Five Steps to Living a Healthier Life
- Change Your Diet
Changing your diet and making sure that you are eating the right foods is necessary when it comes to dealing with symptoms related to neuropathy. Especially those patients who are dealing with symptoms due to having diabetes.
When you change up your diet, it may take a few weeks to get used to the new food in which you are recommended to eat, however, eating healthier can help prevent, reduce, and even reverse your diabetes.
Many patients feel that when changing their diet, they have to give up their favorite foods or even favorite sweets, but this isn’t 100% true. You can still enjoy your favorite treats, just at specified times and as long as it is within your meal plan.
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- Exercise Regularly (even if you have to stay seated)
Working out regularly when you are dealing with symptoms related to neuropathy sounds very intimidating, however, getting your body moving helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
When choosing your physical activity, choose activities that sound fun to you. There is nothing worse than feeling the need to get up and move and dreading the activity you have chosen.
Physical Activity can look like many different things and below we have provided a few different activities that you may find fun:
- Running or walking for 30 minutes a day – if you need to start off at 10 minutes a day, you can work your way up with intensity to 30 minutes a day
- Getting outside and working in the yard/garden
- Simple yoga exercises (Found on YouTube)
- Group activities in the local downtown park
- Seek Treatment
Consulting a doctor and seeking treatment is always recommended when you first start realizing you have symptoms related to neuropathy. The quicker you get seen by a doctor, the quicker the treatment plan can get started and the more the treatment plan will work against the symptoms.
- Positive Mental Health
Maintaining a positive mental health status is essential to you living your best life. Learning how to manage your stress and get adequate amounts of sleep at night are two very important aspects of mental health.
Stress: Everyone deals with stress in one situation or another on a daily basis, whether it be worrying about money, family, friends, or their personal struggles.
Sleep: We all have been encouraged to get 8 hours of sleep a night but have you realized that the amount of sleep you get actually affects your mood, your immune system, and your overall outlook on that particular day?
Sleep is one of the greatest resources that our body needs to help re-energize the cells in our body. If you lack getting a good-night’s sleep, the overall effect on your body could develop medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and could cause you to go into depression.
Getting enough sleep every night is extremely important not only for your mind but for your overall health.
- Healthy Community
Studies have shown that the amount of social activity you get being connected within a community has a great impact on your overall wellness. Being surrounded by like-minded people gives you the opportunities to speak about your goals and allows those around you to motivate you to accomplish them.
When you are connected in a community whether it be a book club, walking club, bingo club, or just friendships that you speak with on a weekly basis, you are developing connections that encourage you out of isolation. Isolation has been proven to be just as toxic to your body as being obese, smoking or dealing with high blood pressure.
Getting out and getting connected is highly encouraged, especially in the beautiful summer weather.