Adopting a healthy diet with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an important part of an overall MS wellness plan.
A nutritious, well-balanced diet has the potential to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life, according to many studies.
Researchers are discovering that a healthy diet can impact energy levels, bladder and bowel function and overall well-being in people with MS. Healthy foods may even be able to change the course of the disease by limiting inflammation that can damage nerves, and promoting nervous system repair.
Eating nutritious foods can help prevent other chronic conditions that are common in people with MS, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
People with MS seeking to change their dietary habits to reduce MS symptoms are often at a loss for what to eat. No single "MS diet" has been scientifically proven to treat or cure MS, nor has the medical community issued standard-of-care dietary guidelines for people with MS.
Current studies of diets that help greatly reduce inflammation in the body, especially for those with MS and improving gut health is one of a clean, plant-based and whole-foods approach. These diets include minimally processed foods, low in saturated fats, high quality protein, high in vitamin D, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Eating whole foods improves quality of life, increased energy levels, reduced symptoms, possibly even fewer relapses and slower disease progression. Depending on your Dosha (body type) will help determine what your body truly needs.
If you are currently taking a disease modifying drug (DMD) that is great, 90% holistic and 10% drug is better than 100% drug.
Benefits of a whole-foods diet
Good Fats - Also known as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (PUFA and MUFA). There is evidence that these fats may help decrease the severity and duration of MS flares.
Good fats are found in:
Fatty Fish - Certain seafood are very high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
Other great sources that are high in Omega 3 include:
Cod liver oil
Vitamin D-rich foods - There is some evidence that vitamin D may reduce MS symptoms and slow MS progression. More research is needed to understand the role of Vitamin D in MS.
The nutrient can be found in:
Lean Meats - can help limit the amount of dietary fat consumed each day. Free range, organic and grass-fed is the best options when purchasing lean meats.
Lean cuts of beef
Plant-based Proteins - these are the richest sources of non-meat protein.
Whole grains - help increase fiber and maintains blood sugar.
Fresh fruit and vegetables - eating an assortment of brightly colored produce (eating the rainbow) can also help ease constipation and stabilize blood sugar.
Hydration - drinking quality water is key to keeping hydrated, reduce the amount of toxins that enter the body and helps flush out toxins. Though some people with MS may limit their fluid intake if they have problems with bladder urgency, however; this can lead to bladder infections, constipation and other problems.
Since preparing fresh, healthy foods can be time consuming and hard for people with fatigue and mobility issues, I highly recommend getting an Air Fryer for quick and easy cooking and using a chair to do meal prep will help reserve energy.
MS Diet: What Researchers are Finding
Foods and MS. Researchers are currently studying the roles of red wine, polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), salt and gut bacteria on inflammation, which have been shown to increase MS activity in the brain, bones and body. Several studies have also investigated how dietary salt impacts MS disease activity and how eating more fish may decrease the risk of developing MS.
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