What to eat to help with pins and needles
Foods that help to fight the tingles
Supporting your body with appropriate nutrients and eating a balanced diet can help. Maybe you don’t have time always to cook from scratch, but try to incorporate some of these foods into your diet.
- Omega-3 fatty acids Research from Queen Mary, University of London suggests it may have the potential to protect nerves from injury and help them to regenerate. Found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and kippers and in walnuts, milled linseed and pumpkin seeds.
- Vitamin B deficiency may contribute to tingling. To up your intake of B1,5 and 12, eat more, oily fish, chia and sunflower seeds, mushrooms, and avocados.
- Vitamin C – as our bodies don’t store this vitamin very well, we need some every day, include more fresh fruits such as strawberries, blackcurrants, oranges and orange juice, red and green peppers, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
- Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant found in avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, spinach, watercress, Brussels sprouts, blackberries and mangoes
- Phytoestrogens raise natural oestrogen levels in our bodies to help balance hormones. Found in soy beans, tofu, tempeh, miso soup, rye, milled golden linseed (flaxseed), sesame seeds, berries, oats, lentils, yams, alfalfa, pomegranates, apples and carrots
- Magnesium helps maintain muscle and nerve function, and regulates our blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Eat soybeans, oatmeal, lentils, cashews, peanut butter, spinach and halibut.
- Potassium helps regulate water retention. Avocados, spinach, sweet potatoes and water melon are some of the best sources.
Dehydration can cause a sensation of pins and needles as sodium levels drop. As prevention is better than cure, try to drink between 6-8 glasses a day and choose from water, herbal teas, and fruit juices.