“I followed the same diet for 20 years, eliminating starches, living on salads, lean meat, and small portions.” ~ Gene Tierney
According to a new study about to be published by The American Academy of Neurology (and supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) women may have lower levels of important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients than “healthy” people.
You can read more about the study here, but the bottom line is, as study author Sandra D. Cassard, ScD of John Hopkins University explains, “Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent the disease or reduce the risk of attacks for those who already have MS.”
When I was first diagnosed with MS I decided to subscribe to Dr. Andrew Weil’s quarterly newsletter that would come via “snail mail.” It was filled with important information about diet and nutrition that I was craving to learn all about. My doctors advised me from the start on the importance of eating healthy foods. I took them seriously, and after a lot of research I thought that Dr. Weil would be the best place to begin my lessons.
He talked a great deal about the importance of following an anti-inflammatory diet, something that I didn’t know much about, and how it was an important diet not only for the MS community but also for the population at large.
What is an anti-inflammatory diet? (Remember that in MS inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. The nerve damage is caused by inflammation.)
Not intended as a weight loss program, an anti-inflammatory diet helps in the fight against inflammation and can help to reduce long-term disease risks. According to Dr. Weil, “this diet will provide steady energy and ample vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and protective phytonutrients.”
Now I’d be lying if I said that I’ve faithfully followed this diet for the past 28 years. I have my cravings like anyone else, but overall I’ve stuck to it. It’s my belief that doing your best to follow a sensible and healthy diet can’t do any harm, and you may find yourself feeling better.
Isn’t that worth a try?
The bottom line about living with MS is that we should try to fight inflammation as best as we can, and if that means following an anti-inflammatory diet then I think it’s worth a try.
TO SEE THE FULL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET RECOMMENDED BY DR. WEIL, click here.