Exercise and Inflammation

March 18, 2021

An overview on how omega 3's can help reduce exercise induced inflammation.

Can exercise cause inflammation? Is inflammation bad? Is this a problem I should be worried about for my dog? These are all valid questions. Hopefully this post can help clear up some of these questions surrounding exercise induced inflammation.

Let’s first start off by asking, what is inflammation in the first place? Inflammation is the body's reaction to a physical or pathological threat. It generally occurs when the body’s immune system is trying to protect itself and usually results in localized redness and swelling, as a result of an increase in localized blood flow. 

There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Exercise induced inflammation is a type of acute inflammation. This means that the inflammation is usually not long lasting or prolonged. Inflammation caused by exercise is usually caused by high-intensity exercise, such as sprinting or carrying/pulling heavy loads. If inflammation is prolonged, it can result in muscle fatigue or joint pain. 

A man on a cross-country style mountain bike riding behind his dog that is jumping over a pile of logs in the forest

Fortunately, some of the best ways to reduce inflammation is with food! We all love to feed our dogs so what better way to stifle inflammation than through a healthy treat!

  1. Omega 3 fatty acid sources. You may have heard of omega 3’s and for good reason! Found in many fish, marine, seed and nut sources, omega 3’s have many supporting studies proving their ability to reduce inflammation.
  2. Antioxidant sources. Antioxidants fight against free radicals, the culprit responsible for inflammation. There are many different foods that contain antioxidants which just a few being: leafy vegetables, berries, carrots, hemp hearts, and some spices.

Here at Kabo, we have designed our Monch Bars to include omega 3 and antioxidant ingredients like salmon, flax seed, hemp hearts, and turmeric. This means that they expertly crafted to help combat any inflammation generated during exercise and adventures with your pup!

Ultimately, exercise induced inflammation is not a life threatening condition and is inevitable with any type of high intensity movement. Fortunately, there are some food sources that can reduce inflammation so that your dog can keep moving and grooving!


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