Do Amino Acids Cause Headaches?

Do Amino Acids Cause Headaches?

One major class of migraine medications, called triptans, are believed to work by mimicking serotonin in the body, effectively binding with the serotonin receptors of the blood vessels and sensory nerves feeding the brain which can calm the symptoms of a migraine headache. However, this effect is short-lived, as this class of mediation – which includes drugs like Imitrex/sumatriptan, Maxalt/rizatritan, Amerge/naratriptan, Zomig/zolmitriptan and Axert/almotriptan – only tricks the brain into thinking there is more serotonin than there actually is for a short period of time, setting a person up for rebound headaches and/or other migraines in the future. (more…)

When to Take and When to Avoid Pain Killers

When to Take and When to Avoid Pain Killers

Should I take ibuprofen before or after training if I have pain?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, can be very effective at relieving pain and are readily available over-the-counter; most people don’t think twice about taking them. However, using them comes at a cost to your health. (more…)

Joint Health

Joint Health

The health of our joints impacts our quality of life and determines how active we can be as we age. Degeneration and inflammation of the joints (arthritis) is America’s number one crippling disease, affecting approximately one in three American adults, and is the leading cause of disability among persons over age 15. Luckily, research has shown that arthritis and joint degeneration can be safely and effectively addressed using natural healing methods. (more…)

Managing Chronic Pain and Arthritis Through Nutrition

Managing Chronic Pain and Arthritis Through Nutrition

Most of us will have some physical pain throughout our lives (i.e., we fall down, injure ourselves playing sports, etc.). Everyone is also familiar with the typical sensations that go along with those injuries – heat, soreness, swelling and pain. These natural responses by the body to physical injury help with the healing process. However, over time, chronic inflammation can be bad for your health. Luckily, Mother Nature has given us many ways that we can help our body in the healing and recovery process and minimize the pain and discomfort that accompany them. (more…)