One of the things that most patients with neuropathy and many patients with chronic pain discover, is keeping themselves well fueled and well hydrated goes along way towards improving the quality of their life, and yes the may help reduce symptoms!
Now the reasons for this are many but the bottom line is paying better attention to basic body needs stress dramatically improve the function of our brain and nervous system.
There are a couple of basic rules that serve most neuropathy and chronic pain patients very well.
First, let’s talk a little about water consumption. An easy rule of thumb is to consume one half your body weight in ounces during 24-hour period.
So if we weigh hundred and eighty pounds, we should drink ninety ounces of water (or non-alcohol liquids) in a 24-hour period.
Remember, coffee, tea, and alcohol can cause us to lose fluid more rapidly so go easy here. No circumstances should diet or other soft drinks be consumed.
Next, the mainstay or proper fueling is eating every 2 to 3 hours maximum. Getting used to smaller meals, and adding low carbohydrate snacks such as several nuts, one half of an apple or other low carb fruit etc. can help us feel much better.
The reason for this is it help us maintain normal blood sugar levels, and also helps us to burn fat more efficiently.
What a lot of people don’t understand is eating infrequently makes us much more efficient at producing body fat.
So conversely, eating more frequently makes us feel better, and helps fuel us much more efficiently.
This is also what helps us fight things like diabetes, and metabolic syndrome that as you already know complicate many health problems and make neuropathy and pain worse.
Like everything, there are exceptions to these rules. For example if you’re insulin-dependent you need to match your insulin dosage against your carbohydrate consumption very carefully.
Likewise suffer from kidney or heart disease you may need to be more careful with fluid consumption. Always follow your doctor’s orders.
Try these simple suggestions starting today, and see how much better you may feel within just a few days.
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