Inflammation And Why It Is Ruining Your Gains (with Infographic)

Inflammation And Why It Is Ruining Your Gains (with Infographic)

What is inflammation anyway and why does it happen?

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to cellular trauma or pathogens. It initiates the healing and recovery processes, and it is absolutely crucial for building muscle mass.

How it works in simple words:

  1. Exercising (stretching and contracting muscles) causes microtrauma tears in muscle tissue that cannot be seen or felt (1)
  2. Muscle tissue that has been torn is found by the immune system and triggers the inflammatory response (2)
  3. The inflammatory response stimulates the immune system to come clean up the damaged cells, prevent infection, and prepare the body to return to homeostasis. This part of the process can take 24-48 hours. (3)
  4. This inflammatory response triggers the release of myokines, which are responsible for the anti-inflammatory response, that are responsible for promoting the growth of new tissue, tissue repair, and aiding in the anti-inflammatory response. This stimulates new tissue development that has been studied to last up to 72 hours following exercise. (4)
  5. The body responds to this whole event by overcompensating, replacing the damaged tissue and adding more, so that the risk of repeat damage is reduced. Resulting in more muscle mass than was there previously.

Build the Body You’ve Always Wanted

Build the Body You’ve Always Wanted

Did you know your body will adapt to poor nutrition and fitness by developing disease, pain and accelerated aging? But just as quickly as your body reacts to an unhealthy lifestyle, it will also reverse these symptoms through proper diet and fitness. The starting point is knowing what changes to make and how to get help making them.

This is where Coach Jesse comes in. Jesse has always been fascinated with the science of how our bodies change for better or worse, and he uses his passion and education in the field to improve people’s lives.

Seawall Etiquette 101 - A Rant From A Runner

Seawall Etiquette 101 - A Rant From A Runner

I love jogging the seawall around Stanley Park and False Creek, here in Vancouver. Being able to run beside the ocean is one of my favourite things to do in the entire world. However, some days there are more people out walking, jogging, roller blading or cycling than other days and it gets congested. It doesn't take much to see that all of humanity breaks down when we are out strolling on the sea wall. So to save us all from bruising from continuous face palms, we all need to tune up our common sense when it comes to sharing the space so we can all live in peace.

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

A Harvard evolutionary biologist presents an engaging discussion of how the human body has evolved over millions of years, examining how an increasing disparity between the needs of Stone Age bodies and the realities of the modern world are fuelling a paradox of greater longevity and chronic disease.

 

Eat your iron... before you pump it!

Eat your iron... before you pump it!

Iron is one of the oldest and most well-known micronutrients. Iron is the key element in the metabolism of almost every living organism on the planet. In the human body, iron is a key ingredient of hundreds of proteins and important enzymes. It has many vital functions in the body, including oxygen transport and storage, electron transport, energy metabolism, acting as an anti-oxidant, as well as DNA synthesis.