Runners are no strangers to pain. Some runners might even enjoy it (to an extent). There’s nothing like the feeling of pushing your body to it’s limits and realizing just how much you’re capable of.
But all of that pushing can lead to serious wear and tear. Even if you’re a casual jogger, the repetitive impact of running can cause both short- and long-term injuries and chronic inflammation.
One common problem that serious runners face is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that runs along the underside of the foot, protecting the bones in your feet and making it easier to walk without feeling pain at every impact. Put another way, the plantar fascia is an important ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone.
Running can cause the plantar fascia to strain, leading to an inflammatory response. This is called plantar fasciitis. It is the most common cause of heal pain and can make it extremely painful to put weight on your feet, especially after a period of rest. Plantar fasciitis pain is usually most pronounced during your first steps in the morning or after sitting down for a long period.
The treatment on plantar fasciitis should begin with rest, ice, and throwing out any shoes that don’t properly support your feet. You can also wear night splints and do stretches to help the plantar fascia heal itself.
But if you want to keep up your running routine, plantar fasciitis might become a regular problem. That could mean popping pain meds on a daily basis, which only covers up the condition temporarily.
A better long-term approach that can help you reduce the inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis is to start taking a daily dose of curcumin.
Curcumin is the active compound in the spice turmeric. Over multiple decades, numerous studies on curcumin have shown that it is likely an effective natural therapy for reducing chronic inflammation. It has also been shown to have anti-oxidant properties, and it could help fight diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
Curcumin anti-inflammation properties can be very useful for runners. Joint pain and plantar fasciitis are both made worse by chronic inflammation. By disrupting the inflammatory process, curcumin may help runners feel rejuvenated without relying on pain medications.
Getting curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits is simple. You can eat foods that are spiced with turmeric and black pepper, such as curries. (The active compound in black pepper – piperine – helps drastically increase your body’s ability to absorb curcumin.) Or, if you don’t want to eat curry every day, you can simply drink ZYN.
Every bottle of ZYN has your daily dose of curcumin paired with absorption-boosting piperine. Drinking a bottle after your next run will help you feel rejuvenated and could help your body fight chronic inflammation. Learn more about the health benefits of curcumin here.
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