In March, alternative health expert Bryce Wylde and celebrity personal trainer Brent Bishop joined a group of men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 and embarked on a 500 km ride from Havana to Trinidad and beyond, for the 2014 Cuban Revolution Cycle Charity Challenge in support of Oxfam—a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
On their incredible journey of 100 km per day, Bryce, Brent and the group of brave and energetic cyclists enjoyed breathtaking views of the Caribbean, explored historic villages and endured leg-pumping hills that ascended hundreds of feet.
Prevention Is Key to Ageless Activity
By Brent Bishop
More than 100 million North Americans suffer from joint discomfort and pain. For some people, the solution is to get active. For others, they need natural pain management to ease complaints resulting from a sports injury, wear and tear or osteoarthritis. If you have a family history of osteoarthritis and joint issues like Bryce, he notes that cycling is a much better alternative to jogging in order to avoid the impact on our joints and degenerative disease.
With prevention in mind, a healthy diet and lifestyle choices can help prevent bone and joint mobility issues which are caused by inflammation in those specific areas. This is characterized by pain, swelling, stiffness or limited range of motion. Rich in phytonutrients, the anti-inflammatory diet provides the essential guidelines for your meals and snacks to ensure you are consuming foods that will help reduce the symptoms of inflammation and immobility and will help keep you moving.
Foods That Heal:
Fatty fish, flax seeds and walnuts contain EPA and DHA, which decrease inflammatory markers in your joints, muscles and blood vessels.
Kale, spinach, broccoli and collards are Vitamin A-rich and protect the body from damaging inflammatory compounds that deteriorate bone-and-joint collagen. These healthy greens also supply Vitamin K, which directs calcium to your bones and provides vitamins and minerals that support muscle and collagen growth. Kale and spinach are also good vegetable sources of glutamine, an antioxidant that supports tissue recovery and muscle health.
Asparagus, eggs, garlic and onions help repair and rebuild bone, cartilage and connective tissue and aid in calcium absorption.
Non-acidic fruits (blueberries, pineapple), whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, soy bean products and Asian mushrooms suppress inflammation. Ginger reduces pro-inflammatory markers and the proteins that attract inflammatory products to stressed sites in your body. Free-Radical Fighters: Beet pigments contain betalain, a natural antioxidant that helps protect bone and joint collagen from inflammation and damage.
Foods That Hurt
Sugars and simple or refined carbohydrates increase C-reactive protein, the inflammatory marker in blood vessels that responds to injury. These foods increase inflammation and slow the delivery of other important nutrients to the injured site.
Here Comes the Pain
Nightshade vegetables, including peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes and Eggplant contain solanine, which may exacerbate joint pain and discomfort.
Palm, corn, rapeseed and sunflower oils are rich in omega-6 fats, which counterbalance the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3.
Fanning the Flames
Red meat contains Neu5gc, a molecule that promotes inflammation in your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system.
Brent Bishop, B. Sc. (Kinesiology) Fitness expert Brent Bishop is the owner of Think Fitness Studios, a performance-inspired conditioning centre in Toronto. Recently, he has extended his training influence through the virtual fitness platform evolvefunctionalfitness.com. A recognized lifestyle host and celebrity trainer, Brent has appeared on numerous networks across North America, including Global TV, CTV and City in Canada, plus KTLA in Los Angeles and WFLA in Tampa Bay. He is also a regular contributor to Best Health Magazine, Canadian Health & Lifestyle, Fitness Business Canada, Canadian Living and Sweat Equity. A brand ambassador for New Balance Canada, Brent uses fitness and adventure to inspire an active lifestyle.
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