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Reduce Your Sense of Swell
The uncomfortable truth about working out is that we sometimes get injured. Maybe we don’t warm up or cool down properly, or we simply overdo it with a new routine that stresses under-developed muscles. Instead of reaching for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, consider looking to more natural relief that’s easier on your body. 

Infrequent, small doses of NSAIDs over short periods of time can offer welcome relief from inflammation. But these pharmaceuticals can also mask warning signs of bigger problems – or even lead to larger ones like kidney and liver issues, ulcers and more. 

Botanical solutions – from natural plants and herbs, can be just as effective at reducing inflammation. Be sure to check with your doctor or a healthcare professional before jumping in, though, especially if you regularly take medications. 

The active ingredient in this root is curcumin, which has been medically shown to be as effective as ibuprofen in reducing osteoarthritis knee pain. Although it may take up to two months to be fully effective, the recommended dosage is 750-1,500 mg daily when taken in capsule form. Topical creams containing curcumin may also offer joint relief.

According to studies, taking ginger can reduce the pain of exercise by up to 25 percent. As a capsule, take 500 – 1,000 mg two to three times a day to gain the full effect of this root.

Also known as Indian Frankincense, boswellia is a tree resin used to treat arthritis, coughs, asthma and ulcerative colitis. Take 300 – 400 mg in capsule form three times a day.

Long used to fight indigestion as well as inflammation, this enzyme derived from pineapple may also help reduce pain from arthritis and workout-related injuries. Take 250 – 750 mg on an empty stomach three times a day.

This topical relief agent, often found in creams, comes from the active compound in cayenne peppers. Not only has it been shown to reduce inflammation, it interferes with the way pain signals get to our brain. You can use capsaicin creams topically three times a day.

Arnica Montana
Also primarily used topically, arnica has been used for centuries to treat bruises, sprains, joint pain, muscle pain and to heal wounds. Many people use the cream to relieve arthritis in their hands and knees. The topical cream can be used three times a day.

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