Get Started on a proper neuropathy diet plan today!
One main factor in many cases of peripheral neuropathy is diet. You probably know that neuropathy is linked to diabetes and other conditions where daily intake of sugars and nutrients is essential, but your diet can also influence the condition of nerves in more direct ways, such as in cases where a nutritional deficiency is causing nerve damage.
The Mayo Clinic recommends a diet high in fruits and vegetables for people who suffer from neuropathy. We go a step further as the research on health and longevity is very clear, plant-based is best by far. Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients that may be very beneficial!
Additionally, if you suffer from diabetes, fresh produce can mellow your blood sugar levels. Keep pre-cut fruit and vegetables at the ready, so you don’t have to worry about the stress involved with preparing them! Just be careful of too much fruit sugar in one sitting. A single serving would be 1/2 apple, banana, etc.*
Most non-starchy vegetables like greens and asparagus especially are great for most of us. A deficiency of Vitamin E can happen in cases where malabsorption or malnutrition is taking place, such as the case of alcoholic neuropathy. Low-carb granolas, whole grains in small portions, and some nuts are all excellent sources of vitamin E.
Lean proteins are also an important part of a healthy diet for people with neuropathy. Saturated fats and fried foods increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease and may aggravate neuropathy due to changes in circulation over time.
If you suffer from diabetes, lean proteins from beans and tofu and occasional fish also help to regulate blood sugar levels. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines are good for maintaining levels of Omega-3 acids, healthy fats the body needs but cannot produce on its own. We strongly suggest you limit this to once or twice a week.
So, what are the best ways to monitor what you are eating?
The easiest way is to keep a food journal. Record everything you eat at meals, for snacks, and any vitamin supplements you might be taking. Your journal will help you and your NeuropathyDR® clinician determine if your diet could be a factor in your neuropathy symptoms!
As a bonus, food journaling is a great way to be accountable for your overall nutrition, as well as to help avoid dietary-related conditions other than neuropathy. If you have a goal for weight loss, weight gain, or better overall energy, those are other areas in which keeping a food journal can help!
Other ways to monitor what you eat include cooking at home as opposed to going out to restaurants, keeping a shopping list instead of deciding what groceries to buy at the store, and consulting your licensed NeuropathyDR® clinician about the best ways to meet your specific needs.
Dietary supplements may help manage neuropathy symptoms and slow or in mild cases may help reverse nerve degeneration. For example, B Vitamins, particularly vitamin B-12, are often helpful but this alone is not a treatment plan. Supplementing with fish oil can help replenish Omega-3 fatty acids, which are important if you suffer from type-II diabetes but in some people can cause health issues. Many other key supplements can be beneficial if you suffer from neuropathy. Just be sure to consult your NeuropathyDR® clinician for lab testing and if necessary specific to your supplement recommendations.
Read more about carb control and daily meal content and planning by printing out your copy of the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan HERE.
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