Eating smart, such as getting used to smaller meals, and adding low-carbohydrate snacks, can help neuropathy and chronic pain patients feel much better.
One of the things that most patients with neuropathy—and many patients with chronic pain—discover, is that keeping well-fueled and well-hydrated goes a long way towards possibly reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life!
Now, the reasons for this are many, but the bottom line is: paying better attention to basic body needs dramatically improves the function of our brain and nervous system.
There are a couple of basic rules that serve most neuropathy and chronic pain patients very well.
First, let’s talk a little about water consumption. An easy rule of thumb is to consume one half your body weight in ounces during a 24-hour period.
So, if we weigh a hundred and eighty pounds, we should drink ninety ounces of water (or non-alcohol liquids) in a 24-hour period.
Remember, coffee, tea, and alcohol can cause us to lose fluid more rapidly, so go easy here. Under no circumstances should diet or other soft drinks be consumed.
Next, the mainstay or proper fueling is eating every 2 to 3 hours’ maximum. Getting used to smaller meals, and adding low-carbohydrate snacks such as several nuts or one half of an apple or other low-carb fruit, can help us feel much better.
The reason for this is it helps us maintain normal blood sugar levels and helps us burn fat more efficiently.
What a lot of people don’t understand is eating infrequently makes us much more efficient at producing body fat.
So, conversely, eating more frequently makes us feel better—and helps fuel us much more efficiently.
This is also what helps us fight things like diabetes and metabolic syndrome—that, as you already know, complicate many health problems, and make neuropathy and pain worse.
Like everything, there are exceptions to these rules. For example, if you’re insulin-dependent, you need to match your insulin dosage against your carbohydrate consumption very carefully.
Likewise, if you suffer from kidney or heart disease, you may need to be more careful with fluid consumption. Always follow your doctor’s orders.
Try these simple suggestions starting today, and see how much better you may feel within just a few days!
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