How to Reduce Inflammation and Eliminate Pain — Naturally or Drugs?

Many of us experience pain and swelling, whether it’s from back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, joint pain, etc. And our normal solution to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation is to reach for the drugs prescribed by doctors — the likes of Aspirin, Tylenol, Naproxen, etc. We are so accustomed to this way; or should that be changed to “conditioned”? Also, it seems like as we age, pain either appears more often, or each painful episode lasts longer. Is there a reason for this? In fact, there is — and it’s a medical one. Before we get to that, let’s understand pain and inflammation a little better so that we know how to actually deal with them. How Are Pain and Inflammation Related? Most pain in your body is caused by inflammation: the body’s way of promoting healing by calling upon its own natural healing mechanisms. Inflammation brings about pain and the swelling that you feel, while behind the scenes your body works hard at healing (naturally, if it could). Read the article “Prostaglandins and Inflammation” to learn about inflammation in the body. Your body’s main defense mechanism against inflammation is through the production of proteolytic enzymes, which are actually pain fighters. These enzymes directly control inflammation, such that when the inflammation subsides, your pain also goes away. However, drugs like NSAIDs simply mask the pain and interfere with your body’s natural pain defenses. Reduction in Proteolytic Enzymes Due to Aging Now, the reason why you seem to feel more pain as you grow older is due to reduced levels of natural proteolytic enzymes that your body produces. A...

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