Nutrition’s Role in Neuropathy….Neuropathy has a wide variety of causes, and nutritional causes are a major subset of it. Neuropathy is typically your first diagnosis when patients complain with symptoms like numbness, pin-and-needle sensation, burning sensations, pain or loss of sensations. When it affects the nerves supplying the muscles, it may result in weakness of muscle, muscle atrophy, lack of fine muscle control which may result in many symptoms depending on which muscles are affected.
But one cause of peripheral neuropathy that is not readily thought to be associated with neuropathy is food allergy. The association between food allergy and neuropathy is often overlooked because only recently conclusive evidence from research has become available establishing a certain link between neuropathy and allergic response to certain food items.
The most common culprits so far are derivatives of glutamic acid and aspartic acid, gluten, pesticides on fruits and vegetables and food coloring dyes. One very common artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is used in fruit juices, diabetic food and numerous other products, is one of the most commonly recognized allergen triggering symptoms of neuropathy, but this also affects the auditory nerve, causing tinnitus. Consumption of large quantities greatly increases the chances of having the neuropathy. Often, stopping the consumption of aspartame cures the symptoms almost entirely.
Many more agents commonly found in food may cause an allergic response which may present as neuropathy. The ones that are currently believed to be responsible for most of the cases are Azino-moto (Mono Sodium Glutamate) which is commonly used in Chinese foods, gluten found in wheat containing edible items, some coloring dyes used in foods. Not only these, but normal fully natural food items like fruits, eggs, and milk may be the cause of food allergy induced neuropathy. Often it may happen, that the tracking of the allergy causing food item may not be very simple and straightforward.
So what if your neuropathy is suspected to be due to food allergy? The main diagnostic test used is a Radioallergosorbent Test (RAST Test) which detects antibodies against “common” food allergens. Since not all antigens could be detected in 100% of cases, sometimes the treatment may involve just hit and trial in which suspected food items are stopped for few week and observed whether it alleviates the neuropathy.
Also it would be advisable to stop common known allergens like aspartame, MSG, food dyes, and gluten and observe if the symptoms are alleviated by this. Also thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables before consuming, as pesticides present on them could be the cause.
If you are one of the many thousands of sufferers of Neuropathy, you know all to well that numbness and tinglingis still a pain to deal with. Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that is characterized by altered sensation or a change in motor control of a body part. The nerve becomes irritated or damaged and it no longer conducts the messages it should. If your neuropathy is left untreated, it will begin to affect your quality of life.
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Do You Have a Neuropathy Treatment Plan?….
Do you have a written Neuropathy Treatment Plan?….If you or someone you love suffers from peripheral neuropathy, you know how devastating this condition can be. You probably are also aware of the immense life changes a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy can bring.
But the good news is, as you read on these pages repeatedly there is a whole lot you can learn to better deal with your peripheral neuropathy.
This is where having a written neuropathy treatment plan goes along way. In fact you could apply this to almost any illness.
Here’s what to do next:
First of all take out a large piece of paper, or even on mobile phone. Actually, in this stage I am a huge fan of mobile notes sync across all devices.
On your treatment plan should first be all your known risk factors. This would include things like cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption, inactivity, and perhaps diabetes. Maybe there are other known factors, such as consumption of medications known to produce peripheral neuropathy.
Once you have your list, then you need to divide it into things that you can change. The very next thing you need to do is to prioritize your neuropathy treatment plan.
For example what is having the biggest impact on your health? For some it’s diet, others it’s lingering bad habits like cigarettes or soda. You probably have a real good idea what yours is.
This is the very first thing, although perhaps the most difficult that you need to do first. After you have identified your worst health item, the very next thing is taking the action steps to fix it.
By first developing a neuropathy treatment plan and then using your own willpower and discipline, along with the help from your family and healthcare professionals, you can do a whole lot to help yourself feel better and function better!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your neuropathy doctor. Everyone is on your team!
And this really is the entire premise of the Beating Neuropathy family. We are here to help and support you!
What we do know however is those who use written neuropathy treatment plans and not only work off them but share them with their neuropathy treatment specialists have a far better chance at not only feeling better, but regaining significant quality of life….To that end, we are here to support you!
Dr. John Hayes, Jr. is an Evvy Award Nominee and author of “Living and Practicing by Design” and the bestseller “Beating Neuropathy-Taking Misery to Miracles in Just 5 Weeks!”