Food #1 – Gluten
Everyone has a different sensitivity to certain foods and not all foods will affect a neuropathy sufferer the same. But recent studies have shown that many people are either allergic to gluten or have a low tolerance for it which can cause low grade symptoms. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and it can cause gastrointestinal upset and irritation in the lining of the gut.
This can lead to a condition known as celiac disease or it can simply cause low level inflammation. Gluten can also alter and affect your ability to absorb nutrients which can lead to deficiencies.
Common sources of Gluten include most bread, cereals, pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, pastries and any food containing white, wheat, cake or baking flour. Alternatives may include almond flour, coconut flour, quinoa and amaranth.
Be careful of so called “Gluten Free” items as most will simply replace the gluten with another type of substance like corn starch or tapioca starch which can increase blood sugar causing more nerve damage.