What is it?
Markers of inflammation, such as Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) are useful tools to understand your bodies state of stress. Inflammation occurs in many scenarios, such as infection, cancer, poor heart health and finally, overtraining. Therefore, it is a useful tool for us in our central London and Kent clinics to understand if 1) you’re overtraining as an athlete and we need to taper off to improve your recovery and drive adaptations, 2) if your body is fit and healthy as a member of the public.
Figure 1. Examples of acute and chronic inflammation in humans.
How do we measure it?
It is measured through a venous blood sample, drawn in sterile conditions by an experienced and trained phlebotomist. Upon receipt of the sample, you’ll receive your report and follow up phone call/consultation one week later to discuss the results and plan going forwards.
What does it mean and how is it used?
If your markers of inflammation are high, and you're an athlete, it may be the case that you’re overtraining and need to taper off. Furthermore, we can periodizing your nutrition to cope with strenuous training blocks to support recovery. If your markers of inflammation are high as somebody that does not partake in heavy & regular training, we would recommend a retest 2 weeks later and a discussion around your lifestyle. If the results are similar, we would refer you in the right direction for future help.
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