Food, and especially quality food, has a very big effect upon the function of our bodies, especially the brain and nervous system.
Neuropathy, like many painful disorders, can have a direct connection with diet quality. The most common types of neuropathy are related to diabetes, and its relative: metabolic syndrome. But we know that good food quality helps neuropathy patients function and often feel better!
Once upon a time when our ancestors roamed the earth we were hunter-gatherers. Humans ate from fields, trees, and where available, lakes, streams and of course the ocean.
Not that this was ever easy, as diseases and starvation have been killers for centuries. But the basis of human diets was basically plants, and whenever available animals, eggs and fish. Nuts from trees were harvested and celebrated!
Now, humans roam the supermarket aisles filling their baskets often times with nothing resembling our early days. Too often, we shop with little thought. That is until we don’t feel well or face a health crisis.
And yes, even neuropathy patients can make the mistake of thinking that diet doesn’t matter!
Here’s the basic problem with thinking that way and blindly shopping: too many calories, sugars and sweets including soft drinks, all of which can aggravate many forms of neuropathy.
So what’s the best diet? As close to our ancestors as possible! That means neuropathy patients do best with a plant (vegetable) based diet.
If you shop the outside aisles in the market, you’ll find all you need except for things like coffee, tea and spices. You can pick from vegetables like spinach, broccoli and asparagus. Minimize starchy veggies like carrots and potatoes.
Grab low sugar fruits like apples, melon and in season items like peaches, pears, etc.
Then, grab a bag each of walnuts and almonds. Stop by the deli for fresh fish maybe some poultry.
Finally, circle around and grab some soy, almond or rice milk.
Follow this plan and avoid dairy, breads, cheeses, processed meats, etc.
Next time, we’ll talk about why this neuropathy diet approach may be the best of all!
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