Inflammation. It seems like such an innocent word, yet it is filled with pains, aches, and woes in all of us. Increased muscle soreness, joint pain, diseases, cancers, digestive issues, depression, emotional imbalances, autoimmune diseases- these are just some of the few human ailments that are linked with increased inflammation in the body. I am not saying that inflammation is always a bad thing to have. Actually, it is part of the natural healing process of the body and it is an essential part of healing from injuries, surgeries, and traumas. In acute healing phases, inflammation is a good thing. It helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. My real issue here is when talking about chronic inflammation. That is when the body starts to break down, wear down, and lose it’s functioning efficiency. When you are trying to be a badass in your workouts, this is going to really set you back, right? You bet your badass it will. Click the title link above to read more!