2012
at 09:34 PM

? Fare better compared to....?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 29, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Crossfit or too much high intensity. YOu need to have quite a bit of relax days.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on August 30, 2012
at 03:36 AM

right, im not talking about psycho metcon 5x a week. but before my health went crazy, i danced a lot. the last few years have been miserable. i always wanted to be a movement artist, and that requires a lot of practice (but not crazy metcon work). high frequency, not necessarily high intensity.

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