Inflammatory Lab Markers
By Dr Marc Bubbs ND, CSCS, ART
Laboratory markers for inflammation serve as a valuable tool for assessing the degree of inflammation in active people and those trying to lose weight. If you are regularly active and have chronic or nagging injuries than assessing the degree of inflammation is very important. If you are carrying a few extra pounds than getting assessed is also very important, as weight gain will promote inflammation and subsequently impact your overall health.
Getting lab tests done takes the guesswork out of wondering if your current diet, exercise, and supplement protocol is working for you. One of the principle markers for systemic inflammation is called C-reactive protein (CRP). A recent study by Harvard Medical School showed a strong relationship between consuming high-glycemic carbs – white bread, cereal, baked goods – and elevated CRP levels.1 It is not surprising that subjects in the study who consumed diets high in refined sugars and processed carbohydrates also had greater systemic inflammation! By avoiding or limiting processed and sugary foods that excessively spike insulin levels, you will be able to control the inflammatory response. Athletes with high CRP levels tend to suffer from nagging injuries and poor recovery time.
Whether you are suffering from recurring injuries or trying to improve your health, getting your CRP levels measured is an important first step. Ask your doctor or contact us at NSM and learn how you can get tested. Stay tuned next month when we discuss how to get started on your very own ‘anti-inflammatory’ diet!References
1) Richard D et al. Determinants of brown adipocyte development and thermogenesis. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Dec;34 Suppl 2:s59-66. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2010.241.
Dr. Marc Bubbs N.D. has been working with athletes and active people for almost a decade. As a Naturopathic Doctor and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Marc focuses on the integration of health and exercise, believing that movement is the best medicine. He focuses on a holistic approach, using a combination of traditional Eastern and cutting-edge Western medicine to meet his client’s health and performance goals. To book an appointment with Dr. Bubbs, please contact the Integrative Health Institute at 416 260 6038.