Listen, I’m all for feeling good for workouts and sometimes that feeling good involves the use of Advil or Motrin, better known as NSAIDs (none steroidal anti Inflammatory drugs). Research has shown that anti-inflammatory drugs, even though make you feel better, do not help with performance. I’m a bit skeptical on this. I feel the Day of a competition NSAIDs would help but outside of the game Day they should be only used sparingly for pain management.
Inflammation within itself is crucial for repairing muscles after a workout. Increased blood flow brings nutrients to help the recovery process. So, all those micro tears which you created during a workout need inflammation to help repair the muscle and make you stronger. NSAIDs deter this from happening.
Research is also finding that the use of NSAIDs has a connnection to “increased heart attacks and strokes on people who were never at risk for heart disease.”
So, is it worth it? No, it’s not! There are ways to reduce inflammation when needed naturally:
- Supplement with Turmeric
- Take Fish Oils (pills or consume fish)
- Staying hydrated 24/7
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Eat unprocessed foods
- Reduce sugar intake
- Consistent Active Recovery (ice baths, CryoTherapy, massage etc)
It may take more work for you to feel better but it beats increasing the probability of an early health scare!
Read up more here: Harvard Health