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Lifestyle tips for populations with a higher probability for nerve impairments

Need a list of good habits? You may be surprised to see how big of an impact small lifestyle changes can have on your daily routine, from work to free time. You can really make the difference in your life taking care of your nerves and yourself.


That applies especially to who’s more likely to develop nerve impairment, such as diabetics, elderly, smokers, alcohol abusers and people with nutritional deficiencies. 


Although the development of nerve impairments like peripheral neuropathy is not predictable, you may try to keep your health in the best shape and your nerves healthy with simple lifestyle. 


Whether you belong to one of the groups of  people at risk or whether you don't, the best way to keep your nerves in good health is by controlling the development of any condition related to nerve impairments.


Avoid contact with toxins

Industrial chemicals and heavy metals (like lead, arsenic, thallium, and mercury) can be poisonous to human and animals and cause nerve impairments. So be aware of toxins and stay away from them!

Exercising regularly

You can just choose to walk instead of getting a car ride, walk your dog, go out with your friends, have a dancing evening... Your mood and your health will be positively affected, try and see!

Don't drink too much alcohol

It can lower your vitamin B12 level and also the level of other essential B vitamins. If you are diabetic, your have to know that on an empty stomach, alcohol can cause hypoglycaemia, so if you drink, do so only in moderation, and always eat a snack while you're drinking;

Check your B12 level regularly

All neurotropic B vitamins are essential for nerve health, however deficiency in vitamin B12 is more common. If you are a vegetarian, vegan or you follow special nutritional habits that can lead to deficiency in certain essential vitamin, check your level regularly. Ask your doctor if you need to assume supplementation or to adopt a better diet for your nerve health;

Don't smoke

For a lot of reason that you should already know, and also to prevent nerve damage;

Lose weight

It can lower blood sugar, give you more energy, lighten the load on feet and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. These are only few of the numerous advantages you can gain from losing some kilos! So what are you waiting for?

If you are diabetic, try to reduce consumption of candies

Sweets, soda drinks, white bread can increase the level of your blood sugar;

Avoiding repetitive motions and cramped position

If you have a job that requires you to stay sitting down for very long time, try to stand up and stretch your legs and arms for few minutes during the breaks. It's simpler to do it rather than explain it;

Follow your doctor’s advice for diet, exercise or before beginning any supplement or pharmaceutical regimen.


Following diet tips useful for your nerves


Good nutrition is often the first line to keep the level of essential vitamins and maintain your health. Also the level of neurotropic B vitamins, which are key for nerve health can be maintained by the right nutrition, when you are otherwise healthy. Of course, if you have an underlying disease which may affect your nerve health, healthy nutrition will not be sufficient.


However, the advised diet for healthy nerves is really no different than a standard balanced diet: whether or not you have a medical condition, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins can help you keeping nerves healthy. For additional treatments or supportive activities please talk to your doctor.


Include a variety of protein foods like seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds, and soy products. Eating meats, fish, eggs and low-fat dairy foods can help you preventing from vitamin B12 deficiency.
Limit added sugars, sodium, palm and coconut oils, cream, butter and every other processed foods containing them (crackers, candies, baked goods, cookies, granola bars, chips, snack foods, fried foods). For example, choose beverages with little added sugars and prepare low fat foods.
Spread your meals throughout the day, because skipping meals and overeating can send your blood sugar plunging - and then through the roof. If you’re diabetic check with your doctor what’s the best diet for you.
Choose whole grains and avoid refined grains. Try to replace refined grains (white rice, white bread, white pasta) with whole grains, including brown rice, beans, lentils, potatoes and corn tortillas. Whole grains are important B vitamins and fiber sources, essentials for your diet and very good for your nerves. Refined grains make it harder for you to regulate your blood sugar, which is very important if you are diabetic. Diabetes is a risk factor of neuropathy development.
Get in the habit of reading food labels to find out the real nutritional values and portion sizes for the foods you enjoy and do the math. Food labels also provide interesting and useful nutritional information.

And last but not least, remember to relax and enjoy your meals. 

That way, you're less likely to overeat from stress, and more likely to savor the flavor of foods. You will feel good, contribute to your health and also your nerves will be glad you did!