Most of us are now used to the concept of taking over-the-counter medicines, especially painkillers for everyday issues like headaches, fevers and colds.
These medicines are usually enough to fix your problem in the short term. But it is important to think about what they’re doing to your bodies in the long run.
Studies have recently shown that a certain painkiller can negatively affect the heart muscle, more so if the person using it is already over 40.
The most chilling thing about this is that the medicine is so popular you probably have it with you at this moment…
Nowadays, people tend to reach for over-the-counter painkillers whenever they are affected with a slight ache in any part of the body.
This usually works as the pill soothes the pain and your problem is solved for the moment.
The efficiency of these drugs cannot be denied. In half an hour, the pain disappears so it is no surprise that these drugs are commonly used.
But if you are someone who immediately reaches for ibuprofen whenever you feel any ache starting, stop right there.
You are unknowingly harming your body rather than healing it. This is true even more so for those who are already past the age of 40.
In 2015, it was discovered that the people using the drug are facing high risk of heart failure or strokes for a few weeks after taking the medicine and the risk is higher for those over 40.
Fortunately for us all, there are many healthier and organic ways to soothe any body aches.
Scientists who have studied ibuprofen and its side effects have suggested that patients use turmeric, an Asian plant, which has powerful healing abilities.
Since it’s very popular in cooking, powdered turmeric is freely available in most supermarkets and at the chemist’s.
It has been popular in Eastern medicine for many hundred years because it contains many polyphenols.
A nice and easy way to soothe your aches as well as strengthen you is to drink turmeric tea.
Simply mix a tablespoon of turmeric, honey and lemon juice to warm water or tea and your headache will be gone before you know it.
Another healthy remedy is capsaicin, an ointment made from spicy chili peppers. It is readily available and can be applied to soothe muscle, joint and nerve pain.
Many experts also suggest ginger as it prevents inflammatory compounds like prostaglandins and leukotrienes from being formed.
Ginger is also an antioxidant which is good for any existing inflammation and can cure acidity in the fluid within the joints.
Of course, there is also an easier method than those given above. You can always use essential oils.
Studies have proven that using oils like lavender, chamomile or sage on the part of your body that hurts, can soothe the pain. They’ll also ensure that you smell really nice.
While these natural remedies are always out there, make sure you always see a doctor first whenever you feel ill.