Quick Fix Treatments for Inflammation

When inflammation occurs, people often choose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin and Aleve to ease their pain. The NSAIDs have been developed by pharmaceutical companies to tame unruly inflammation. They work by disrupting the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body, such as prostaglandins. Two cyclo-oxygenase enzymes found in the body, COX-1 and COX-2, are responsible for producing prostaglandins. NSAIDs work by blocking the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, resulting in a reduction in prostaglandin production.

On a positive note, NSAIDs will temporarily help to reduce inflamma-tion, pain, and fever. On the flip side, NSAIDs prevent prostaglandins from producing the mucus that lines the stomach and maintaining adequate stomach acid production. This combination of effects can lead to stomach ulcers. Additionally, inhibition of prostaglandin release reduces the blood's ability to clot, which can contribute to prolonged bleeding after surgery or an injury. Other serious side effects include kidney and liver failure due to reduced blood flow to these critical organs. Common mild side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, and drowsiness.

Fortunately, there are numerous dietary and lifestyle anti-inflammatory options that can be followed to put out the flames of inflammation. Following an anti-inflammatory lifestyle will keep inflammation at bay and make chronic diseases go away without the unnecessary side effects of NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory agents.

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