Curcumin, ginger, fish oil, glucosamine, CBD and on and on and on and on.
These are just a handful of the options that people have to choose from to reduce inflammation in their bodies.
But here's the not-so-sexy truth: When it comes to inflammation, it's wayyyyyyyy more about what you take out, then what you put in.
Sure, these supplements will help, but if your diet is crap on top of crap with a side of crap then it's like pissing on a brush fire in 100 mph winds.
Trust me, I wish the opposite were true, but once again, there ain't no magic pill.
Bummer, I know.
Especially for a guy like me that hates to to take away foods from my clients and athletes.
I want them to have fun, be balanced and live life.
But there comes a time when those treat foods actually start zapping away at our quality of life by initiating a cascade of inflammation that can cause everything from joint pain, to GI disorders to autoimmune diseases.
So, I'm going to make one sweeping suggestion to help bring down inflammation and that is to bring down carbs.
As humans, we can survive and thrive of zero to little carbs (less than 50g per day). In fact, a vast majority of the carbs we have access to these days cause way more harm than good.
Some examples are: flour, rice, corn, bread, pasta, cereal, alcohol, sugar in all forms and excessive amounts of fruit.
The dumbed down reason why is because many of these foods have compounds in them that drive inflammation and they also spike insulin which also drives inflammation!
These are the main reasons why many people lose so much weight and feel so much better when they try a low-carb or ketogenic style diet.
So, there you go. One suggestion that could change your life. Just make sure you do it slowly over the course of a couple months to let your body adjust.
I like Mark Sisson's recommendation of reducing your carbs to 150g per day and then reducing by 50g every two weeks until you are under 50g.
Give it a shot and let me know the results.