There’s no shortage of advice on the internet. It’s hard to sift truth from fact when more and more users with wide interests congregate in mere seconds. Who’s to say what’s real and what’s fact? And with all the stress of not knowing how to discern truth from bias, it’s hard to figure out what you actually should be doing to slow the progression of your neuropathy.
Let's make this short and sweet: 10 things NOT to do when trying to keep neuropathy under control.
This one’s a no-brainer. If you do nothing, you continue on how you always have, the damage to your nerves will continue and your body will continue to deteriorate, and damage to nerve nuclei can become irreparable. Unless there is sufficient time without threat for neurons to recover the integrity of the myelin sheath and nerve pathways in your body, neuropathy will get worse. Neuropathy isn’t just going to go away.
2. Eat Poorly
This is not just because of the connection of neuropathy to diabetes. Your diet needs to be well-rounded to fuel your body’s core functions- like cell repair. That means a full panel of vitamins and minerals to aid your body in the synthesis of energy. Processed foods are out-of-the-question too. They’re often devoid of natural nutrients you need, and being processed you can never tell what’s actually in them.
3. Eat sugary things.
High blood sugar is toxic to your nerves. It causes unnecessary inflammation, compressing and deconstructing the nerves’ protective myelin sheaths. Kidney disease is common in diabetics, as is blindness and amputation, as inflammation grows and the message-transmitting nerve axons melt away.
4. Take Statins.
Your brain and nerves require cholesterol for daily functions- the myelin sheath that protects much of your body’s nerves is made in glial cells near them. 25% of the cholesterol in the human body is held by the brain- and the rest must be produced by the nerve tissues. Myelin insulates nerves, allowing signals to pass between your body’s organic circuitry. Statins are often prescribed for patients with high cholesterol levels- high cholesterol is definitively tied to heart disease and other potentially life-threatening conditions, so doctors do rely on them to reduce the amount of cholesterol within the body. If neuropathy is already a concern for you, it’s important to speak with your physician on the next steps you can take to lower the amount of cholesterol in your blood. (Hint: you can reduce it by eating healthy!)
5. Drink too much caffeine and consume stimulants.
Caffeine is a stimulant, the world’s most-consumed psychoactive drug. Stimulants work directly to affect your nervous system. Unfortunately, it may be doing damage as well- it can be a stressor. It increases blood pressure and can cause shaking, anxiety, headaches, dizziness, and insomnia. Caffeine is a diuretic, which can quickly expel salt and water from your body, both of which are essential to nerve functions.
6. Be a couch potato.
Yes, it’s very hard to exercise when your every move is excruciating. Hopefully, you’re not yet that bad off! We're here to prevent neuropathy from getting worse. Exercising is vital to keep blood efficiently pumping through your system, keeping muscles from atrophy. Stretching can help you keep your nerves in good condition. Neuropathy typically happens in the hands and feet, which are the furthest from the heart, and in turn, get the least amount of oxygen and support. It’s important to keep your heart strong to reach your extremities! Exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, leading to less physical pressure on your nerves, and hopefully, less neuropathy.
7. Under-do (or overdo) Vitamin B-12.
Almost all diabetics are deficient in Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Vitamin B-12. B-12 is crucial to boost the formation of myelin. However, too much b-12 can increase the risk of cardiovascular events in those with diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease) and can be dangerous for those with blood-related diseases, pregnant women, and those with kidney and liver disease. Be sure to chat with your doctor on safe levels.
8. Ignore your pre-existing conditions.
If you don’t do what you can to treat your pre-existing conditions, nerves will continue to degenerate and your neuropathy will get worse. Don’t ignore what your body tells you.
9. Drink and smoke.
Drinking contributes to the destruction of your liver and kidneys, both of which are necessary to filter and provide oxygen through the bloodstream, which you know aids the nerves. Smoking constricts blood vessels- and you know that less oxygen will mean less energy to the nerve cells and less ability for the nerves to regrow.
10. Stay stressed and don’t relax!
Your mental state and physical state have a huge impact on the way your body responds. For example, you can be physically in a great state of health, but if your stress levels are high, your immune system can drop and you can have latent viruses resurge- like shingles, an infection that is painful and inflicts nerve discomfort and sores.
There are so many things you can do to try and combat your neuropathy. Stabilize blood sugar, correct nutrient deficiencies, exercise, eat healthily, and stay positive. To do that is to keep your nerves in the best place they can be without risking further damage. Now that you’ve got an action plan to prevent damage from getting any worse, it’s time to re-educate the nerve synapses you have to fire in the correct way. You could attempt acupuncture, massage, Anodyne, stem cell treatment, laser, FSM, IFC stimulation, PEMF… there are professional and conventional treatments available. Many could benefit the sensation that you experience. However, none of them will send the healing signal to your nerves that the ReBuilder® provides, stimulating the body’s natural circuitry to complete its pathways and allow neurons to regrow.