A little bit about Neuropathy
Twenty million Americans are estimated to have neuropathy. It is also estimated that 60% of diabetics suffer from this disorder. There are many different kinds of neuropathy, the symptoms range from burning, tingling, weakness to numbness, paralysis, and the dull constant pain usually in the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands and arms.
Regardless of the cause of your neuropathy or the individual symptoms, doctors unanimously agree that there are a few things that EVERY sufferer should do to begin fighting this debilitating condition.
About Neuropathy Exercise
At least some exercise is a very important part in controlling neuropathy. It helps to balance blood sugar, improves circulation, and can slow the nerve damage resulting from this condition. Swimming or riding a stationary bike may be preferable to running or walking because they are low impact exercises.
About Neuropathy Diet
Diet is crucial when addressing peripheral neuropathy. Alcohol and tobacco should be eliminated at all costs. Other harmful foods to be avoided include; processed foods, foods with processed sugar, fast foods, junk foods, sugary drinks and sodas of all types, and foods containing trans-fatty acids. Products sprayed with pesticide should also be avoided.
The nervous system can be negatively impacted by sweeteners and additives contained in diet soda and processed foods such as MSG and aspartame, etc. Individuals suffering from peripheral neuropathy should have a balanced intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
About Neuropathy Nutrition
In addition to proper diet and excercise, clinical studies have shown time and again that vitamins and herbs can be very effective at preventing and even reversing signs of neuropathy.
B vitamins can be very effective at helping to control neuropathy but in most cases you get what you pay for. All forms of vitamins are not the same. In fact, there are 4 different forms of vitamin B12 alone. Most supplements use the cheapest available form of ingredients and since there is very little government oversight in the supplement industry, it is hard to know that what you are getting will be the best form to fight nerve damage.
Along with B vitamins, you should also consider vitamin D and a powerful anti-oxidant such as alpha lipoic acid.
Other natural suggestions that may benefit you individually include physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic alignment.
My name is CG Chiro. I am a neuropathy specialist and blogger. This site is dedicated to helping those that suffer with Neuropathy. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the latest developments with regards to Neuropathy then feel free to subscibe to my email updates. I’m sure you will find them interesting and a big help!
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