According to a recent study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, even short term use of acetaminophen can cause serious health problems for your liver.
Healthy participants with no sign of liver failure used acetaminophen at recommended doses for only 4 days. At the end of the four days, blood tests revealed significant increases in certain liver enzymes which have been shown in the past to be key indicators of serious problems and damage occurring in the liver.
The danger of OTC pain killers arises from their detrimental effect on the liver. Your liver is your number one weapon against toxic exposure. Just like it wards off a hangover, it can remove or neutralize toxins from the blood. It’s also mandatory for boosting immunity and protecting the body from viral and bacterial infection. But it’s not invincible. When it gets damaged, it leaks enzymes into the bloodstream.
What can you do differently?
- Lower Inflammation: Fish Oil, Green Tea, Tumeric, Ice
- Find the Cause: Too many people say “my foot hurts” and take drugs instead of figuring out what the root of the problem is. Doctors are the Worst Offenders!
- Proactively Solve the Problem: Do you know their are simple stretches that consistently relieve most body pains? How about using a foam roller or tennis ball to release trigger points?
Medicine Masks Symptoms – Instead Try Fixing the Problem!
If you have chronic pain, find someone who is an expert in fixing the root causes! I am pretty good with things like achy lower backs and fixing foot pain, most of the time some targeted stretching and myofascial release clears things up in days. If I can’t help I refer out to a physical therapist (Carolina Orthopedic Rehab does wonders in Hendersonville!)
Yes these services cost more than popping a few pills today, but health care costs are prohibitively expensive. Don’t screw up your liver! Do you know how much Dialysis Costs?