Zone creator Dr. Barry Sears had a revelation in the early ʼ80s: “I think I can treat food like a drug to control the inflammation without the side effects induced by other anti-inflammatory drugs ... . That leap was obvious to me but not so obvious to everyone else in the world.”
Sears has spent the last decades proving his theories and getting his message out. He currently spends the majority of his time sifting through mountains of research articles before commissioning his own clinical studies. The key, according to Dr. Sears, is “going upstream” to treat the cause of inflammation instead of focusing downstream on the symptoms.
“All this moving around of health-care reform is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” Dr. Sears told Tony Budding after his live webcast to the CrossFit community. “The only way that we’re going to basically save us from ourselves is to get back to basics. We have to control inflammation. Exercise is one way of doing that. Exercise and diet—especially an anti-inflammatory diet—becomes a very powerful one-two punch. And if we ignore that, it’s at our own peril.”
It turns out high-intensity training is the preferred form of exercise because it releases growth hormone—which has anti-inflammatory characteristics. As such, CrossFit WODs are a key part of the puzzle. Complement your workout with a great diet and you’re well on your way to health and fitness.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 15, first aired June 2, 2009.