How Can I Relieve Neuropathy? (a.k.a. “nerve pain”, “neuralgia”, “neuritis”)

Do You Get Burning, Radiating, Or Shooting Pains?
Numbness Or Tingling
In Your Hands Or Feet?

The strategies in this video can help you control neuropathy and have less nerve pain, less anxiety, and an overall better quality of life...

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy (a.k.a. nerve pain, neuralgia, neurtis) is often presents as a burning, shooting, or radiating pain, or numbness, tingling, or coldness in the hands or feet.

What are the causes of neuropathy?

Neuropathy can be cause by a variety of factors. Neuropathy, is often associated with diabetes, because high blood sugar can cause low grade systemic infections that affect the nerves, but diabetes is not the only cause of neruopathy. Neuropathy can be caused by compression on nerves or "pinched nerves", infections, dietary or environmental exposure to toxins.

Your nervous system is powered by converting glucose (blood sugar) to energy.  The process used to convert glucose to energy requires oxygen in order to be efficient.  Your nervous system takes up 2% of your body mass, but it consumes 20% of your total oxygen! Failure to have enough oxygen during this process causes a build-up of lactic acid and other chemicals which can give the "burning" pain associated with neuropathy.  Therefore, both diet and a sufficient supply of oxygen are vital to optimal nerve function.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy (a.k.a. nerve pain, neuralgia, neurtis) is often presents as a burning, shooting, or radiating pain, or numbness, tingling, or coldness in the hands or feet.

What are the causes of neuropathy?

Neuropathy can be cause by a variety of factors. Neuropathy, is often associated with diabetes, because high blood sugar can cause low grade systemic infections that affect the nerves, but diabetes is not the only cause of neruopathy. Neuropathy can be caused by compression on nerves or "pinched nerves", infections, dietary or environmental exposure to toxins.

Your nervous system is powered by converting glucose (blood sugar) to energy.  The process used to convert glucose to energy requires oxygen in order to be efficient.  Your nervous system takes up 2% of your body mass, but it consumes 20% of your total oxygen! Failure to have enough oxygen during this process causes a build-up of lactic acid and other chemicals which can give the "burning" pain associated with neuropathy.  Therefore, both diet and a sufficient supply of oxygen are vital to optimal nerve function.

Diaphragmatic Breathing Can Be Helpful For Relieving Pain From Neuopathy

Diaphragmatic breathing, or "deep breathing" can be helpful for pain relief.  Diaphragmatic breathing has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be helpful for controlling pain, decreasing anxiety, and improving quality of life.

Steps to Effective Diaphragmatic Breathing To Help With Neuropathy

  1. Lay on your back with knees bent
  2. Put one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest.
  3. Push your belly out as you breath in allowing air to flow into your lungs.  You should feel your belly rise, but the hand on your chest should not move much.
  4. Pause briefly when you have fully inhaled.
  5. Allow your belly to naturally fall as you breath out.
  6. Repeat the process above breathing in slowly, holding for a second or two and then breathing out.
  7. Don't worry about counting seconds or repetitions, just focus your attention on the rise and fall of your belly and try to keep any other thoughts from entering your mind.

You can (and should) breath in this manner throughout the day as you are going through your daily tasks, but setting aside 5-10 minute per day just to intentionally breath in and breath out can be helpful for relieving stress and anxiety.

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Nutritional Strategies For Relief From Neuropathy

The brain and nervous system run on glucose, so the nervous system requires an appropriate supply of carbohydrates to turn into glucose.  However, excessively elevated blood sugar, particularly when this becomes chronic (such as in the case of diabetes) can cause irritation in the gut and cause low-grade systemic infections which can be a trigger of neuropathy symptoms.

How many carbohydrates do you need?  It depends on a lot of things including age, gender, muscle mass, activity level, and insulin sensitivity just to name a few, but  eating a variety of fruits and vegetables with low to moderate amounts of whole unprocessed grains should provide enough carbohydrates for most people.  Avoid excessive sugar and processed grains (flours, baked goods, etc).

Dietary Toxins Can Trigger Neuropathy Symptoms

Certain dietary toxins can also trigger neuropathy.  Heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead, arsenic, copper, and nickel  can be found in larger, cold water fish such as swordfish, king mackeral, marlin, and tuna.  These foods are healthy in moderation because they are rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but limit your portions to no more than 2-3 servings per week.  Salmon, cod, and sardines are lower-mercury options for seafood lovers!

Preservatives and seasonings such as MSG (monosodium glutimate), sometimes found on nutritioal labels as "glutimate" can also have negative effects on your nervous system.  Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in many bakes products and sweeteners, particularly Equal brand sweetener and other ones that come in blue packets or boxes.  In general, avoiding highly processed foods will help you avoid all of these triggers.

So What Should I Eat?

In general a diet including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, high-quality, low-fat protein from animal or vegetable sources, and low-to-moderate amounts of whole unprocessed grains is a good baseline.  However, due to the decreased nutrient concentration of the soil in modern-day farming, usually some sort of supplementation is needed.  Additionally, every person's nutritional needs and sensitivities are unique.  Wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, and corn are some common food sensitivities, but this does not mean that everyone needs to restrict these foods from their diets.  You can find out which specific foods trigger your symptoms by either an elimination diet or through specific food sensitivity testing.  Talking to a health professional is advised in either of these cases.

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For the FASTEST route to relief from your neuropathy symptoms, choose one of the options tomorrow...

FREE Phone Consultation!

Not sure if we can help with YOUR neuropathy sympstom? We would be happy to discuss your symptoms and answer any questions you have to help you decide if we're your BEST option!

FREE Discovery Visit!

Would you prefer an in-person assessment of your neuropathy? Get a FREE Discovery Visit to discover the ROOT CAUSE of your neuropathy symptoms & what can be done to  help them!