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10 Tips for a better quality of life and nerve health


 

 

Here’s 10 simple tips to keep in mind for improving your nerve health and your overall health.

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Regular check-ups:

Don’t skip your scheduled doctor’s appointments, pay attention to yourself and report to your doctor if you notice something new in your body.1

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Listen to the signs your body sends you:

Talk openly about the symptoms you experience to your doctor and don’t let them get worse. 2

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Be well informed about your health:

Be aware of how your body and the nervous system work to help you manage your nerve health. The more you know, the better you can protect them.

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No smoking, no drinking, reduced sugar:

Create healthy lifestyle habits and say goodbye to harmful addictions such as smoking and alcohol. Reduce sugar in your diet especially if you have diabetes. 3,4,5

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Choose a balanced diet:

Consult your doctor to find out which foods contain B vitamins essential for nerve health. 6,7

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Choose to be active:

Speak to your doctor about suitable activities to help you improve your mood and relieve everyday stress, taking into consideration your general health, age and fitness level. 6,7

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Take a break:

Avoid staying in the same position for a long time, take a break to stretch occasionally. Try to avoid postures that put prolonged pressure on certain nerves. 6

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Take your medication as prescribed:

Follow the prescriptions and advice from your doctor, as they can help you keep your nerves healthy and protected. 8

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Choose happiness:

Set some time aside to relax and enjoy your favourite things e.g. playing with your pet, going for a walk, caring for your garden or spending time with your family. Enjoy life, have fun.

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Gratitude is an attitude:

Things like practicing gratitude can be life-changing and can help you reach your goals in life.



References:


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Regular Check-Ups are Important. [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from: URL: https://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/index.htm.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check-Up Checklist: Things to Do Before Your Next Check-Up. [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from URL: https://www.cdc.gov/family/checkuplist/

3. O’Malley GF, O’Malley R. Alcohol. Merck Manual Consumer Version [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from URL: https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/special-subjects/recreational-drugs-and-intoxicants/alcohol.

4. NHS. Overview: Peripheral neuropathy. [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from URL: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/.

5. Çelik SB, Can H, Sözmen MK, Şengezer T, Kaplan YC, Utlu G, et al. Evaluation of the neuropathic pain in the smokers. Agri Pain 2017;29(3):122-126.

6. Mayo Clinic. Overview. Peripheral Neuropathy. [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from URL: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20352061.

7. NIH Medline Plus. Exercise and Physical Fitness. [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available form URL: https://medlineplus.gov/exerciseandphysicalfitness.html#.

8. FDA. Why You Need to Take Your Medications as Prescribed or Instructed. [online] [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from URL: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/special-features/why-you-need-take-your-medications-prescribed-or-instructed

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