What to avoid to help with pins and needles
- Saturated fats: a build-up of fats in your blood vessels can affect blood circulation in your hands and feet, causing tingling or pins and needles. UK guidelines say that the average woman should eat no more than 20g a day. Foods high in saturated fats include your go-to biscuits, cakes, pastries and savoury snacks. Check labels, using the traffic light system to ensure you’re not in the red zone. Eat lean meats, legumes, fruit and vegetables. Better to grill, steam or bake foods rather than frying.
- Cigarettes: Smoking decreases the levels of oestrogen which can impact on nerve receptors and constricts blood vessels which may cause tingles.
- Caffeine: Excessive consumption may cause muscle spasm and tingling. If your sensitive to caffeine, try cutting it out to see if there’s any improvement.
- Alcohol: has a negative effect on your nervous system, can cause nerve damage and may increase stress levels.