Updated: Sep 21, 2022
You are pushing your body everyday to finish tasks at work and at home, to train your body and exercise to be not only in shape but maybe you are an athlete, and at the end of the day you are exhausted and your head hurts so you pop an advil...What's wrong with that?
Regular use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen, Naproxen, Celebrex, and motrin, etc. could have consequences on your overall health.
HOW DO NSAIDS WORK?
NSAIDs block pain by reducing the amount of inflammation. They do this by blocking the effect of cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes. These COX enzymes normally help create chemicals called prostaglandins, which contribute to your inflammation. By blocking the enzyme, the production of prostaglandins decreases, and your inflammation and pain is reduced
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH NSAIDS?
NSAIDS are a common household item with 30 million Americans reaching for an NSAID on a daily basis. But just because lots of people are taking them it doesn't make them safe.
Long term use of NSAIDs can lead to:
Gastrointestinal issues like leaky gut, heartburn, ulcers, bleeding, nausea, and vomiting
Increased risk of asthma and eczema in children
Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
NSAIDS work as a blood thinner caution should be used in people who are prone to injury
Even when taken in the short term, NSAIDS can cause gastrointestinal harm. 10-60% of individuals will experience nausea, indigestion, flatulence and abdominal pain with one dose. NSAIDS can lead to more serious issues like GI bleeding, even in smaller doses, and gut mucosal damage. When the lining of the GI tract is compromised this allows for leakage of endotoxin and whole food particles to escape, initiating an immune response and a constant level of low lying inflammation in the body. This can lead to adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disease.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO INSTEAD?
There are great, natural alternatives to reduce inflammation in the body instead of exposing yourself to potentially harmful chemicals.