Which Foods Are Aggravating Your Neuropathy Symptoms?
Replacing these foods with healthier alternatives may help alleviate your neuropathy pain.
Sometimes, relieving your neuropathy symptoms isn’t a matter of which medications to add to your diet, it’s a matter of changing what you’re already putting into your body. Here are the top four foods that may be aggravating your neuropathy symptoms and which foods you can replace them with.
These grains contain a high glycemic index which can significantly impact your blood sugar. Controlling your blood sugar is one of the most important components to managing symptoms related to diabetic neuropathy. Try replacing refined grains with whole grains such as brown rice, oats and barley. You can also try quinoa, a great source of whole grains, with this Greek Quinoa Salad recipe.
Gluten can trigger inflammatory reactions in your body, which can worsen neuropathy symptoms, especially if you suffer from gluten allergies. Try replacing conventional bread and other baked goods with gluten-free alternatives. There are even options to modify your favorite sweets, like these Gluten Free Cupcakes.
Foods that contain high concentrations of saturated fats—fatty meats, dairy and fast foods—can trigger inflammation in the body and increase your risk for type two diabetes. Try replacing fatty meats such as bacon with more lean alternatives such as turkey bacon, and opt for healthier sources of fat like avocados, walnuts and fatty fish. Salmon is also a great source of healthy fat, so check out this Salmon With Avocado Salsa recipe.
Although they usually taste great, most foods containing processed sugars lack nutritional value, and nutritional deficiencies can result in symptoms of neuropathy. The next time you’re craving sugary foods, try replacing hard candy and other sweets with a Fruit Salad.
Do you think you could replace sugary foods with fruit? Have you tried eliminating gluten from your diet? Tell us about it in a comment below!