Neuropathy Nutrition 101

It’s not every day that you think about the food you put in. It’s easier to not care about certain ingredients or daily serving sizes when the stomach is calling. However, this relaxed way of thinking needs to change if the body has any hope of feeling good. 

Good nutrition plays an integral role in how you fight off certain illness, recover faster and ward off unnecessary pain. 

It’s time to think about what you put in your body and how it helps or hurts you more than you think. Here is a look at healthy nutrition habits to incorporate for a more well-balanced and pain-free life. 

Consume heart-healthy fats

It can be a struggle for many patients living with diabetic nerve pain to maintain a healthy cholesterol level. The goal is to aim for a well-balanced diet that is rich in heart-healthy fats such as olive oil, canola oil, nuts and seeds. 

Take in vitamin B12

Neuropathy patients can often find themselves with lower levels of B12. It’s important to eat foods high in B12, such as eggs, milk or cheese. Feel free to talk with a physician about B12 supplements as an added dose of support. A physician may recommend a blood test to check B12 level for a healthy diagnosis. 

Go gluten-free

How often have you heard this before? I’m sure far too many, but, the truth is maintaining a gluten-free diet is healthy and ideal to reducing nerve pain. Gluten can affect the stomach, skin and even the brain. It can be difficult to eat foods with gluten (i.e. pastas, breads, oats). Aim to eat plenty of legumes, eggs, vegetables, nuts, and fruits to get your daily dose of nutrients. 

Eat fruits and vegetables

Fill your plate with as many bright colors and leafy greens to satisfy your hunger craving. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They provide a nutritious balance to fight nerve pain and even control diabetic symptoms. Aim to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. 

Drink lots of water

Water should be a staple in any diet, and even more so for those looking to reduce nerve pain. It’s critical to stay hydrated throughout the day to reduce inflammation and avoid triggering pain receptors. Aim to drink eight 8-oz. of water each day. 

Talk with your doctor before starting any new diet. It’s important to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet that not only improves your nerve pain, but keeps you going throughout the day.

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