NSAIDS, leaky gut, and inflammation cures

So I had foot surgery a few months ago.I can finally move about but I still have stiffness and pain at times. So naturally, I am interested in inflammation cures.

My doctor recommended that I take several ibuprofen a day for this. No. And here is why. NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are horrible to take long term.

Some people know this. You may know this. But a lot of people don’t, or they don’t know why. There are many reasons – including the load on your liver – but today I want to talk about something else.

Women take NSAIDs in droves every month during their cycles – and there are far better ways inflammation cures and ways to reduce cramps or pain. It’s nuts. NSAIDs treat the symptoms but not the root cause. NSAIDs are products such as Motrin, Aleve, aspirin, Advil, etc.

I am not anti-drug or painkiller, but I know that NSAIDs do a number of your gut lining. Soon that pain in your neck is a pain in the butt!

Many of you may of heard of leaky gut.

Essentially it boils down to inflammation and tears in your intestinal lining. Food particles and other bacteria leak into your blood stream, causing a slew of issues including chronic inflammation as well as GI problems such as diarrhea, bloating, and pain.

The irony is that leaky gut can cause or exacerbate chronic body inflammation, autoimmune issues, depression, and anxiety.

Things that people with arthritis, PCOS, and PMS already have. Once you have leaky gut, you actually have to work to heal it.

Here are 5 natural anti-inflammatories (and the brands I recommend) that you should know about.

Yes – these are affiliate links. But as a nutritionist I would never link to any products I don’t personally use or recommend. One of the things that frustrates me are people who won’t invest in good quality supplements, but then don’t get the results they want. It’s like they are taking action, but it’s “half assed” action. With supplements and herbs, the brand really does matter if you want results.

And if you still feel the need to use NSAIDs short term due to an injury, combining them with one of the natural inflammation cures below can help you to reduce the NSAID dosage you take, and reduce the toxic load on your body.

1) Fish Oil

In fact Omega 3 Fatty acids can be used in many ways to help with inflammation and hormonal imbalance.

2) Arnica

3) Turmeric

In fact Turmeric is one of many Ayruvedic herbs I recommend for dealing with all kinds of issues, including PCOS and sugar cravings. Here are some others

4) Borage Oil

5) L-Glutamine

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Omega-3s For Dealing With Hormonal Imbalance

hormonal imbalanceOmega 3 fatty acids fight inflammation in the body. Inflammation is behind many of our “hormone” challenges – such as low moods, cramping, depression, and fatigue.

Omega-3 fatty acids also promote healthy and flexible cell membranes, ensuring hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and prolactin to reach and attach to the right places. This way it reduces the chances of hormonal imbalance. It also helps with issues such as PCOS and PMS.

Sources Of Omega-3 Fatty acids

Good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are eggs and fatty wild caught fish such as salmon and black cod. There are vegetarian sources as well such as walnuts, flax seeds, and hemp seeds.

I recommend animal sources of Omega-3 to my clients, because your body can get EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) directly. Vegetarian sources contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which your body has to convert into EPA. It’s less efficient. Also the rate of conversion goes down as you get older.

If you are vegetarian or can’t eat wild caught fish 2-3 times a week – try a fish oil supplement. Make sure you are reading labels. Many fish oils that are cheaper are lower in EPA (and contain higher amounts of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)). EPA is the stuff you care about- when it comes to balancing hormones and fighting inflammation.

Here is a fish oil I use and recommend. It is high quality and has a higher percentage of EPA’s compared to other similar priced fish oils.

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