Skip the Ibuprofen
It may sound crazy, but anti-inflammatories can cause inflammation because they eat away at the lining of the stomach and colon. The result: "We see some 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths a year in this country from NSAID-induced gastrointestinal bleeds," says Dr. Kerry Kuehl, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Oregon Health and Science University. Sore muscles? Drink tart cherry juice. The polyphenolic-loaded natural elixir tests as well as ibuprofen for reducing pain, and it's side-effect-free.