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Improve Your MS Symptoms with the Paleo Diet

September 7, 2016

There are so many stories about multiple sclerosis sufferers saying they ‘beat their MS’ by switching to the Paleo diet. There are multiple versions of the diet which mainly consists of foods that were available to humans during the Paleolithic era. This includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and certain types of oils and fats. There is some evidence showing that the Paleo diet can in fact improve or reverse MS symptoms, so why not give it a try?

Terry L. Wahls, a clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, has MS herself, and she too believes that the diet can ease MS symptoms. Before beginning the Paleo diet, Dr. Wahls relied on a wheelchair to get around and today, after changing to the Paleo lifestyle she can now work up to a full jog on the treadmill.
In order for this diet to work properly one must rid their diet of grains, dairy products, refined sugar and other processed foods. In Dr. Wahls’ TEDx talk, she recommends eating the following:

To be eaten on a daily basis:

  • 3 cups of green, leafy vegetables
  • 3 cups of sulfur-rich vegetables, such as those from the cabbage family, the onion family, mushrooms and asparagus
  • 3 cups of deeply colored vegetables or fruits, such as beets, carrots, and berries
  • Omega-3 fatty acids from wild fish and grass-fed meat

To be eaten on a weekly basis:

  • Organ meats, which are high in vitamins and minerals, including coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, an antioxidant that may have heart-health benefits
  • Seaweed, a good source of iodine

The Paleo diet is not the easiest diet out there, but Wahls says that you will be feeling better by week two and within a month you’ll have more energy, more mental clarity and less fatigue. She also says that you “will start to see how you’re turning the corner on the disease.”

Although the diet will appear to be more costly than the groceries you are likely buying now, there are plenty of ways to do Paleo on a budget. In the end, it will also pay off with fewer of those costly health and doctor bills.