You may not know it but many of the pharmaceutical painkillers on the market today are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs. If you’ve been prescribed these drugs or are already taking them, you should be aware of four common side effects, and look to alternatives.
Increased Risk of Heart Failure
NSAIDS are notorious for causing heart problems. Some studies have documented a 40% increase in the risk of developing heart disease, which leads to heart attack, stroke, and other serious illnesses which can lead to death.
Even NSAIDS like Ibuprofen, often found in over-the-counter pain medications can be dangerous to the heart, and with regular use, an 18% increase in heart failure occurs.
An Inflamed Gut, Intestinal Damage
NSAIDS are not good for our gut health. These drugs cause our gut lining to be more permeable, creating tiny holes in them, which can then allow toxic waste to leak into our blood stream. This can cause a host of health issues, among them irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, bleeding gut, and more.
The gut becomes inflamed as the body tries to heal the tiny holes, causing permanent and chronic inflammation, which can lead to even more health challenges.
Severe Allergic Reactions
Many people who take NSAIDS experience mild to severe allergic reactions. Among these are:
- Skin outbreaks
- The inability to breathe
- Heart attack
- Loss of Appetite
- Dizziness of Drowsiness
- Stomach Pain
Another big concern with NSAIDS is kidney failure. This is a problem associated with drugs including:
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Aspirin (brand names include Bayer, Bufferin, and Ecotrin, St. Joseph)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox DS, Naprosyn)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
Some NSAIDS even cause permanent kidney damage, so that once you stop using pain medications, the damage to your liver remains.
NSAIDS? or Something Better
If you have back pain, joint pain, are recovering from a surgery, fibromyalgia, or any number of additional health concerns which causes you to turn to NSAIDS for pain management, you may want to think again about using them.
More natural alternatives for the reduction of pain are available to you such as:
Yoga – There are many yoga postures that can be practiced, even by people with joint or muscle pain, to help reduce chronic pain symptoms.
Herbal Remedies – Herbs that reduce chronic inflammation like turmeric, cruciferous vegetables, ginseng, garlic, Kava Kava, Valerian root, St. John’s Wort, and an increased water intake will all reduce chronic pain.
Acupuncture – This ancient Chinese Medicine remedies pain by opening the energy channels or meridians in the body.
Laughter – Studies have proven that just one good belly laugh can reduce pain by up to 50%.
Meditation – Another effective tool against pain is meditation. This practice changes the hormones in our bodies – increasing serotonin and melatonin as well as GABA, and reducing cortisol, making it easier for us to endure pain, and even reducing its effects.
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