Why I Feel 105 Years Old When I Wake Up
First thing in the morning can be the worst time of day for stiffness, soreness, and inflammation. Sure, some of it can be attributed to what you did the day before: a tough workout, a ton of yard work, a long run or bike. When the body builds up acidity, like the byproduct of lactic acid, we get soreness in the muscles and tissues associated with that work. This is a good thing because it shows that the work you did was intense enough to cause a reaction in your body. When you work hard enough to get this reaction, you are forcing growth hormone to rise and repair tissue, in turn metabolism increases and we see the cycle of fitness and reverse-aging begin. That said, there are some tips I have that can help you not wake up feeling like you are 105 years old and having every joint and muscle feel stiff.
The reason you feel stiff first thing in the morning is because movement is the best tool we have to clear acidity and inflammation, so it makes sense that we are more sore after not moving for 6-8 hours while we sleep. Any movement starts to fire up the lymphatic system which will be the primary aid in clearing this stiffness and inflammation.
Tip #1: Adopt a mobility practice before you go to bed each night for 10-15 minutes. Not only will it help you fall asleep, but it will also help get rid of morning stiffness.
Tip #2: Stop eating foods that are processed. Our diet, in general, plays a huge part in our level of systemic inflammation. The more inflammation we have, the more stiff we are going to feel in the morning. A whole foods diet is more abundant in bioavailable nutrients and much more dense in vitamins and minerals, which will help keep inflammation down. The additives and stabilizers in processed foods have a large inflammatory response when consumed. Try to eat foods that are found around the perimeter of the grocery store. Foods that come directly from the earth, sea, and sky are best!
Tip #3 - Eat disease fighting foods. There are certain foods that you should include in your diet that aren’t just good to help get rid of morning stiffness because they are anti inflammatory, but they also help fight disease. Include these foods as often as you can with any meal or take them in supplement form. These include ginger, turmeric, green, leafy vegetables, beets, blueberries, and pineapple, just to name a few.
Tip # 4- Drink water. Just water. Preferably filtered water. I recommend you drink your body weight in ounces of water every day. Hydration is really important in general, but when it comes to stiffness, it’s a big one. Our tissue needs water in order for the lymphatic system to really work efficiently.
Tip #5 - Get a foam roller to keep at home! This doesn’t have to be painful, just light rolling when you wake up. I call this re-hydrating tissue. Nothing heavy, just a bit of quick rolling and compression with hydrated tissue that might be matted down or sticky from not moving overnight. Thirty seconds at various parts of the body that are stiff can go a long way. I do this every morning and it takes some getting used to, but I notice a difference if I don’t do it.
Tip #6 - Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar daily. It has nutrients that help the body become more PH neutral and not as acidic which is what leads to inflammation, stiffness, and not feeling good. I take a tablespoon diluted in 6-8 ounces of water.