Nobody Ever (N)SAID You Weren’t Warned

The Urban Monk

Because we know that inflammation lies at the heart of most of the modern world’s chronic illness, from mental health conditions to digestive issues, NSAIDs are used as a broad solution to so many of our problems.

NSAIDs work by prohibiting the production of chemicals in the body that causes inflammation.

How You Risk Your Gut When You Solve a Problem with NSAIDs

Anything that you swallow affects the composition of your microbiome — that ought to go without saying.

Gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea are all commonly reported side effects that are a result of the stomach lining being damaged.

And while we’re talking about stomach and intestinal lining damage… what else could come up but heartburn, caused by over- or under-present levels of stomach acid and an irritated esophagus?

Ayurvedic Medicine Alternatives to NSAIDs

Among longer-term solutions to fight inflammation — like healing your leaky gut and eliminating fast foods and processed foods — there are some short-term solutions you could try looking into.

  • Curcumin (or turmeric): Turmeric has been shown to modulate inflammation pathways and reduce inflammatory markers in the body.
  • Boswellia (frankincense): As an adaptogen, this herb has many balancing benefits as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been known to reduce pain, improve function, and ease arthritic-type maladies.
  • Ginger: The complex phytochemistry of ginger is what gives it its special powers. Among so many other things, ginger soothes digestion and irritated inflammation channels.
  • Black Pepper: Black pepper can reduce the presence of high-sensitivity proteins that ease inflammation and its effects over time, as well as aiding in the absorption of the above herbs.

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