These drugs work by altering the ways in which the body processes two fats; Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. Looking at the chart, you can see that each go through a series of steps leading to an end product; prostaglandin (PG1,2,3) or leukotriene (LT) or thromboxane (TX). The take home message here is that these components are inflammatory, you don’t want and excess of them of them floating around in your body, but you do want a healthy amount. Drugs like Tylenol, Aspirin, and Acetaminophen inhibit them from forming.
IF THEY COME, FROM FAT IS FAT BAD?
No. fat is essential for your body to function properly at almost every level. Avoid pro-inflammatory bad fats which are the highly processed cooking oils found in grocery stores.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
The problem is that these drugs have some nasty side effects and they don’t address the cause of inflammation in the body. Side effects include bleeding of the stomach and intestinal tract, increased leukotrienes. Once you stop taking them, inflammation gets worse. Slowed bone fracture healing time, increased cardiovascular risk, encourage “Leaky Gut” which leads to food allergies and infection, decreased sulfur levels, leading to decreased liver function, and the destruction of Vitamin C within the body… fun.
WHAT CAN I DO INSTEAD?
This, of course, depends on the cause of your inflammation and everyone are different. If inflammation is due to an underlying chemical toxin, heavy metal, or structural issue, i.e. joints moving improperly due to muscle dysfunction; the problem if often corrected by avoiding certain foods, i.e. sugar and processed foods, and eating the right stuff. Foods that are high in good quality Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B3 and B6 and B, Magnesium, Zinc
Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)
Grass Fed Beef
Sesame Seed Oil (if sugar is the cause of inflammation)
Lots and Lots of fresh organic vegetables
A high-quality fish oil which matches your chemical profile
Aloe Vera Juice
Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
If after eating boat loads of these healthy delicious foods you still find yourself inflamed and in pain see us. We’ll fix you right up!