Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) are commonly used over-the-counter (and prescription) drugs including Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Celebrex, Naproxen, and others. Due to their little known side effects of causing gradual bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract and clotting disturbances, conservative estimates put the amount of hospitalizations per year due to these drugs at over 100,000 hospitalizations and over 16,500 deaths per year. These figures place deaths from chronic NSAID use as the 15th leading cause of death in the U.S.! We all can handle some of these synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs occasionally. It is the chronic, month after month use that leads to the disease and death statistics quoted here. The high level of problems associated with chronic use of these common drugs echo why it is so important to maintain a more disciplined, anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle before chronic pain becomes a problem. Reducing refined sugar, caffeine, refined flours and refined foods, increasing water intake, vegetables and fruits, getting adequate exercise and rest, reducing stress, and taking advantage of natural healing therapies that address your body’s weakest link are all important strategies to prevent degenerative diseases before they start.
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