There are many side effects to the regular use of over-the-counter pain medications including indigestion, stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and even stroke. While there can be a time and place for these medications, they should not be your go-to all of the time. There are many options for your natural medicine cabinet that can help you avoid pharmaceutical medications and still support pain relief and reduce inflammation. Here are a few of my favorites:

CBD

CBD is an amazing adaptogen that helps the body to deal with stress and brings it back to homeostasis, back to center. I love it as a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and mood support. It is derived from the hemp plant containing phytocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are health-promoting compounds that directly interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the body. The cannabinoid receptors are part of a unique communication system in the body, known as the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is present throughout the entire central nervous system and distributed among peripheral tissues including the immune and reproductive systems, gastrointestinal tract, brain cells, endocrine glands, arteries, lungs, and heart.

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