According to Healthline, “Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that causes weakness, pain, and numbness in your extremities (typically the hands and feet).” This occurs due to the damage of your peripheral nerves, which alters your body’s responses to things like temperature and pain.
Nerve damage can be scary, but we here at Agape Nutrition have compiled two key ways you can relieve peripheral neuropathy naturally.
Note: Please consult your doctor or medical care provider if you think you have any of these symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. If you are already being treated for neuropathy, consult your medical care provider before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle. Some supplements may react poorly with your current medication. Your healthcare plan should be catered to your specific needs and medical history, which your primary physician will be able to provide guidance on.
Supplements like Vitamin B are essential to your nerve health, which can be negatively affected by nutrient deficiency. Sunlight or Vitamin D deficiency can also cause neuropathy. By adding these two vitamins into your diet (whether through sunlight exposure, citrus consumption, pill or powder form), you will be able to combat your nerve pain naturally. Vitamin B and Vitamin D are accessible and readily available at most grocery and general merchandise retailers, as well as at Agape Nutrition!
Cayenne Pepper or a capsaicin supplement can, according to Healthline,
“decrease the intensity of pain signals sent throughout the body”. These can also be found readily available at your grocery store or general merchandise retailers in either spice or supplement form.
Living a ‘healthy lifestyle’ can be incredibly subjective, but for the purposes of this article, we mean three things: exercising daily, avoiding harmful substances, and taking time for yourself. Exercise can help manage your blood sugar and, subsequently, diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of neuropathy. A healthy diet filled with antioxidants and high-fiber foods will also aid in managing diabetes and promote better overall health. Limiting your consumption of alcohol and nicotine will also help in decreasing your neuropathy symptoms.
Taking time for yourself is paramount to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is a few minutes at a time or in one-hour chunks, making sure you have time to rest and rejuvenate yourself—mind and body—can help greatly decrease your neuropathy symptoms. Meditation can also reduce the severity of your symptoms by training your body to manage its pain and stress better. This can be as simple as sitting quietly with some soft classical music or a short guided meditation on your break at work. Slowing down for just a few minutes can be the difference in pain levels that takes your neuropathy from painful to manageable. Additionally, a warm bath is also shown to decrease nerve pain as blood flow throughout your body increases.
Managing your peripheral neuropathy doesn’t have to be difficult. By making these slight adjustments to your lifestyle, you can be feeling better in no time.