Dealing with neuropathy can be extremely challenging. One of the first steps to living with neuropathy is avoiding certain practices that exponentially worsen the condition. Read on to get a better idea of the habits you should kick to ensure a better quality of life.
Dr. Jeffrey McWhorter
Eating Unhealthy Foods and Smoking Cigarettes
One of the worst things that neuropathy patients can do for their long-term health and symptom management is having a poor diet. The food you eat is incredibly important for your health and wellness, and we all know how bad over-processed foods can be for your health.
Foods like processed grains, sugary snacks, excessive alcohol, and fatty meats do not provide sufficient micronutrients for optimal functioning and wellness. It’s better to focus on certain foods that can naturally ease inflammation that is often linked to chronic pain and neuropathy and look for foods that provide essential nutrients to encourage tissue healing.
Rather than eating a bunch of junk food or over-processed foods, make sure your diet includes whole foods, vegetables, and raw fruits.
Many neuropathy patients are chronic cigarette smokers, which can be terrible for your symptoms. Smoking can restrict blood flow throughout the body and exacerbate neuropathy symptoms due to reduced oxygen levels in the blood. It can be challenging to kick a tobacco habit, but it can greatly improve your symptom management and can help you find long-term relief. It’s in your best interest to quit smoking for your overall health and your neuropathy symptoms.
Through our work, we’ve also realized that many neuropathy patients will downplay or even ignore neuropathy symptoms altogether. This is a more common occurrence among men, but these individuals may disregard symptoms like cramps, numbness, muscle weakness, and other neuropathy symptoms because they hope the symptoms will go away on their own. This is a poor decision. If you notice any neuropathy symptoms, you need to see a specialist sooner rather than later. Early intervention and management are crucial for slowing progression and improving quality of life.
Along a similar line of thought, some individuals with neuropathy may initially seek treatment but later disregard their chiropractic treatment plan because they’re too busy, don’t want to go, or have experienced some symptom relief. However, this is a poor habit for your neuropathy symptoms too because skipping appointments and treatments can hinder your progress. It’s critical to maintain your physical health and you can only do that by sticking to your treatment plans.
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