The MS Recovery Diet
Identify the foods that lead you to a symptom-free life.
While the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be a terrifying one there is a continuing development of information, research and insight into how to manage the symptoms of MS through lifestyle modification. In the book The MS Recovery Diet, authors and advocates Ann Sawyer and Judi Bachrach share how they have managed to curb their own symptoms of MS through diet and nutrition.
MS is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.
With more than 100 recipes, in-depth information on food additives and ingredients, The MS Recovery Diet claims to give you the tools and information to help lead a symptom-free life and use food as a way to improve your digestion and strengthen the myelin sheath of nerve fibers, a crucial factor in MS.
The MS Recovery Diet identifies five common trigger foods that the authors argue can set off the symptoms of MS- dairy, grains containing gluten, legumes, eggs and yeast. The book also discusses how other foods may also set off symptoms and helps you identify which foods in your diet aggravate your condition and which foods will quell them.
Through the personal stories of both authors, The MS Recovery Diet gives hope to the 400,000 Americans who are affected by this autoimmune disorder. However, changing your diet is not a common treatment for MS, and patients should consult with their doctors before making any changes to their diet or medications.
- Includes a healthy eating plan
- Offers a medicine-free way to improve MS-related symptoms
- Changing lifestyle factors increases feeling of self-empowerment
- There is little scientific research behind the claims that diet can cure or treat MS.
- Diet is not a commonly recommended treatment for MS
- Evidence is only anecdotal
- Eating plan is stringent
- Five trigger ingredients are ubiquitous in hundreds of packaged foods
- Difficult for a vegetarian to follow
The MS Recovery Diet is built upon the principle that food doesn't directly cause MS, but certain foods can aggravate its symptoms. The first step in the MS Recovery Diet is to stop eating the five MS trigger foods:
- Gluten-containing grains and wheat
- Saturated fat and sugar should also be limited
Next, begin to incorporate the foods that quell symptoms and also offer protection to your digestive tract and immune system. Such foods are:
- Lean protein
- Foods rich in antioxidants
- Raw foods for enzyme support
Moving your body is a key factor in healing with The MS Recovery Diet. Even for those who are in a wheelchair, exercise is strongly encouraged, particularly with the help of a trained physical therapist.
For those who are not in a wheelchair, exercise can take on many forms: Walking, hiking, biking, yoga, aerobics classes and many others. The important point of exercise with MS is to not over exert yourself as this can undo any of the progress that has been made to healing. Caution should always be exercised not to get overheated as this can trigger M.S. exacerbations.CONCLUSION
The MS Recovery Diet offers a stringent eating plan that claims help temper the symptoms associated with MS. Although eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is important for your overall heath and managing your multiple sclerosis symptoms, there is only anecdotal evidence that this method is effective. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, few diet-based treatments have been subjected to rigorous, controlled tests and those that have been tested showed mixed results. You should consult with your doctor before making any changes to your MS treatment.Common Misspellings
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