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Natural Approach to Multiple Sclerosis – World MS Day

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition affecting the central nervous system. MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, covering the nerve cells, which is causing the nerve signals slow down or stop (demyelinating disease).

Demyelination and the nerve damage is caused by inflammation which occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. This damage can happen anywhere in the brain or spinal cord.

This autoimmune reaction can be triggered by various factors, including viruses, liver damage or inadequate blood supply, which could also have many causes.

 

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of MS stem from the breakdown of communication between the brain and the nerves.

There are many symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which tend to become more severe as the disease progresses. MS symptoms range from mild and intermittent to severe and permanently debilitating.

The most common symptoms include:

•Blurred or double vision

•Trouble thinking

•Lack of coordination

•Loss of balance

•Numbness

•Tingling

•Weakness in an arm or leg

For everyone, MS symptoms can display differently.

There is currently no cure for MS, but many pharmaceutical and alternative treatments are available. The natural treatments for multiple sclerosis are effective and in many instances, the condition can be reversed or greatly improved. Before using any herbs, supplements, or alternative or complementary therapies to treat MS, discuss the benefits and risks with a physician.

 

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

There are many things that can be done to prevent MS, improve its symptoms or even reverse it.

Get tested for food sensitivities

The food allergies and sensitivities create a widespread inflammation throughout your body, which makes the MS symptoms worse.

Check your vitamin levels and heavy metal levels

Nutrients deficiency and heavy metal toxicity can mimic many multiple sclerosis symptoms. Get a blood test to check those.

Avoid any type of soda

Soda contains either sugar, which is highly inflammatory, or artificial sweetener, which is damaging the nerve cells. Additionally, the carbonation process acts in the body as a waste product that must be detoxified, therefore putting an extra burden on the body.

Stop using the microwave

Irradiated food isn’t healthy and it may damage the nervous connection.

Eat organic and non-GMO foods

Reduce your exposure to chemicals and toxins by avoiding any foods that are processed. Also, avoid GMOs. GMO stands for genetically modified organism and they are not natural for our body and may be worsening the autoimmune reaction.

Avoid Gluten

People with MS generally have a gluten intolerance and gluten can make they symptoms worse.

Stay away from Sugar and Alcohol

Sugar – Lowers the immune response and causes systemic inflammation.

Alcohol – Increases inflammation and can create a toxic environment.

Avoid aspartame and MSG

Aspartame and MSG can be found in al kinds of convenience foods and processed foods. Aspartame wasn’t made for human consumption, and toxicity from aspartame and MSG mimic many MS symptoms.

Add veggies to your diet

Vegetables offer a wide range of phytonutrients that can befit MS patients. Especially beneficial are green veg— spinach, kale, cucumbers, broccoli and cabbage.

Use Unprocessed foods

Choose whole, organic, unprocessed foods as often as possible. Aim for a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in different colours to provide antioxidants that can help prevent free radical damage. Freash meat, polutry and fish for a good range of essentail aminoacids.

Implement Healthy Fats

Coconut oil contains large amounts of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) that support the brain and nervous system.

Omega-3 fats found in wild-caught fish can help reduce inflammation.

Eat Cabbage familly vegetable

Foods high in lecithin, like Cabbage, Cauliflower or Bean Sprouts may help strengthen the nerves.

Try massage and foam rolling

It will help to stimulate lymphatic flow and circulation, increase joint flexibility and can even help with muscle spasticity.

Daily Movement and Exercise

Move! Any type of physical activity can help to protect your muscles from becoming atrophied. Chose a physical activity that you enjoy to make sure you do it on a regular basis.

Sun exposure

Sunlight activates the anti-inflammatory genes in the body and it helps in prevention of inflammation-related illness. Also, studies are showing the nitrix oxide, produced in the body while exposed to sunlight, has a beneficial effect on conditions such as multiple sclerosis and atherosclerosis.

Stay positive

Humour and laughter strengthen your immune system, boosts your energy, and protects you from the damage of stress. It decreases stress hormone levels, decreases pain and improves your mood.

 

SUPPLEMENTS 

Fish Oil

Fish oil can help reduce inflammation and promote better nerve functioning.

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10

Q10 is used for its potential ability to slow neurodegenerative diseases.

High-potency multi-vitamin

Provides basic nutrients needed for immune function.

Digestive enzymes

May help with digestion and reduce autoimmune reactions to foods.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D helps modulate the immune system and support brain and nervous system.

Magnesium

Deficiencies in this mineral can cause weakness, fatigue, tingling, cramps, seizures, muscle contraction, numbness, and personality changes. Magnesium deficiencies may be associated with some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and a number of other chronic and progressive conditions

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps with the formation of nerves.



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By | 2017-05-31T10:33:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Health News, Improving Health Naturally|Comments Off on Natural Approach to Multiple Sclerosis – World MS Day

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker. Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance. Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.