Written by: Kat Gal
I used to pop ibuprofen like it was my job.
I used to suffer from chronic headaches. At 26, my already frequent headaches became so serious that they practically turned into one major headache. For 4 and a half years, I had a headache every minute of my life (I am not joking).
I used to take ibuprofen for it several times a day, often exceeding the maximum recommended amount. It didn’t even ease the pain, yet every time, I was hoping for a miracle.
I was never told that ibuprofen or other OTC pain-killers could be harmful to my health. As a college runner, most of my teammates popped ibuprofen like candy for all injuries and minor pains. My boyfriend took it for his back pain. Every website and doctor suggested it. I thought it was the right thing to do. I thought it was my fault that it wasn’t even helping.
Turns out that ibuprofen is actually damaging to your health and that there are much better NATURAL alternatives for pain and inflammation.
The Lancet review has found ibuprofen to be as toxic to the heart as Vioxx, a banned anti-inflammatory drug that caused thousands of deaths from cardiovascular diseases.
I haven’t taken ibuprofen or any other similar OTC drug for 3 years. I am living my life pain-free and naturally. I want to invite you to do the same.
Turmeric is one of my secret weapons against visible and silent inflammation.
Turmeric has been known as a natural pain reliever for centuries. The spice has proven to be more superior without serious side effects. In fact, the polyphenol in turmeric has been shown to have over 600 health benefits.
According to a clinical trial published in the Alternative and Complementary Medicine journal, turmeric is an effective alternative to ibuprofen for osteoarthritis.
The study on was conducted with 109 patients with knee osteoarthritis. In a randomized selection, some were given 800 mg of ibuprofen, while others received 2000 mg of turmeric a day for six weeks. Their pain level while walking, stair climbing and performing other basic functions were measured.
After 6 weeks, improvements were measured in both groups and the turmeric group showed slightly better performance. The turmeric group also described having a higher level of satisfaction than the ibuprofen group.
Turmeric is not only effective, safe and natural, but it’s also accessible to all, affordable and time-tested.
Looking at these amazing results and understanding how simple, cheap, safe and yet incredibly effective turmeric can be, you can only get excited about this.
The next time you have a headache or are experiencing pain, just go open your kitchen cabinet and reach for that turmeric as your new choice of medicine. Do you know any other awesome natural pain-relieving remedies? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
About the author
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Freelance Writer, Educator and World Traveler. She has coached women from all around the world, worked with abused children in Kenya, taught English in Mexico, volunteered on an olive farm in Turkey, hitchhiked in Costa Rica and climbed volcanoes in Guatemala to name a few of her happy adventures. You deserve to live a happy and healthy life and Kat is here to show you how to do that. Kat invites you to join the “Happiness Tribe: 2016, the Year of Happiness” on Facebook to create your best year yet within a supportive sisterhood. For more health and happiness tips, visit her website and check out her best-selling program, Your 21-Day Mind-Body-Soul Shake-Up. To contact her for writing assignments, check out her freelance writing website.