6 Tips for Nerve Health
When we say that someone is “getting on our nerves,” we simply mean the individual is annoying or irritating us for some reason or other. This is a common idiom, but it isn’t literal. There are instances, though, where nerve issues in the body are caused when something is pressing on them. In these cases, a growth or some existing body tissue is literally getting on your nerves and causing discomfort, pain, or even putting you at risk for serious medical complications. As such, you may wish to consider some nerve health tips to keep your nerves functioning in a normal manner.
Peripheral nerves are responsible for collecting information and sending signals to the central nervous system (your brain and spinal column). If they are unable to properly relay those messages to your brain, you may experience burning, tingling, or painful sensations. In some cases, nerve damage can lead to numbness, which then opens the door for dangerous situations.
The good news is that you can take measures to reduce your risk of developing problems by taking advantage of the following tips for nerve health:
- Exercise regularly. Staying physically active on a daily basis helps promote healthy circulation.
- Avoid (or quit) tobacco products. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, thereby depriving nerve tissues of the nutrients and nourishment they need.
- Adhere to a healthy, balanced diet. Green, leafy vegetables, fish, whole grains, and fresh fruits will provide the nutrients to keep nerves performing smoothly.
- Be careful with use of nonprescription medication. Overusing un-prescribed medicines can lead to nervous system problems, especially for adults.
- Supplement your diet. If you do not consume enough fatty acids, B-complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, and magnesium, use supplements to increase their levels in your body and keep your nerves functioning correctly.
- Get plenty of sleep and rest. Your body uses downtime to repair and replenish damaged or overworked tissues, including those in your nervous system. Be sure to always sleep between 7-8 hours (at least) every night.
For additional information on the role nerves play in the health of your feet and lower limbs, or to receive professional treatment for a condition causing issues, contact Dallas Podiatry Works. You can reach us by dialing (972) 566-7474 for our Dallas office, (972) 943-3323 to reach our Plano office, or (888) 716-5283 to make a toll-free call and request an appointment with either location.