I’m often asked what role – if any – inflammation plays in nerve pain.
Anyone who has experienced inflammation (which we all have at some point) knows how painful and uncomfortable it can be.
Add to that nerve pain or sensitivity and you have a recipe for disaster.
In terms of nerve pain, there are two ways in which inflammation plays a role.
First, chronic inflammation can actually cause neuropathy. It’s called inflammatory neuropathy.
Here’s how it happens:
Inflammation is actually a process whereby your body’s immune system is trying to protect you from foreign threats, such as bacteria or viruses. With chronic inflammation, however, your immune system attacks threats that aren’t actually there. In some cases, it begins attacking the nerves – resulting in neuropathy.
Second, for those already suffering from nerve pain, inflammation can aggravate it even further. Swelling from inflammation can stretch and pull already damaged nerves, resulting in painful sensations such as sharp stabbing pain or burning. This pain is often worse than the pain you typically experience from your neuropathy.
While consistently taking Nerve Renew® will flood your body with powerful, anti-inflammatory ingredients like alpha lipoic acid, it’s important to be aware of common triggers that can cause unwanted inflammation.
I’ve identified 8 sneaky inflammation triggers that you need to avoid if you’re suffering from nerve or joint pain. Here they are:
Poor Dental Hygiene
Brushing and flossing, not your strong suit? You may want to reconsider. Research has shown that plaque buildup from poor dental hygiene releases inflammatory chemicals into your system. Fortunately, simply brushing and flossing daily can alleviate this sneaky trigger.
Not Drinking Enough Water
According to a 2013 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 43% of American adults aren’t drinking enough water. A whopping 7% don’t drink any water at all!
Are you drinking enough? If not, you could be triggering unwanted inflammation. Dehydration causes your blood to thicken and your muscles to spasm. Not only can these muscle spasms pull or stretch your previously damaged nerves, but they can trigger your body’s inflammatory response.
Not Enough Sleep
Are you getting enough restful sleep each night? According to this study, a lack of sleep has a direct connection to inflammation. If you’re voluntarily missing out on sleep (i.e. skipping out on sleep to catch up on Netflix) you might want to shoot for healthier habits.
If you suffer from sleep problems that are beyond your control, consider speaking with a doctor or sleep specialist.
Lack of Exercise
Among the myriad of benefits that exercise offers are the ability to exert anti-inflammatory effects. According to a 2016 study by the University of California, just 20 minutes of regular exercise can inhibit the production of inflammatory markers and exert anti-inflammatory effects.
Too Much Body Fat
While some body fat is essential, excessive fatty tissue can cause inflammation. Fatty tissue contains cells that produce cytokines, a pro-inflammatory property.
Stress is a fact of life. Unfortunately, it also causes inflammation. What’s worse, according to an article published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, stress can result in making poor diet choices that can lead to morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and more.
While stress is a fact of life, properly managing will mitigate its negative effects. Stress management training or mindfulness techniques can be especially helpful for coping with stress in a healthy way.
Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Too much alcohol can put an excessive burden on the liver and ultimately lead to inflammation.
Diet is a big one when it comes to inflammation. Many of the processed foods you’ll find on the grocery store shelves are filled with inflammation triggering ingredients. Watch out for these common inflammation triggers in your foods:
- Saturated fats
- Trans fats
- Omega 6-fatty acids
- Refined grains
- Gluten and casein