We all know that we don’t eat the way we used to, processed foods have taken over our pantries, and we put up with a lot of minor aches and pains. There’s a good chance the two are related.
Did you know deficiencies in certain vitamins may cause neuropathy?
Neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerves, either by trauma, by the effects of diabetes, by some chemo treatment drugs, and by nutritional deficiencies.
What is Neuropathy? In
Good for you.
Modern medicine is miraculous, but doctors don’t always have the time to educate us on all the possibilities. This means that the kind of neuropathy caused by nutritional deficiencies is often lumped in with the other forms and treated the same. It’s up to us as patients to ask questions, do some research and find answers. So if you have neuropathy and you are not on chemo treatments or have diabetes, and you haven’t had a traumatic injury, you could be deficient in key nutrients that promote healthy nerves.
Nerves rebel when they are not functioning properly.
It’s all in our genes. Unfortunately, some of us have an abnormality in the gene that instructs our bodies to heal and ward off toxins. This gene (identified as MTHFR, and easily remembered as the Mother of All Genes) doesn’t always do its job. For some reason it works at half-capacity, not processing enzymes fully and leaving toxins in our body.
Let’s get back to nutrition.
Every cell in our body, every gene, needs the proper nutrients to function at full capacity. When we abuse our bodies with unhealthy substances, we accelerate the aging process. But even if we are healthy and have this slight gene abnormality, we can suffer from neuropathy if we don’t boost the nutrients the gene needs, and avoid the toxins that exacerbate the problem.
It’s a combination of what you put in your body, and what you don’t.
First, the don’ts: Avoid processed foods and foods that have been “fortified.” Avoid folic acid. Sounds simple enough, you’ll just have to become good at reading labels. A good rule of thumb is to go with “all natural” foods.
What to eat: Foods rich in natural
And supplements: Vitamins B12, D3, C, B6
OK, if that sounds like too much to keep track of, all of those vitamins and key ingredients are found in
Here’s more good news.
New research is being done every day, and we’re learning that even neuropathy in diabetes patients is alleviated with
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