So many people take ibuprofen or brand name versions of it like Motrin that it’s almost become the 21st century aspirin, doled out to any family member feeling sick, worried about getting sick, or about to undergo strenuous exercise. But before you reach into the medicine cabinet, consider this report from the Daily Beast:
…Recently, some gluten-free champions have revisited studies from the past 20 years that show NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen might just play a contributing role by increasing the likelihood of leaky gut syndrome. According to one NIH study, “All the conventional NSAIDs studied were equally associated with small intestinal inflammation apart from aspirin…” and “intestinal permeability changes were significantly more pronounced” with some of the tests.
There is also evidence that NSAIDs cause intestinal damage when taken in conjunction with exercise. “This is the first study to reveal that ibuprofen aggravates exercise-induced small intestinal injury and induces gut barrier dysfunction in healthy individuals.