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Microblog: Just Say No to NSAIDs (Ibuprofen)

Microblog: Just Say No to NSAIDs (Ibuprofen)

We often times use Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil) for pain and inflammation. We think they’re relatively harmless.⠀


❓Did you know that when NSAIDs first came out they were only allowed by prescription? They were considered so potent that the prescription was only allowed for 2 weeks.⠀

💊NSAIDs were introduced in the 1970s as an alternative to aspirin because aspirin was known to damage the stomach lining.⠀

🕳But NSAIDs damages the mucosal barrier in the small and large intestine. Studies have shown that they create holes in the intestinal barrier. The chronic use of NSAIDs has been linked to mucosal erythema, mucosal erosions, sub-epithelial hemorrhages, protein loss, anemia, strictures, and ulcerations. They can also induce toxicity in the small bowel leading to indigestion, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, and nausea. ⠀

❓What does this do to your body?⠀

🦠It lets the contents of your digestive system including bacteria and proteins to enter into your body. Our immune system acts up to protect ourselves from these foreign invaders.⠀

Enter disease and autoimmune disorders.⠀
Enter inflammation. Enter pain from the holes.⠀

♾So then we take MORE NSAIDs to deal with the pain.⠀
Welcome to the vicious cycle of pain and inflammation.⠀

🥇NSAIDs are now the number one selling drug. The one time prescription-only, for 2 weeks at a time medicine is now the number one selling drug.⠀

🔥Oh and they are ALSO the number one cause of inflammation.⠀

🤯Yes, how ironic.⠀
They cause the very pain and inflammation that we use NSAIDs for.⠀

Sounds like a very similar story to the infamous PPIs and other GERD medicines essentially causing MORE heartburn.⠀

💡Get to the root cause. If you feel pain and inflammation, your body’s immune system is at work and is telling you to rest. Consume foods that help with healing and inflammation. Try to stay off NSAIDs because they are far more toxic than you think.⠀

❓What foods help with healing and inflammation?⠀

🐄Carnivorous foods.⠀
This may be why Carnivores rarely get sick.⠀

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5772852/  ⠀

Nutrition with Judy

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