I was recently a guest on a health podcast, which got me thinking about ways to prepare for what I call “Seminar Season.”
If you’re on any kind of work circuit – trade shows or seminars, etc. - then you know what I’m talking about …
The normal wear and tear of business travel intensified for a short period of time.
For your body, this typically means less sleep and recuperation plus increased stress and inflammation from a few common sources …
1. Travelling a lot
2. Talking all day and night
3. Dealing with a LOT of people - in person,
4. Experiencing high cognitive demands
5. Exposure to all kinds of different pathogens and stressors.
All these things can cause inflammation in your body.
Once, I realized this was a “thing,” I poured over my old notes and came up with a short DIY guide to help prepare for this inevitable run each year …
I call it my “Curious Collection of ‘Anti-Inflammatory Things’” … here goes:
They’re my favorite, proven ways to reduce inflammation … so if you feel like a working-class “stiff” and need more energy and mental clarity - this Top 5 is for you!
Generating electricity from mechanical force is called “piezo electricity” …
A common demonstration of this is squeezing a quartz crystal between a pair of pliers.
The mechanical stress causes electrical current to be generated.
With me so far? Good … now let’s talk about how this relates to your body …
Your fascia can generate electricity from movement, which reduces inflammation.
It’s like this:
The free radicals produced by inflammatory cytokines are “electron stealers” – they steal electrons healthy cells are using for energy; this cell-damaging process causes inflammation.
On the other hand, antioxidants are “electron donors” – they donate electrons to the stealers, reducing inflammation and harm to your cells.
To induce this antioxidant effect in your body, you can take various supplements and eat some fresh, electron-rich foods like berries …
Or try another, simpler way: Move!
You can use your own body to produce antioxidants directly.
Just moving around creates electricity, or spare electrons, which directly act as antioxidants in your body, reducing inflammation.
This is one of the primary benefits of exercise, and why you feel so good after working out.
Thing is, it doesn’t have to be a hard workout.
Walking works … even standing up from your chair and stretching after you’ve been sitting a long time works.
Whole body movement-based systems work well because they generate more electricity than inflammation in relation to the work being done.
Think yoga, or activities where you move your body around in 3-D space a lot.
Yoga’s emphasis on whole-body movement slides, stretches and compresses fascia, bringing down inflammation.
So, you see … Movement really is medicine!
Whatever you do, get up and go do it … you’ll start feeling better almost instantly.
Just remember to go at your own pace – don’t do too much too fast – and be sure to drink plenty of the right kind of water.
And try to get the amount of sleep your body needs to repair itself each night – whenever and wherever you can – when working and travelling a lot, it’s never easy, I know.
For more information on your fascia and water, check out the book “Quench” by Gina Bria. It has some cutting-edge info as well as a ton of fascial micromovements you can do throughout the day.
Tune in next time for the next “Anti-inflammatory Thing #2” up my sleeve …
Til then … To Better Health, Theo