Did you know that many scientific studies done over the last two decades show a correlation between NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) and Leaky Gut Syndrome?
One of the most common NSAID drugs is ibuprofen, which is taken over the counter by millions of Americans on a regular basis. Although doctors are generally trained to know that long-term use of ibuprofen and other NSAIDs could cause gastritis, stomach ulcers and even upper gastrointestinal bleeding, what many don’t know is that even shorter term use of regular doses may lead to health consequences and damage to the gut.
One study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded,
All the conventional NSAIDS studied were equally associated with small intestinal inflammation apart from aspirin and nabumetone, which seem to spare the small bowel.
Other studies have shown that NSAIDS weaken intestinal walls and long-term use may lead to the small intestine becoming inflamed.
Beyond these damaging consequences to the gut, the inflammation from taking NSAIDs have also been shown to cause joint pain and even affect the nervous system and brain, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and irritability.
Those who may have gluten sensitivity may also want to reconsider their use of NSAIDs as leaky gut can allow food particles and gut flora that normally are in the intestines to cross over into the gut lining and even into the bloodstream. From this, conditions such as food sensitivities, and inflammatory/autoimmune reactions may arise.
Here is a list of the most common NSAID drugs:
- Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen)
- Aleve (naproxen sodium)
- COX-2 Inhibitors