Summertime activities are in full swing at our house! My family has had its share of hip, knee and back injuries as the result of our children’s participation in soccer and lacrosse, and even I had to manage a few aches and pains after a day of windsurfing on Lake Michigan.
Because inflammation is the potential side effect of any type of physical activity, it’s important to know what it means when the body is “speaking” the language of pain. Acute or chronic pain is a condition that strikes an estimated 20 percent of the world’s population. In the United States, the estimate is closer to 25 percent – 1 in 4 people! While there are different types of inflammation, in this article my focus is pain-based inflammation caused by traumas, injuries or accidents.
When tissues are damaged and white blood cells flood to the site of the injury, the body immediately responds by producing a large amount of a chemical compound called prostaglandins. There are two types – some produce inflammation and others lessen it. Prostaglandins that produce inflammation are the body’s front line of injury defense –they minimize destruction by producing pain.
It may be hard to believe, but having pain is beneficial! If an injury didn’t inflame (swell, limit mobility or react in pain) you’d potentially cause more damage. It’s the body’s way of saying “stop and take care of me,” and pain is the way it gets you to pay attention.
You may be surprised to learn that you can contribute to the body’s ability to prevent or successfully manage pain-based inflammation by staying hydrated, including lots of green smoothies and green veggies in your diet, and making sure you’re taking enough Omega-3 fatty acids. That’s right: fish oils are as important as Ace bandages and band aids when it comes to healing injuries.
Research shows that consuming fish oils rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best ways to establish and maintain a healthy balance of prostaglandins. It’s also one of the best ways to manage the inflammation of both acute and chronic pain. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have been proven to shift the balance from those inflammation-producing prostaglandins to those that decrease it. As a matter of fact, Omega-3s have the demonstrated ability to reduce laboratory markers for inflammation and also decrease symptoms of pain associated with arthritis and bursitis.
Certain fish, such as salmon and other cold-water fish, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. While consuming these foods is the preferred method for increasing your intake of this essential fatty acid, you’d have to eat a significant amount of fish every day in order to get the recommended three grams (3g) dosage recommended for controlling pain-based inflammation. And what if you don’t care for fish? You’re out of luck when it comes to getting Omega 3s from your diet!
Make sure you’re taking the RIGHT fish oil
That’s why we created PureBalance Fish oil. Our fish oil is not only an optimal source of Omega 3s, the quality and purity is guaranteed because it’s a natural, triglyceride form of fish oil that contains stabilizing antioxidants that ensure it is lipid peroxide-free. Lipid peroxide is actually a causative factor for heart disease AND it is a byproduct found in cheaply produced fish oils and inferior Omega-3 products. In other words, taking cheap fish oil can actually cause cardiovascular stress, not prevent it! Our product is 3rd party tested to assure it is lipid peroxide free.
You can prevent or limit the effects of inflammation now by making sure that PureBalance Fish oil is part of your daily supplement regimen. But in the event of an injury, grab the PureBalance Fish oil from your First Aid kit and increase your daily intake to 6 capsules per dosage to help expedite the body’s healing response to trauma.
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Take the Fish Oil Taste Test
Take out a capsule of your current brand of fish oil and take a bite. Keep in mind some people don’t like the texture of oil, no matter what. But finding out whether your fish oil is SAFE is important. If your fish oil capsule tastes like rotten fish, spit it out and immediately throw it away! It is rancid and loaded with lipid peroxide molecules that are detrimental to your health! Research shows you may be doing your body more harm than good! To make sure you’re getting the purest and safest form of fish oil, stick with PureBalance . **Please use the product discount code JULY10**