Nutrients to Help Slow Down Diabetic Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a condition that affects many people who suffer from diabetes. The damage that your nerves sustain from diabetes results from your blood sugar levels being elevated for a prolonged time. The range of symptoms you may exhibit will depend which one of the four types of diabetes-related neuropathy you have and which parts of your body are affected.

While there is currently no cure for diabetic neuropathy, there are treatments that can help you manage the symptoms. At Prime Wellness, we may be able to help you manage your diabetes with a personalized course of naturopathic treatment that may include a specific diet and supplements. In fact, consuming the right nutrients and supplements can provide your nerves with what they need to slow down the progression of neuropathy and lessen the pain. Here are a few supplements you can take that may delay the effects of diabetic neuropathy.

Vitamin C

According to research, people who suffer from diabetes tend to have insufficient levels of vitamin C because of the disease and not their diet. If you have diabetic neuropathy, it is likely that you will have a high level of reduced vitamin C, a depleted version of the vitamin that has already been processed by your body. Because your body drains its vitamin C supply trying to combat the effects of neuropathy, it is important that you replenish the supply by taking supplements.

B-Vitamins

Benfoitiamine, thiamine, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 make up a group of vitamins that are responsible for creating cellular energy and making nerves work. Not having enough thiamine in your system can result in the onset of neuropathy. Benofotiamine, which is derived from thiamine, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is easily absorbed by your digestive system and is responsible for regulating the nerve pathways that can cause neuropathy; it also controls the cellular-level damage in your body that can result from elevated levels of glucose. Animal studies have shown that vitamin B12 can diminish the neuropathy-related nerve damage by activating a chemical that prompts nerve regeneration. Certain combinations of vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 have been shown to reduce diabetic neuropathy symptoms and help protect the nerve health in arms, hands, legs and feet.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is an essential fatty acid and antioxidant that is a component of every cell in your body. One of its most important functions is to aid in the metabolism of glucose, or to create energy from blood sugar. Studies have shown that the fatty acid may improve glucose metabolism in people with diabetic neuropathy and may also enhance blood flow to the nerves so that they are able to use energy more efficiently. Alpha lipoic acid is available in supplement form, such as in the Metagenics product Meta Lipoate 300, which you can take for top quality alpha lipoic acid.

Magnesium

Magnesium has a key role in your blood’s ability to clot and in how your nerves and muscles function, and research has shown that a deficiency in magnesium can worsen the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Individuals who suffer from type 1 diabetes and have low magnesium levels are likely to have a higher rate of nerve complications. Magnesium supplements can be taken to ensure that you are getting the daily recommended amount of the vitamin your diet may not be providing.

Vitamin E

People who suffer from diabetic neuropathy are often found to have extremely low levels of vitamin E in their bodies. Those who suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the peripheral nerves, or the nerves located in the legs and feet, may see a marked improvement in their symptoms when taking vitamin E supplements. Research also indicates that people with type 2 diabetes can have better nerve function when placed on a vitamin E regimen.

Resveratrol

As a phytochemical that is found in grapes and red wine and is available as a supplement, resveratrol may slow down the progression of diabetic neuropathy due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to combat oxidative stress. According to one study, when resveratrol is combined with insulin, it can also lower your sensitivity to neuropathy-related pain.

Eating the right foods plays an important role in how your body is able to fight diabetes and the conditions that can result from the illness, such as neuropathy. However, relying on your diet may not provide the necessary amounts of nutrients you need to help slow down the condition. As a Metagenics product provider, Prime Wellness can provide you with the supplements you may need to make your naturopathic treatment plan against the illness more effective. Contact us today to learn about what other naturopathic options you have regarding the treatment of your disease.

How to Keep Your GI Tract Healthy During the Holidays

 

The holiday season can be a wonderful time to enjoy the festivities, have fun, and share an opportunity to spend time with loved ones. But for some, they can be a source of dread in the form of unrelenting digestive problems. The good news is that you don’t have to be a humbug to prevent holiday digestive woes from holding you back. Try these health expert strategies this year to transform your tummy from ‘naughty’ to ‘nice’ and enjoy the season again.

Master Your Water Intake

Good gut health practices begin long before that scheduled holiday party, and one of the key things you can do is to drink a glass or two of lukewarm water with a squirt of lemon first thing in the morning. Staying well hydrated is also important for the digestive system to function at its best. Be careful not to drink too much water while you’re eating, though. Bogging your system down with water while it’s breaking down food can dilute digestive juices and serve more as a hindrance than a help.

Keep Things Moving

The muscles in your digestive tract are always moving along, so it makes sense that they benefit from exercise. A regular exercise routine can assist in the prevention and relief of constipation, gas, bloating, weight gain, and feelings of heaviness. Gentle forms of exercise like walking and yoga are particularly good at ‘opening up more real estate’ if you’ve eaten a large meal, and they help prime digestive juices for the next buffet you’re going to. You don’t have to wait until January to establish a healthy exercise routine, either. Prime Wellness offers several exercise programs to help your GI tract stay ahead of the game and become a calorie burning machine.

Support a Healthy Population

Prebiotics and probiotics, of course, play an important part in your digestive and immune systems during the holidays and any other time of the year. That’s why you must take care to keep your food combinations as balanced as possible so the healthy bacteria population in your GI tract doesn’t become an endangered species! Consider taking a high-quality probiotic supplement for extra support through all of those holiday foods with high carb, fat, and sugar content. Prebiotics are certain enzymes that feed your good bacteria to keep them strong.

Go with Your Gut Feeling

Believe it or not, there really is such a thing as a ‘gut feeling’ with your digestive health. Over 100 million neurons that send information to your nervous system reside in the stomach and intestines, and it’s for this reason your GI tract is fondly referred to as the ‘second brain.’ In short, this means your stomach basically decides for itself whether your body will work with the food you ingest or not. And sometimes, your stomach is a tough judge.

With this in mind, try to be aware of what your body is telling you when you eat. Do certain food combinations make you feel better or worse? Do you get more energy eating certain foods, or do you feel gross inside? It’s also important to eat slowly so you give your stomach a chance to tell you when it is full and prevent overeating. Mindless grazing and stuffing yourself taxes your GI tract to work harder than it really needs to. It’s best to eat only when you’re hungry and stop when you feel comfortably full.

Have a Backup Plan

Even when we’re diligent in keeping our GI tracts happy slipups happen, especially during the holidays. If you’re suffering on the couch after two helpings of turkey dinner (and mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, and cookies, and who knows what else), don’t panic! There are a number of naturally sourced remedies to help rescue you from your misery, including the following:

  • Digestive enzymes – Most gastrointestinal issues arise from problems with breaking down the food in the first place. Taking digestive enzymes can help alleviate the ‘logjam’ and get you back on track. SpectraZyme Metagest provides enzymes that complement digestive agent production.
  • Zinc Carnosine – This powerful mineral is an excellent rescue for mild tummy troubles when others fall short. It helps alleviate heartburn, nausea, and upset stomach by restoring the GI tract environment to its prior healthy state. Zinlori 75 from Metagenics is a good complex to use.
  • Probiotics – Look for formulas designed to relieve acute symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, cramping, and elimination distress. Metagenic’s UltraFlora IB and UltraFlora Acute Care are particularly helpful in these situations.

For more expert health tips and tricks, contact Dr. Austin and the Prime Wellness staff for details. We hope you have a healthy and happy holiday season!

Reducing Stress During the Holidays

The winter holidays are meant to be a fun and exciting time of year, but for many they can be stressful and exhausting. If you are the organizer, the cook, have unpleasant memories associated with the holidays, or just don’t like crowds and holiday music, you might find yourself among this group. The following stress-reduction tips can help to keep you calm and happy during this frenetic season.

Take a Time Out for Yourself

Often it is not a single incident, but the accumulation of everything that makes us stressed. Create a quiet corner in your home or office for a soothing time out. When you feel things getting out of control, go to your quiet spot and spend 10 to 30 minutes meditating, just resting quietly or listening to music. For some, aromatherapy can help relieve stress. Others have specific song lists that relax them. Whatever helps you, remember to take a break.

Exercise to Wind Down

While physical exercise speeds up the heartbeat, it is also an excellent way to reduce stress. Taking the time once or twice a day for 15 to 30 minutes of mild exercise such as yoga, walking or stretching, is a good way to keep stress under control. It is also helps burn some extra calories from eating holiday goodies. Exercise your body to relax your mind, and you will find yourself feeling much better in no time.

Set Realistic Goals

If you are one of the people preparing for the holiday or hosting an event, set realistic goals for each day. Often stress occurs when we can’t finish our tasks for the day. Setting goals that can actually be completed will prevent this type of stress. In fact, completing your tasks will give you a great sense of accomplishment. This advice is also helpful when deciding what is needed to prepare for your guests. Don’t overextend yourself.

Reward Yourself

Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back when you do something well. You deserve the praise and most likely do not remind yourself enough how well you are doing. Accept praise from others. They mean it when they tell you how accomplished you are.

Eat Healthy Meals

While it is easy to overindulge during the holidays, you will feel better if you restrict your indulgence to your favorite treats. When you maintain a healthy diet, you feel better physically which helps you stay relaxed and happy during stressful holiday preparations.

Allow Yourself to Celebrate

Just because you are preparing or hosting, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend time with family and friends celebrating. Allow yourself to relax and spend time with people to enjoy the events and parties all throughout the holiday season.

Supplements to Reduce Stress and Fatigue

While you can get nutrients from food, you may need some extra support for the stressful season or stressful moments. Metagenics offers several supplements that can help you reduce your stress.

NuSera® helps promote a feeling of calmness and relaxation during times of stress. Available in a chocolate-flavored chewable, this science-based formula features a clinically effective dosage of Lactium®—a bioactive decapeptide—which research suggests promotes a healthy response to stress. In clinical studies, this unique ingredient was shown to boost the body’s ability to manage stress.

Adreset® is designed to build resilience and enhance stamina in individuals who are feeling weak and fatigued due to stress. This supplement helps address feelings of physical fatigue associated with prolonged stress, features herbs that support an adaptive response to stress through their influence on the HPA axis, and features concentrated adaptogens, including ginseng root, cordyceps, and rhodiola extracts, used to address multiple body systems involved in the stress response.

Reduce stress for yourself during the holidays by learning more about these Metagenics products or by learning more about how you can encourage wellness in your entire family. Contact Dr. Kelly Austin N.D. and the Prime Wellness Team with any questions at austin.nd@gmail.com.