Anti-inflammatories work by reducing the inflammation associated with pain. This means that instead of focusing on telling the brain that there is no pain like an opioid, anti-inflammatory drugs work to decrease the cause of the discomfort.
There are two different types of anti-inflammatories, those with steroids and those without steroids. Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually called corticosteroids. This is because they work to reduce the swelling by fastening to the cortisol receptors. Getting pain relief from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), works in a completely different manner. These anti-inflammatories counteract the enzyme which creates most inflammation. Most NSAIDS are available over the counter and are often known as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen.
Many studies have shown that common and persistent, inflammation-causing reactions of the immune system are the root many health problems such as like heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. Because of this, it is clear that merely taking a medication won’t help to reduce all the problems associated with inflammation. That is why in recent years the anti-inflammatory diet has become increasingly popular to help curb a lot of problems with inflammation.
Unlike most diet programs, the anti-inflammatory diet is not intended as a weight loss program, but rather it is a way to choose foods that will help ensure you remain as healthy as possible. It does this by trying to create a balance between carbohydrates, proteins and overall caloric. By maintaining this healthy balance, your body will see less of a reason to use the immune system, thereby cutting back on unnecessary inflammation that can cause health problems later on.