Tuesday June 9, 2020
Did you know? Neuropathy affects approximately 20 million people in the United States.
What is neuropathy? First, let's look at how nerves work together in the body.
There are different nerves that work together in the body:
- Peripheral nerves: run from your spinal cord to your arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Cranial nerves: run from your brain to your eyes, mouth, and ears.
- Central nerves: are located in your brain and spinal cord.
- Autonomic nerves: go from your spinal cord to your lungs, heart, stomach, and intestines.
Types of Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy: a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, or exposure to toxins.
Did you know? One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes.
Cranial neuropathy: occurs when any of the twelve cranial nerves (nerves that exit the brain) are damaged. Two specific types of cranial neuropathy are optic neuropathy and auditory neuropathy.
- Optic neuropathy refers to damage or disease of the optic nerve that transmits visual signals from the retina of the eye to the brain. Learn more about how your eyes work here
- Auditory neuropathy involves the nerve that carries signals from the inner ear to the brain and is responsible for hearing.
Autonomic neuropathy: is damage to the nerves of the involuntary nervous system. These nerves control the heart, digestion, and bowel function.
Symptoms of Neuropathy
- Numbness or tingling, especially of the hands or feet.
- Pain or cramping, especially of the hands, feet or calf muscles.
- Sensitivity to touch or temperature.
- Loss of reflexes.
- Muscle weakness, especially in the feet or hands.
- Loss of balance
General causes of neuropathies include:
- Poor diet. Poor dietary choices can lead to vitamin deficiencies (B-1, B-6 and B-12, vitamin E and niacin) which are crucial to nerve health.
- Diabetes. More than half the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
- Exposure to poisons. Toxic substances include heavy metals or chemicals used in fertilizers can cause nerve damage.
- Trauma or pressure on the nerve. Traumas, such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries, can cause nerve damage.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to keep nerves healthy. Click here to for easy ways to get all the nutrients you need!
- Exercise regularly. Try to get at least 30 minutes to one hour of exercise at least three times a week. Need exercise ideas? Click here!
- Avoid factors that may cause nerve damage, including repetitive motions, cramped positions, exposure to toxic chemicals. Learn why organic food is best!
What do I do when I experience pain?
Be careful with pain killers. While they may relieve pain for a moment, the underlying issue still remains. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent future health problems. However, that being said, joint and occasional muscle pain will occur. Especially after a long day working on the farm!
You can use any of the Noni Lotions for pain relief. Most folks prefer the IcyHeat Noni Lotions (IcyHeat Noni Lotion or the newer IcyHeat Sports Formula) for pain and inflammation relief as the added menthol and camphor hasten the penetration and relief. On the farm, we use the IcyHeat Sports Formula quite often for tired muscles and cramps.
For quicker pain relief, no matter where the pain is located in the body, rub IcyHeat Noni Lotion or the IcyHeat Sports Formula to the BOTTOM OF BOTH FEET FIRST! This has been an instant hit at countless trade shows! There are 2000 nerve endings in the bottom of your feet- applying the lotions to the bottom of your feet allows the nerve endings in the feet to pick up the Noni and spread throughout the whole body.
Another feedback tip that we have received from people applying the lotions to their feet before going to bed at night, they sleep better. “I sleep like a baby”.