How To Kick the Advil

Dr. Mike, Dr. Meg and myself spent this past weekend in Seneca Falls attending a number of different seminars at New York Chiropractic College. A number of different topics were covered including medical billing, yoga in chiropractic setting and the nutritional foundations for the modern patient.

Today the blog post is going to focus on nutrition and outline some amazing and natural alternatives for your standard Advil and Tylenol. As a disclaimer, please remember that my chiropractic license does not allow me to prescribed any types of medication - including over-the-counter products.

A lot of what we see in our office is acute or chronic complaints that are intensified by inflammation. For example, if someone has a headache or a flare up of low back pain they commonly take Advil (which is an NSAID). Advil's active ingredient with ibuprofen which is considered a COX inhibitor. COX is required for the synthesis of prostaglandins - meaning the drug inhibits COX therefore less prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are important mediations for sensations such as PAIN. The drug affects a part of the brain called the hypothalamus which leads to vasodilation, increased peripheral blood flow and heat dissipation - AKA decreasing systemic inflammation!

Enough of the boring stuff right? It is necessary to understand the importance of preventative medicine. You can fuel your body with the proper nutrients to aid in decreasing inflammation, all while protecting your GI tract and your liver.

So what can I use instead of NSAID's?

There are 2 major things that our office would recommend on a daily basis to decrease inflammation and keep your body healthy.

1. Omega 3's

Our bodies are in a constant inflamed state due to our diets being overpowered by sugar and fried foods. The average American diet is high in Omega 6's and low in Omega 3's, which causes increased inflammation. EPA and DHA should be found in a high quality Omega 3 supplement and inhibit a number of aspects of inflammation.

2. Boswellia

Boswellia helps to inhibit 5-LO, thus inhibiting the production of inflammatory leukotrienes. This will also help decrease systemic inflammation.

Our office regularly carries supplements which can help with your pain and inflammation. We want to help you protect your GI tract and liver from medications such as Advil and Tylenol. Ask your provider how they can help you today!

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