Mental attitude: You get more of what you focus on:  This concept is simple but can be difficult to practice when you suffer a painful condition.  It has been found that if you constantly think about something, like how bad you feel, then you get more of what you are focused on. If you can focus on anything else (in the beginning it may only be for brief periods a day until you get better at it) like reading a book, watching something you enjoy, or helping others… you will gradually perceive less pain. Even better is practicing visualizing what you would be doing if you felt better. Focus on getting better, then you will get better faster.

Diet: Cholesterol and Probiotics: Two daily doses (200 mg) of a probiotic lowered “bad” LDL and total cholesterol in study participants. Probiotics are live microorganisms (naturally occurring bacteria in the gut) that have beneficial effects on people’s health. Common sources are yogurt and dietary supplements. Those taking the probiotics had LDL levels 11.6% lower than those on placebo after nine weeks. American Heart Association, November 2012

Exercise: Deep breathing: Nerves need large amounts of oxygen to stay healthy and if you are going through neuropathy treatments, deep breathing can help increase the oxygen your nerves need to heal. A simple exercise is to lie on your bed with one hand on your abdomen. Slowly take a deep breath in counting to 6 while feeling your hand on your abdomen rise towards the ceiling. Then slowly breathe out with your lips slightly parted while your abdomen falls back down. Do this at least 10 times at least once a day.

Chiropractic:  Spinal Degeneration: Degeneration of  spinal joints occurs in most people as early as 40 years old. The degeneration is due to gravity, traumas, and activities of daily living. Once the spine degenerates, mechanical compression can change nerve impulses, and can even  cause peripheral neuropathy. This is why regular chiropractic adjustments help ease the irritation to the injured nerves.

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