Is There Really Anything to Being On An MS Diet? We Think so


Early in discovering how to cope with MS symptoms, the nurse who works in Lynn’s neurologist’s office suggested that he might want to see a registered dietician. Lynn was feeling pretty rough all the time. He had no energy and more than that, he just felt bad. She shared that her husband had been seeing someone who had really made a difference in how he was now feeling. Though her husband did not have MS, she strongly suggested we give it a try; so we did! Two years later, I must say, it’s the best decision we ever made. In fact, Lynn was just saying today that if he had to give up all his doctors/therapists but one, the one he would keep is his nutritionist!
The first step we took when seeing the nutritionist was to keep track of EVERYTHING he ate for a week. This allowed her to see what his eating habits were –what might be good and what might need to change. The first thing she told us that had to change immediately was that he needed to stop eating dairy and become gluten-free. Both dairy products and gluten create more inflammation in the body. 
Her goal was to reduce or eliminate as many foods as possible that would trigger an inflammatory response. The next goal was to increase ingredients in the diet that would support the neurological system. She had attended a conference where the research of Terry Wahl was presented. Dr. Wahl had secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and went from being wheelchair bound and unable to do much of anything to using only a cane, riding horses and returning full time to work. Hearing that; we were hooked on trying it.
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