Saturday

Inspiration! #takethatms





My favorite meditation app:  Calm (click here to download). Love this tool to help manage the stress of life each day. Just 10 minutes a day. Sometimes meditation takes place in the bath tub where it's quiet and peaceful. And safe from interruptions.

 

Afterwards I often enjoy a nice cup of mellow, calming tea.  My nerves are always a bit frazzled with MS and the tea is greatly appreciated. 

 

Homemade bath salts take the event to a whole new level... 
 
Just ten minutes a day can change your life. 

What's your favorite way to take the edge off? 

 Try it. Talk to me. We've got this! 

#takethatMS



Tips for for Multiple Sclerosis

Do your research. Lots of treatments out there. Here is Some good, substantiated research on these items.  Check them out.  Tips and Tricks for Living Better with MS!



VITAMIN D

Vitamin D
Long touted as help for MS, this easy to take vitamin is proven again and again that it scientifically helps those with MS.  Recently studies showed that mothers who are deficient in vitamin D during their pregnancy were more likely to give birth to a child with MS.

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MAGNETIC THERAPY

Bemer
May sound a little whacky but magnetic therapy is gaining ground in helping folks with MS using solid scientific studies.  Devices such as the Bemer, might just help you feel a little better.

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OXIDATIVE STRESS -

Oxidative stress is known to be really hard on multiple sclerosis.  Basically it means that they fight free radicals in an effective way to be maximized by the body.   It is something we can actually work on improving.  Using an Nrf2 activator, such as Protandim, may help with some of your MS symptoms.

Protandim

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Protandim is made from natural ingredients, plants and such.  Includes bacopa monnieri and turmeric.

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curcumin from turmeric


Natural forms of Nrf2 activators proven to work include curcumin, from turmeric, as well as green tea.  



Tecfidera
Interestingly, the DMD, Tecfidera (a dimethyl fumarate drug) is based on the same activation within the body. 



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Keep Checking Back - More Tips to Come!


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(*This is not a medical site nor am I a medical professional -- These are items that have either worked for me or look promising based on research.*)

Sunday

MS Diet - Try this food, not that food.

One of the first things everyone asks me these days is if I follow a certain diet, or avoid certain foods.  The answer is a resounding YES.   I'd love to say that eating anything and everything is OK but it's not.  Just recently my diet changed, for the worse, and after six months my MS, along with everything else in my body, went absolutely haywire.

Not every MS patient should follow the same diet.  Everyone is different, just as their illness.  Recommend instead the trial and error method.  Remove a variety of food, one at a time, and see if it affects your MS.

Some of the foods that cause major problems include:

  1. Processed foods (too many additive, hidden wheat and sodium)
  2. Gluten
  3. Carbohydrates in general
  4. Dairy (don't include me in this group.  You do not want to be around me if you remove my cheese.  I get downright nasty).
  5. Red meat
  6. Other meat
  7. Fried food
  8. High sodium

Remove them for a good couple of months to truly feel a difference.  Three - six months is good.

Some folks respond well after going vegan or gluten free.  Some do better with a paleo type plan.  Try different things and feel how your body responds.  Make adjustments and learn from your trials.

Major triggers for me are gluten and carbohydrates.  For example last year, my diet went from about 10% simple carbs to more like 50% simple carbs, letting myself eat anything and everything that looked good.  For the first couple of months my body kept up, and my body stayed slim and fit.  Lean and mean.  THEN, it's as if someone turned off the metabolism.  Ready for winter was this girl with an additional 15 pounds.  Actually 20 pounds but already lost 5.  UGH and geez.  Nothing fits.  Haven't had this problem in 15 years.  The ONLY change made was allowing the gluten and carbs to take over my diet.  The meat consumption was down and grain consumption increased.  Portion sizes increases.  Eating is if readying for a marathon, without the matching calorie burning activity.  Time to make a change!

Reining in the cravings meant changing habits back to where they were last year.  10% simple carbs.  That means no six-packs of beer every weekend.  No bottles of wine with french bread and home made cheese.  Well, OK, we can have all of these as long as it's in moderation.  Key word here - moderation.

Just bringing this awareness to the forefront has allowed me to make many healthy changes.  The weight is coming off and the MS seems to be subsiding a bit.  This extra weight caused the MS to flare up bad, so looking forward to being the lean, mean fighting machine this girl was for the past 15 years.

Every person is different and so are their diet needs.  But I do believe strongly that clean, natural eating is the way to go.  Buying local, at farmers markets and learning to cook are two ways to increase one's appreciation for good quality food.  And we are what we eat.  Eat like crap, look like crap.  Eat like a healthy girl, look like a healthy girl.

Time to do this!

#takethatMS