Sometimes I get a tingling sensation in my hands and feet.
Q. Dear Terry, “Sometimes I get a tingling sensation in my hands and feet. I read some articles about neuropathy and it seems like that’s what I’m experiencing. Additionally, my blood sugar levels have been increasing over the past few years, which I read can be correlated. What natural options are available?” — Moses R., Woodbury, MN
A. Dear Moses, I think diet is incredibly important for addressing any issue, including neuropathy. I would start by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates, and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. For more information on this, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. 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.
I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients: including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. 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.
When looking for a formula, I would choose one that features 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 try these ingredients three times per day for the first month and then you can try taking them twice daily thereafter.
Because neuropathy can also have a connection with high blood sugar levels, you may also want to consider adding Hintonia latiflora. Clinical research has shown that hintonia can significantly reduce blood sugar levels safely and effectively. You could take this once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally