Inositol and Neuropathy – Learn About Another Former Vitamin

Inositol and Neuropathy – Learn About Another Former Vitamin

If you have been following the NeuropathyDR Diet, you are likely getting plenty of inositol from nuts and plants.

Inositol is kind of an interesting nutrient; 20 plus years ago, I actually used it to treat diabetic neuropathy. In just a little bit, you’ll understand why.

VeggiesInositol was once considered a vitamin, or a substance we must get from our diet. Well, modern chemistry unraveled that most of us can produce enough in our own bodies.

We actually synthesize this mainly in healthy kidneys, from glucose, a simple sugar. From here, certain forms of inositol help make key molecules, or building blocks neuropathy patients need to know about.

Inositol is very important in helping us break down fats and reduce serum cholesterol.

It also positively affects the impact of insulin on key cells, hence its role in helping treatment along in diabetic neuropathy.

Insulin is the hormone produced by our pancreas that normally allows us to control blood sugar levels, and store fat, among other things.

This also is why it can be helpful in PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, as it can enhance the function of insulin that is critical to those who suffer this disorder. It has also helped postmenopausal women with the abnormal lipid profiles common to metabolic syndrome and “dyslipidemia”, or elevated “bad” blood fats.

Because of inositol’s’ role in nerve and brain function, large dosages have been used to treat depression, and even bipolar disorder.

Now just because we can produce some inositol on our own does not mean we don’t need to look at dietary sources. The good news is if you have been following the NeuropathyDR Diet, you are likely getting plenty from nuts and plants.

Fruits can be relatively good sources too, but eating too much fruit is discouraged due to the high sugar content of some. Still, because there is a track record of this helping diabetic neuropathy and other patients, we’ll sometimes add additional amounts in dietary supplements.

This is just another example of why consuming a healthy diet and if needed physician supervised supplements can be critical—and GOOD medicine for many neuropathy and all of us!

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Vitamin A The Forgotten Key Nutrient

Vitamin A The Forgotten Key Nutrient

We often tell patients and doctors that Vitamin A is the forgotten key nutrient. Vitamin A does not get nearly the press or media time it deserves.

This key nutrient is  responsible in a large part for healthy skin and epithelial cells. Those little guys are the cells which line our mouth, GI tract and even our lungs. This is why you now see so many skin lotions and skin drugs with Vitamin A derivatives.

Vitamin A is also needed if or a normal healthy immune system. In fact, during times of infection, we’ll often suggest patients take some very large amounts but just for a few days. There are however serious CAUTIONS with Vitamin A and it’s precursor beta carotene supplementation!

If you are female, pregnant or of childbearing age you need to know excess Vitamin A is teratogenic, meaning it can cause birth defects.

This is why we advise chid bearing age women take natal only formulas and be sure these are used exclusively for at least 6 months before conception. In addition to having limited Vitamin a, these formulas also contain extra Folic acid which helps prevent birth defects.

The next caution is that excess Vitamin A can be TOXIC, possibly more so in liver disease. Vitamin A  Is one of the fat soluble vitamins, so it hangs around in our bodies a good bit longer than things like most B vitamins. So please work with your own health pros here on key dosages for you .

Deficiencies in this key nutrient are more likely in malabsorbtion syndromes and bowel diseases. But, if you are following the NeuropathyDR Diet & Lifestyle Plan you should be in good shape, as long as you are frequently eating carotenes, especially found in leafy green and brightly colored vegetables. Sweet potatoes are actually one of the best! We rarely advise beta carotene in high supplement amounts as a healthy diet is by far the best and likely safest.

Because Vitamin A is so critical to immune function it has roles in prevention of infection,  many cancers, eye and skin disease as well.

So know you know! Don’t ignore this key nutrient! Pay careful attention to your daily vegetable and supplement intakes and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how good you can feel and look!

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The NeuropathyDR Diet and Chronic Pain Reduction Guide

The NeuropathyDR Diet and Chronic Pain Reduction Guide

How Do You Keep What You’re Eating From Eating You?

 

The key is beginning and staying with the NeuropathyDR Diet & Lifestyle!

The most common nutrition question we get when patients begin to understand the impact their diet has on overall health is

“What do I eat, and when?”

So, what I’m doing today is to describe a typical day of meals and snacks for a patient who is following the NeuropathyDR Diet, which is simple, easy to modify and add variety to on a regular basis. Controlling body weight and blood sugar levels by diet, exercise and lifestyle has a profound effect on your ability to heal and stay as healthy as possible in so many diseases, neuropathy and other forms of chronic pain.

YOU NEED TO KNOW: More and more research says avoiding or minimizing animal products is crucial to health and longevity but you MUST be sure key blood nutrient levels are monitored!!! At a minimum, before starting care we urge you to let us check your labs, (CBC), HbA1C, complete urine with microscopic exam, liver, kidney and thyroid function tests, Vitamin D, Folate, B-12, Iron and often B6 and homocysteine levels. DO NOT SELF DIAGNOSE & TREAT without expert guidance. Most of us may also require some supervised daily dietary supplementation.

Let’s start with Breakfast

It is very important to consume some protein within one half hour of arising. The reason for this is that it helps stimulate metabolism, protein synthesis, and mental alertness. It also helps us burn fuel more efficiently. My favorite breakfast is a vegetable protein shake, using a dairy-free protein powder with almond or coconut milk. Another good breakfast is a measured serving of gluten-free granola taking care to keep carbohydrates between 15 and 20g maximum. You could also use a measured serving of gluten-free steel-cut oatmeal.

No more than three hours later, have a snack again, not exceeding 15g of carbs. This could include one half apple or banana, seven or eight almonds for other nuts, etc… Some packaged protein or nut bars can be fine if the carb content is low.

Lunch should universally be some form of salad and vegetables. 

You can mix this up with your favorite greens. You could use baby spinach or mixed greens. Organic broccoli is high in protein and can be mixed with a few vegan “meatballs”. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil, some almonds or walnuts, You can use tofu or tempeh or other pant based protein from vegetarian sources.

No more than three hours later, have an additional snack, along the same lines as your mid-morning.

When dinnertime comes, this is the time to emphasize non-starchy vegetables

Some of the best are cooked spinach, broiled or sautéed asparagus, cabbage, beets, squashes, yams, and sweet potatoes, and so on. Keep high carb starches, such as rice and white potatoes, to a minimum.

Three hours after dinner, have another small healthy snack. This time, try some cashews, walnuts or pistacios. A few gluten-free crackers with some almond or cashew butter can also be used.  There are also low carbohydrate gluten-free cookies—just be careful not to eat the entire bag, which is easy to do! Another really good choice to satisfy your evening cravings is a small square or two of unsweetened dark chocolate.

So, what’s NOT here?

Well there is no dairy, cheese, or cows milk yogurt. There is no regular consumption of bread; there are no snack foods, soda, or chips. There are no ice creams or pies for dessert. There are no fruit juices, candy, or other sweets. Plant diets are best!

Consider periodic fasts with your doctors help and consent.

More and more research is showing value in periodic fasts of 8-16 hours and sometimes longer. But you CAN get into serious trouble if you are diabetic or on certain medications.

Do you see where we are going here? The fact of the matter is, poor choice of foods is probably responsible for more ill health and disease than any other single factor in the modern developed world.

The key is beginning and staying with the program. Don’t worry about the very rare weekend, or party. Just always stay trying not to go berserk. Be especially careful during holiday periods.

Most of us should consume half our body weight in ounces of clear liquids, most especially (filtered) water, during any 24-hour period.

Be especially careful not to overdo coffee and tea. Limit alcohol consumption to occasional low sugar wine or beer, and very rarely stronger adult beverages.

Once you make a shift, you will realize how simple, easy, and inexpensive this approach to eating–for all of us. 

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Why “Hydration” is So Crucial to Feeling Our Best.

Why “Hydration” is So Crucial to Feeling Our Best.

Maintaining adequate hydration can help us feel best!

Almost invariably when we see a new chronic pain patients in our practice, we discuss health habits and we find more often than not, failure to drink adequate amount of water is almost universal.

So why is that? Why would not drinking enough water tend to cause more widespread pains? There are several reasons and the answers are not complicated. You see the vast majority of our body is made of water. Blood and all the critical fluids keep us functioning like well-oiled machines.

Our kidneys, brain and all our other vital organs use these fluids to communicate and also perform daily purification’s.

But yet most of us don’t pay nearly enough attention to this key fact.

So rather than going through our days drinking fluids, most especially water that will keep our blood and fluid volumes high, we tend to over consume caffeine and worse yet soft drinks and perhaps even alcohol which depletes our water reserves even further.

If we don’t drink enough water we can suffer an impaired ability of our vital organs like kidneys and liver that help rid our bodies of toxic wastes. Dehydration can help make us stiff sore and uncomfortable.

If you already suffer from neuropathy or chronic pain, becoming even slightly dehydrated will make you feel a whole lot worse.

So how much water do you need to drink? In the absence of kidney or heart disease the proverbial eight glasses a day is about right. A more accurate consumption is approximately half your body weight in ounces in a 24-hour period.* This is not 100 percent accurate but it’s a darn good approximation. So for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’d be consuming approximately 75 ounces of no-alcohol fluids (mostly water!) during the course of the daily 24-hour period.

There are of course other factors which may require more or less water consumption. This of course includes how much you perspire, the outside air temperature, and yes even the humidity.

As always you need to work with your physician on your own personal medical issues that you may have questions or concerns about. We so often find simple blood and urine tests which measure your electrolytes and relative hydration are a big help in personally calculating best fluid recommendations! Working together by maintaining adequate hydration can help you suffer less chronic pain and maybe neuropathy pain too!

*DO NOT exceed fluid recommendations of your physician if you have heart, electrolyte or kidney issues especially!!!

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Help Your Body “Detoxify” Naturally

Help Your Body “Detoxify” Naturally

One of the things that is very popular after the first of the year in many people are weight loss and exercise programs and even “detoxify” plans are right up top. New Year’s resolutions and intentions are made shortly after the holidays, and usually fizzle out by the middle of February. This is common behavior.

But there is part of this strategy you need to know that can be dangerous, especially if you have neuropathy, fibromyalgia or chronic pain. In particular, don’t put yourself at risk by consuming dietary shakes, or pills of the compounds which contain multiple combinations of herbs. The reality is the interaction of all these together is not well known at all. In fact, some are downright toxic.

We have seen a 20 year old patient develop peripheral neuropathy after consuming a “diet shake” just for a week. Impossible? No in fact, more and more younger patients are showing up in emergency rooms after consuming energy and diet drinks, more than ever.

This is also one of the reasons that you will not find any herbal preparation in either the supplements or topical preparations we suggest and use in our clinic’s every day.

The reality is, with healthy daily living you’ll “detoxify” naturally every single day, and keep your weight off! For most patients, following the NeuropathyDR Diet, the carbohydrate control we advise by minimizing breads, pastas, rice, chips and so on, adding physical activity and exercise wherever possible can make an enormous difference in weight control.

One other thing, be honest with yourself! If you have diligently followed our diet especially following card control but still have difficulty with your weight then it’s possible there’s some other factors at work. These need to be identified and worked out often with lab tests and a diligent physical exam.

Stay away from “detox” and rapid weight-loss programs. Sometimes, these can really aggravate underlying neuropathy and chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. The reason is some of the the so-called “detox programs” may actually “pull” potential toxins in from your body faster, resulting in higher concentrations and ultimately aggravating your condition.

Finally, it is a really good idea to warn your children of the dangers of consuming “diet and energy” drinks.

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Healthy Goal Setting for the New Year

Have you ever started the New Year with a healthy goal and then fallen flat of your face? Well guess what, so have millions…billions of others all around the world. In fact, we all want to have the best expectations of ourselves, but too often, stress and the work load of life get in our way.

Sometimes we think stress and such are preventing us from getting where we want to go. In fact, the blatant truth is, we are what gets in the way.

You might wonder why we are our own worst problem. The fact is, that can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes. But, the fact remains, that’s the truth. It comes down to our own choices and self-discipline.

In order to achieve, be the best we can be and accomplish our goals (whatever they may be), we have to take care of the front lines first. That means US!

Your ability to care for yourself, plan your path and stay the course is what determines whether you will achieve that New Year healthy goal.

Helping you take excellent care of the whole you is just one of the things that we excel at.  Our team thrives on helping our readers and our patients to be the best they can be. Those who suffer with neuropathy and chronic pain sometimes strive just to make it through the day. So, how do we control pain and move to being our best?

Using healthy goal setting is the way to start. Here are just a few ideas that our patients have shown success with. Take a look at some of our recommendations and try one out for yourself. Fulfilling healthy goals will begin to help your pain.

Healthy Goals and Pain

The truth is, whether you suffer with:

  • peripheral neuropathy
  • chronic pain due to arthritis
  • chemotherapy induced neuropathy
  • diabetic neuropathy

You can improve that number one healthy goal and gain better control of your pain and symptoms.

Some of the best ways are to use a holistic approach to your own self-care. Furthermore, through practices such as nutritional health, relaxation measures and healthy, but appropriate exercises, you can meet those healthy goals for the New Year. You can accomplish whatever it is you are seeking.

Check out some of our earlier information on nutritional health here.

Whatever your healthy goal setting holds for the New Year, it’s always helpful to have support.

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