I’ve been getting that “pins and needles” feeling in my feet.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been getting that “pins and needles” feeling in my feet. It just started within the past couple months. It comes and goes, but can be very painful. Any idea what might help?” — Don P., Santa Barbara, CA
A. Dear Don, I highly encourage you to discuss this condition with a healthcare practitioner as they may have additional insight. With that being said, I believe you could benefit greatly from the addition of certain nutrients, like B vitamin, minerals, and alpha lipoic acid.
I think diet is incredibly important for preventing and treating almost every health condition seen today. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
The “pins and needles” feeling can be caused by a variety of conditions, usually relating to the nervous system, and commonly neuropathy. To support the nerves, B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) can be very useful. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. Chromium also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which in excess, can contribute to neuropathy symptoms.
Make sure to choose B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 50% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed.
I would take these ingredients three times per day for the first month and then try taking them twice daily thereafter.
Terry . . . Naturally