While we all get the occasional headache, muscle pains or if we are dealing with chronic discomfort, we don't usually think twice about reaching for over-the-counter painkillers. Usually with one or two pills we are feeling better again.
What we don't think about though, is the long term effects of regularly using these drugs. Recent research has suggested that one common painkiller can be toxic to the heart muscle, making it dangerous for everyone over the age of 40.
If you're one of those people that reach for the medicine cabinet when you feel a headache coming on, you may want to think again.
This commonly used painkiller can actually be causing you harm, especially if you're over 40.
In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration strengthened the warning labels on ibuprofen. This precaution was taken after learning that a heart attack or stroke can occur, making it risky for people in their 40's.
They found that NSAIDs may also elevate blood pressure and could cause heart failure.
Natural alternatives have been suggested to relieve pain, including turmeric.
Native to Asia, it has powerful healing abilities. Loaded with polyphenols, it has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries.
One of the best ways to administer it is to make tea. Mixing one tablespoon of turmeric powder, one cup of honey and the juice from one lemon with warm water makes for a delicious way to beat a headache.
For those pesky muscle pains, a topical solution from spicy chili peppers has proven effective. It can be found in many gels and creams and helps reduce muscle, joint and nerve pain.
Ginger has also proven to be effective. According to a study published in the journal Arthritis, ginger “blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds—prostaglandins and leukotrienes—and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.”
If these methods aren't up your alley, you can always take a look into how essential oils can help to relieve your pain.