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1. Neuropathy: the Sugar Connection by Nutritional Weight & Wellness Staff
2. The Poison in Thousands of Processed Foods
3. How to Save Time When Trying to Lose Weight
4. What can Vitamin C do for Your Nerves?
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Neuropathy: the Sugar Connection
While the solution to neuropathy is building healthy nerves, and it can take a lot of B vitamins to do so, often what we eat and drink can help the symptoms or make them worse.. Here is an article talking about the foods that make it worse.
The below blog content was written by a staff member at Nutritional Weight & Wellness who is passionate about eating real food.
One of the most common calls I get as a nutritionist is, “Help! What do I do to stop the tingling in my hands and feet? Are there supplements that will help?” These clients are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy, or nerve damage. They are looking for a solution for the pain, maybe a medication or a supplement. For this problem, the solution may lie in what you put in your grocery cart, pack in your lunch or plan to order at dinner tonight.
What is neuropathy?
Technically speaking, neuropathy is a result of damage to a nerve or set of nerves. Your nerves send out messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. If they become damaged, that message does not make it to its destination. This can often lead to weakness, numbness, unpleasant and often painful sensations, usually in hands and feet. Damage to nerves can also manifest in restless leg syndrome, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, migraine headaches and even Alzheimer’s. So, what is causing this nerve damage?
Neuropathy on the rise as your blood sugar rises
Damage to the nerves can be a result of several factors such as chemotherapy, exposure to toxins, alcoholism, traumatic injuries or a deficiency in B vitamins, but the most common cause of neuropathy is high blood sugars, often experienced by diabetic patients.
Neuropathy affects up to 50 percent of patients with diabetes; so we know there is a strong correlation between high blood sugars and neuropathy. Whether you’re a diabetic or you’re simply eating cereal every morning for breakfast, your nerves are being damaged by the excess sugar in your blood stream.
When you eat carbohydrates, especially in processed forms (like bread, pasta, cereal and crackers), the carbohydrates break down into sugar (or glucose) which rushes into the blood stream and then to your nerves and causes your nerves to swell. When the nerve swells it cuts off the blood supply to the nerve and damages it, which can result in tingling, burning or numbness in the hands and feet. But as already mentioned, nerve damage can also cause migraine headaches, restless leg syndrome, carpal tunnel and Alzheimer’s.
Many people will say, “I’m not eating sugar for breakfast, I eat Raisin Bran cereal with skim milk and an apple.” As a nutritionist, when I hear this my brain is thinking: SUGAR! A breakfast like this turns into roughly 32 teaspoons of sugar which is almost ¾ cup!
Imagine what is happening in your nerves after a high-sugar breakfast like this: swelling and nerve damage. The average American today consumes 53 teaspoons of sugar daily compared to the 1900’s when Americans consumed only two teaspoons per day! When we constantly expose our bodies to sugar on a daily basis, we are damaging our nerves little by little.
Dr. Richard P. Jacoby, author of Sugar Crush, explains how sugar impacts the nerves this way: “When you eat a diet heavy in processed foods full of wheat and refined sugar, your body is put on a glucose roller coaster. Because fiber has been stripped out of these products, the sugar inherent in all carbohydrates literally enters the blood stream in a rush. As your blood sugar spikes, most of the excess gets carried away to be stored as abdominal fat. While that’s happening, excess glucose still circulates throughout your body, attaching itself to protein and building up sorbitol in the cells, causing them to swell and compress the nerves.”
To relieve neuropathy, remove these foods from your grocery cart
Man-made carbohydrates come in all shapes and sizes. What is confusing is that we don’t recognize many of them as high-sugar foods. To keep your nerves healthy, remove these items from your cart:
Cereal, cereal bars, and instant oatmeal
Popcorn, cookies, chips and crackers (including whole grain varieties)
Soda, juice, sweetened coffee beverages and energy drinks
Pasta, bread, bagels and English muffins (including whole grain varieties)
Ice cream, candy, cakes and brownies
I know what you’re thinking…What am I supposed to eat? Keep on reading! We would never leave you without ideas on what to eat.
Add these foods to your grocery cart
Real carbohydrates from vegetables and small amounts fruit, real fats and proteins will keep your nerves strong and healthy. Here is what to add to your cart:
Vegetables in all shapes, sizes and colors (organic if possible)
Small amounts of fruit
Healthy fats including butter, heavy cream, avocado, nuts, seeds, olives and olive oil
Grass-fed beef, organic turkey, chicken, pork, eggs and wild-caught fish
Small amounts of whole grain wild rice, brown rice and quinoa
Start tomorrow with breakfast!
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For more information about Things you Can Do to Help Neurpathy
The Poison in Thousands of Processed Foods
I recently visited a family member who is
an excellent chef. He told me he'd found
a new seasoning that made everything he
cooked taste better. He was using it
nearly every day.
When I looked at the seasoning, I was
stunned to find that it was primarily MSG.
Like many people, I had no idea how
common MSG is in seasonings and
processed foods, and what MSG can do
to our brains
MSG and what are all the names it hides under
How to Save Time When Trying to Lose Weight
Another educational video by Dr. Berg. Majority of the population spending lots of time trying to lose weight.
He goes over what to do and what not to do.
Listen to Dr Berg's Trying to Lose Weight
What can Vitamin C do for Your Nerves?
Sorbitol (a form of sugar) travels to certain parts of the body where it builds up. These parts of the body are:
- the lens of the eye where it forms a white milky film called cataracts and
- the sciatic nerve (the big nerve that runs down your leg) where it can cause nerve damage (nerve pain).
Evidence indicates that taking 2,000 mg a day of vitamin C may reduce the production of sorbitol and help strip sorbitol out of the body.
Most of the vitamin C sold in the US is ascorbic acid by itself.
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