The Danger of Exercise with Pain Medication

Many of us get sick over the winter months and reach for over-the-counter cold and flu medications. The majority of these contain ibuprofen/acetaminophen/etc. Ibuprofen
in particular, blocks the body’s pain receptors; henceforth, it is quite plausible that we will overexert ourselves, unbeknownst to us. This can be dangerous and cause damage
to our bodies, including repetitive strain injuries. Additionally, performing exercise with pain medication in your system can also do damage to your intestinal track.
The safest option is to abstain from any cold or pain medication in advance of exercise.

For pain, topical analgesic gels such as Voltaren Emulgel work really well. For colds, I would recommend echinacea at the onset and/or home remedies. A great home remedy for sore throat, cough, cold, etc. is as follows:

2 tbsps of lemon juice

2 tbsps of white vinegar

2 tbsps of honey

A dash – 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon

In a small glass combine the above contents. Then add boiling water. Stir until the honey is dissolved and drink within 10 minutes.