He said, She said – NSAID

So, inflammation is bad, and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help cut down on inflammation, so NSAIDs must be good, right? Unfortunately – it’s not as easy as that. At least not when it comes to the gut.

All of us, at one time or another, have taken at least one NSAID. This includes things like aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, Anaprox and a whole host of both over the counter and prescription medications. Some people have been told by a doctor they need to take them as part of an actual medical treatment plan for long term heart health – this article is NOT for you guys, but a lot of other people take them regularly for problems like muscle soreness, headache, or just general aches and pains – this article IS for you!

NSAIDs can increase intestinal permeability (leaky gut), change the composition of the gut flora, and even cause more serious problems with long-term use. When we look at life in the big picture, and consider how do we create sustainable health, a much better solution is to get to the bottom of the source of the pain and inflammation, not just throw an anti-inflammatory at it day after day. This is especially true when we consider the potential health consequences and the sheer number of us relying on them for daily support. More than 70 million prescriptions and more than 30 billion over-the counter tablets are sold annually in the United States alone!

If you know that your tendency is to reach for a bottle of either over the counter or prescription NSAID, consider first some of these techniques for helping manage pain.
Meditation,
physical therapy,
massage,
acupuncture,
essential oils,
are all possible ways to reduce pain and reliance on pain relievers. But more important than just resolving the current situation is taking the time and commitment to get to the bottom of the source of the pain. NSAIDs suppress the inflammation but they don’t actually address the underlying issue. And, the way that they suppress inflammation is hard on the whole digestive system.

Until next time friends,

Be WELL,
XO – Peggy

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