Gretchen Reynolds wrote in The New York Times (NY) Wednesday, December 05, 2012 an article entitled For Athletes, Risks From Ibuprofen Use.
Studies have already shown that strenuous exercise alone commonly results in small amount of intestinal trauma in addition to micro tears of the muscles (which allows for muscle building).
Lets start with the intestines. An experiment published last year found that “cyclists who rode hard for an hour immediately developed elevated blood levels of a marker that indicates slight gastrointestinal leakage.”
Physiologically this makes sense!
Remember the term “rest and digest” or “fight (run) and flight”. When the body is under extreme stress for a long duration of time, this moves all the blood away from the intestines and to the vital organs like the heart, brain, muscles being used. The laps of time starves the intestines of natural blood flow and according to Dr. Kim Van Wijck, a surgical resident at Orbis Medical Center in the Netherlands, he suggests after a recent small study that during prolonged exertion digestion becomes a luxury. When you starve the intestinal cells of blood, some of the cells lining the intestines are traumatized and start to leak.
Over time, since many athletes take the drug for pain before and after a workout, the combination could lead to leaky gut syndrome, ulcers, GERD and other intestinal disorders.
As for the tendons, ligaments and muscles tissue, stopping the natural repair process results in a weaker recovery. When the body undergoes physical stress, micro tears occur in the tendons, ligaments and muscles tissue. During the rest and repair time, the body begins to rebuild the musculo-skeletal tissues creating a stronger structure.
To prevent gastro-intestinal damage and to enhance the healing and repairing time of the musculoskeletal tissues, start with an anti-inflammatory diet, anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger, turmeric and garlic and experiment with some hydrotherapy with and without Epson salts to relax and detoxify the body of lactic acid build up, the precursor to muscle soreness.
Consult your Naturopathic Doctor for further suggestions. And live Drug Free!