You can’t talk about inflammation and the gut without talking about anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAID’s or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most prescribed drugs for treating pain and discomfort. NSAIDs include common over the counter painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen & naproxen. While effective at reducing inflammation in the body and relieving pain, these drugs wreck havoc on our gut. There is considerable evidence that shows that NSAIDs cause intestinal bleeding and inflammation ultimately leading to scar tissue and leaky gut. Recent studies are also showing that use of these painkillers can also dramatically affect our gut bacteria, killing off colonies of good gut bugs. These are side effects that we don’t often hear of but can greatly impact our long term health and wellness.
There is considerable evidence that shows that NSAIDs cause intestinal bleeding and inflammation ultimately leading to scar tissue and leaky gut. Recent studies are also showing that use of these painkillers can also dramatically affect our gut bacteria, killing off colonies of good gut bugs.
What’s encouraging about all of this is that there are a whole host of herbs and supplements that are extremely effective at relieving pain and inflammation in the body.
Here are some that we like to use regularly:
Curcumin- Extracted from Turmeric, curcumin is known in India to be an anti-inflammatory. It’s amazing for helping treat arthritis pain, gut inflammation and issues as well as helping with brain fog. You’ll want to take 1200-2400mg per day. We recommend this one.
Omega-3s- Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA/EPA) are known to reverse inflammation, especially if consumed regularly over a long period of time. You’ll want to take a daily serving of fish oil daily. If you’re vegan here’s a plant based option.
Ginger- Ginger relieves pain and inflammation, it’s been shown to be as effective as ibuprofen at relieving menstrual cramps and pain due to arthritis. You’ll want to take 500mg -100mg 1 to 2x per day. We usually take this ginger. And during your period you can take it every 2 hours as pain persists.
Green Tea Extract- Not only does green tea (the main ingredient in kombucha) support liver detoxification, it also reduces inflammation and promotes healthy gut bacteria. You’ll want to either drink two cups of green tea or bottles of kombucha a day or take a 200mg supplement like this.
N-acetylcyste-ine (NAC) - This supplement boosts detoxification by creating glutathione in the body. Inflammation depletes your body of glutathione so this supplement helps replenish you. You’ll want to take 300mg 3x a day. We recommend this one.
Quercetin- This flavonoid is present in foods like onions and apples. It supports your immune system and reduces inflammation especially inflammation related to food intolerances, allergies, eczema and hives. You’ll want to take 250mg of this 3x daily.
While inflammation and pain can be very uncomfortable, NSAIDs and pain killers are not the way and can create a vicious cycle of inflammation as they damage your gut. Instead look to these natural plant based alternatives that’ll help you feel your very best.