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Click this out: Here is my article on Diet as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
Diet - or better yet, a nutritional protocol, is essential in my daily battle against MS. If my daily intake has too much salt, too much caffeine, too much gluten, too many processed foods, then I will pay the price. And while that price may not be paid that same day, trust you me that it will not forget and will rear its ugly head. And, more often than not, all of the prices will want to be paid on the same day at the same time, wreaking complete havoc on your life.
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Welcome to living with multiple sclerosis. As you know it often does not bode well for us MS patients. Out diseases are random and progress willy nilly. But there are modifiable risk factors that we can take into consideration to help us strive for the best life possible despite's our illness. These risk factors include cigarette smoke, alcohol, nutrition, supplement intake, exercise, and other situations that we have control over.
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Cig smoking is bad. Bottomline, cut it out. Alcohol is considered OK in moderation. Consult with your neurologist or medical expert. Often people find that Vitamin D, B12 and Biotin can all be beneficial supplements. In addition, the nrf2 activator, Protandim, is found to be great at fighting oxidative stress.
So, that brings us to Diet, or nutritional protocol. Everyone is different so finding a protocol that works best for you is key.
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Here it is paired with home-made soup and fresh salmon salad.
The Wahl's Protocol is a modified paleolithic diet. More about it click here. For those who do not know, Dr. Wahls has made diet a form of treatment for progressive MS. Thank you Dr. Wahls! I have been following and almost identical diet based on my own experience for over 15 years. It is the number 1 "go to" when things are going bad with my MS.
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First, I ask myself: How is my diet? Where am I going wrong? And most of the time, this usually fixes it for m! Like I say, everyone is different. This is one reason I love the Wahl's Protocol - as it suggests elimination type diets to see what you personally are sensitive to and this is BIG!
Here is my article on Diet as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
Here are some food common sensitivities:
Diet anything / excitotoxins or NaStY for MS
FYI - I eat dairy. Cheese. I tried to take it out of my diet once and my boss told me to add it back as the rest of the staff was complaining about my horrid mood. That was near 30 years ago and I haven't tried to remove it since~ I don't eat a lot of it but like it now and then. I will willingly cut everything else out, before the cheese~
Lately I haven't been able to eat much meat. My body, probably due to the warm summer months, is craving cooling salads and fresh fruit. Unfortunately I like beer, especially in the summer months. It's not the alcohol that bothers me but rather the carbs and gluten. Talk about a weight gainer! And then if I add bread....Oh dear save me.
Last winter I made the mistake of letting way too much beer, bread and gluten get into my diet. Showing no restraint at all for about six months eventually led to a 15 pound weight gain, horrid dry skin and then the dreaded MS relapse! Ugh.
My vertigo and vision got so bad that driving was out of the question...even just to a friends house. Lethargic and inflamed my life consisted of laying in bed and "trying" to motivate. Oh how I hate this feeling! My skin was dry and eczema appeared all over. Hair loss was abundant and my breath was so bad it even grossed me out. What have I done? So healthy last summer and then wowza, what a defeat brought on by my own weaknesses.
Time to make a change!
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Back to juicing and healthy eating. Beautiful summer produce combined with beans and grains cooked fresh are making the table. Herbs from the garden and cheeses and meats from local farmers inspire this cook to create.
Some of recipes for your enjoyment:
Anti-inflammatory Rice Pudding
Words of Advice:
Try different diets. Work with nutritionists who understand MS and the different trending diets. This is your health - it is your body. Do not try whack-doodle eating schemes. Try stuff that has worked for others, the key word being "try". Give yourself a chance with different foods and see what you might be sensitive to. Everyone is different!
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