For many years, I abused over the counter pain medications. Headache? Take some Tylenol. Sore knee? Take some Tylenol. Aching back? Take some Tylenol. And not only some Tylenol, but 2/500 mg Tylenol! As the years have gone on, I've become educated on the side effects of Tylenol and I've also learned alternatives to simply taking some Tylenol. Don't get me wrong, there are still some days that nothing works but Tylenol, but I feel better knowing that I have choices.
Turmeric is my first alternative choice. It contains more than 2 dozen anti inflammatory compounds. Read all about it below!
Ice helps to reduce inflammation and pain, BEFORE it happens. Use ice as an injury prevention by applying to areas that tend to get annoyed ie; knees, ankles or your back after you go for a run. For me, if I come in from skiing or biking and my knee is achy, I immediately rest and apply ice.