Neuropathy i.e. peripheral neuropathy is a health condition that occurs when the functioning of peripheral nerves are disrupted or damaged. The nerves are responsible for a wide range of functions including involuntary organ-activity, stimuli perception and voluntary movement of the muscles. Neuropathy affects the nerves responsible for carrying out these functions. Although its cause can be as a result of underlying medical conditions, sometimes it can be as a result of an unidentifiable cause, as seen on the blog post on nervepaintreatment.org.
Neuropathy affects single or multiple nerves simultaneously and its symptoms include muscle cramps, muscle paralysis, sharp burning/freezing/throbbing pain, increased sensitivity to touch, impotence, reduced vision, tingling/numbness in hands or feet, loss of bowel or bladder control, dizziness etc. These symptoms can take years to manifest which means that your short-term habits can lead to long-term or lifelong health problems.
Because neuropathy affects the nerves, its treatment usually involves management of the underlying causes of nerve problems and this includes eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. The main reason as to why you have proper diet when you are affected by neuropathy is because poor nutrition and certain types of food can aggravate the condition. Foods with high amounts of carbohydrates may worsen neuropathy due to high amounts of sugar which increase nerve damage. It is therefore important to avoid refined and added sugars found in pastries, candies, cookies, waffles and ice cream.
Neuropathy requires you to eat different varieties of food such as vegetables, fresh fruits, poultry, meat, fish, dairy products as well as healthy fats. it’s also important to incorporate carbohydrate i.e. starch in your diet but ensure that you keep track of when and how much you eat the carbs because they have an immediate effect on the amount of blood sugar in the body. Some of the carbohydrates that you can add to your diet include bread, pasta, grains, and cereals. Lean proteins such as low-fat dairy products and poultry contribute to tissue repairs and building of lean muscles all which are important for nerve development. Fruits and vegetables such as kales, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, oranges, kiwi, berries, watermelons etc. contain various assortments of minerals, vitamins, nutrients and dietary fibers that are valuable in supporting the immune system.
Other Diet Considerations
If you are suffering from neuropathy, it is important to avoid foods with high amounts of salt because they pose high risks of increased blood pressure in the body. It’s also necessary for you to avoid alcoholic drinks because alcohol is highly toxic to nerves and it may worsen some of the neuropathy symptoms such as pain, numbness and body coordination. Furthermore, it also causes nutritional deficiencies that can worsen neuropathy. Smoking leads to detrimental health effects and that too includes worsening of neuropathy.
A balanced diet is important in treating neuropathy because eating healthy meals and making appropriate dietary changes not only enhances the immune system, it also reduces chances of increased neuropathy complications. You can also add dietary supplements to your diet since they help to ease neuropathy symptoms.