Can Your Diet Help You Overcome MS?

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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that damages the axons around the brain and spinal cord and disrupts their ability to communicate with each other, leading to a variety of degenerative symptoms such as inflammation, neurological problems, and muscle spasms.  It typically appears in early adulthood and more common among women than men.  Many doctors and experts in the medical profession, particularly practitioners of mainstream medicine, believe that multiple sclerosis or MS has no cure, although there are a variety of treatments that can help the afflicted manage their symptoms and complications.

Despite the fact that mainstream medicine claims that there is no known cure for MS, many practitioners of alternative medicine claim that the disease can not only be managed but potentially eradicated. One such claim is that changing your diet can help you heal MS. Dr. Terry Wahls claims that the problems with MS start with your mitochondria, or the organelles that behave like the digestive system for your individual cells. Dr. Wahls maintains that increasing your intake of the nutrients vital to cellular functioning can turn your case of MS around and free you from its clutches. Eating a diet rich in vitamins B1, B 9, B12, iodine, and animal-based Omega 3 fat can help you heal your cells. This requires you to go on a strict regimen of foods that contain these nutrients and you will need to cut out all sugar and junk food, leaving little to no room for exceptions. Since the majority of people do not engage in dietary practices that get their nutrient needs met on a daily basis, many people suffer from debilitating diseases that could be mitigated or cured by a change in eating habits.

So will your diet really cure MS? It is difficult to say so with certainty, and the mainstream medicine community would definitely balk at such a claim. Still, if you are suffering from MS and are looking for a cure or a way to at least manage your symptoms, then it is a good idea to take Dr. Wahls’ advice and up your intake of B vitamins and Omega 3 oils. There is no harm in doing so and you may be amazed to find that your overall health improves once your body starts getting the vital nutrients it needs in large quantities. Alternative medicine and mainstream medicine will likely never see eye to eye, but if one of the two schools of thought has a recommendation for a cure, then there is no harm in trying it out if it can’t harm you.

Skipping Breakfast Is Not A Weight Control Method


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Many people are looking for the ultimate diet, usually as a means of avoiding the harsh, time-consuming reality of exercise. It doesn’t help that the media is obsessed with promoting not only flawlessly skinny body images, but “easy” diets that supposedly involve little or no work. A diet in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, it is the dietary choices that you make that count. Some people choose healthy diets that focus on cutting out sugars and processed foods, but others go a more unhealthy route- they travel the path that leads to anywhere from crash dieting to developing eating habits that mirror eating disorders.

One common misconception related to weight control is that skipping breakfast can help you slim down. In fact, the opposite is true. Skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain and increased weight control issues. One reason for this is that people who skip breakfast are more likely to take in higher levels of calories at their next meal; additionally, they tend to snack more frequently through the course of the day, and snacking is usually sugar and junk food driven. Skipping breakfast also plays with your blood sugar levels, which can cause moodiness and a lack of energy. There are studies that also indicate that people accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer bigger meals than when they eat spread out, smaller meals. Thus, skipping breakfast is in no way a healthy or reliable method of weight control.

You have probably heard the platitude over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this truth cannot be emphasized enough. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For starters, breakfast gives you the energy you need to be able to execute and complete the tasks for your day ahead. Eating breakfast helps you form consistent eating habits which helps regulate you blood sugar. Eating breakfast is also a complement to your weight control efforts: not eating breakfast means that you are fasting for nearly 20 hours and thus you are not producing the enzymes your body needs to metabolize fat. Without enzymes kicking your metabolic system into gear you cannot lose weight.

While it is important to eat breakfast every morning, this doesn’t mean that you should go to a pancake house or swallow down McDonald’s drive through each morning. Breakfast only supports weight control when it is made up of healthy, balanced foods. Fruits, grains, cereals, eggs, and yoghurt are all great ways to start your morning without falling into the black hole of junk food options. As with all other meals during the day, breakfast must be healthy for you to reap any wellness rewards.

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What role should fast food play in our lives?


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Junk food, fast food, processed food—whatever you choose to call it, it is everywhere. The proliferation of fast food across the globe has caused a sharp increase in obesity, particularly in the Western world, and according to the Australian government nearly 25% of Australian youth are considered overweight.

Whether or not fast food is good for us, it is omniscient and we are confronted by its smells and advertising daily. So how do we realistically approach the fast food leviathan in our daily lives? Here are a few ways to wrestle successfully with the junk food beast:

  • Don’t be too rigid: While fast food should in no way be a part of your daily diet, there is nothing wrong with indulging yourself every once in awhile. Whether it is to satisfy a craving or to save time when the family needs dinner at the end of a long, stressful day, give yourself the green light to stop at Hungry Jacks every once in awhile.  A healthy diet means balance and balance means it is ok to swing in the bad direction every once in awhile.
  • Plan you meals: Most people choose the fast food option because it is super convenient in our time-strapped world. One way to avoid falling into the pit of junk food is to plan your meals. Make a list every weekend of dinner’s you want to eat the following week—dinner’s that are healthy and balanced. Take the weekend to then shop for your supplies so that you are prepared during the week. An added benefit planning healthy dinners is that they can turn into healthy lunches the next day.
  • Exercise: What does exercise have to do with the role of fast food in your life? A lot, actually. Exercise requires you to be more conscious about what you put into your body. If you exercise, you will need to build healthier eating habits, and you may find that you aren’t so interested in processed foods. Exercise also keeps you healthy and in shape for when you do have your occasional junk food slip up.

Fast food should play a minor role in your life, but not best supporting actor—more like one of the names that flashes up on the credits at the end of the film. You don’t have to be dogmatic about avoiding fast food, but if you are conscious about what you eat and work to build healthy eating and exercise habits, then junk food will naturally be relegated to its proper place—movie nights and stress overloaded days.

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Healthy Eating Habits for Healthy Moms and Babies


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If you have just welcomed your little one into the world, then it is important that you remember to eat healthy in all the hullaballoo surrounding a new baby. A nutritious diet is crucial for breast-feeding moms because they are the vesicles of nutrients at a time when crucial physical and psychological developments are taking place in their babies. The less toxins and preservatives you allow into your system while breastfeeding, the better your baby’s chance of developing into a strong child and later adult. If you are a new or expecting mom, here are a few tips for maintaining an optimally healthy diet and baby:

· Stay hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated when (if) you are breastfeeding. Drinking lots of water will help you replenish the fluid you lose from breastfeeding. Drink at least 8 if not more glasses of water a day.

· Eat your fruits and veggies: All of the vitamins and nutrients we need to support physical development and maintain our immune systems are found in fruits and veggies, and the greener the better. Babies need as many nutrients as they can get, so you need to make sure your body is a vitamin temple.

· Avoid the processed food trap: Processed food is a major danger to new mothers because it is an easy alternative when they are tired and lacking energy, but it can be very harmful both to mom and baby. Processed food drains you of energy, fills your body with unhealthy preservatives, and weakens your immune system. All of these negative health benefits are then transmitted to your breastfeeding baby.

· Make a plan: Healthy eating requires conscious planning, and this is especially true when you have an infant. A new baby can be a new set of stresses that you have never experienced, and this can throw you off and make you susceptible to developing bad eating habits. Work with your partner to develop a grocery shopping and meal plan of action that facilitates nutritious eating. Make lists, use a weekly meal planner, or make healthy food in bulk and deep freeze it. However you decide to do it, being organized about your eating habits will help you eat healthier.

Newborn babies are completely dependent on their mothers to provide them with the nutrition that they need. If you have a newborn baby then healthy eating should be your number one priority. Nutritious eating is a lifestyle choice that takes a conscious effort and good planning, but it is worth it and it makes both babies and the family environment healthier.

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How Important Is Healthy Eating During Your Pregnancy?


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If there is one time in your life during which it is crucial to have a healthy diet it is during pregnancy. Fetal development depends on not only the health of the mother, but also what she is putting into her body. Toxins and preservatives hinder the fetuses ability to develop healthily during pregnancy, and they contribute to birth defects and other medical problems. If you are pregnant, then it is crucial that you take your diet very seriously. The quality of life of your baby depends on it. Let’s take a look at some healthy eating habits moms can develop during their pregnancies:

· What to eat: When you are pregnant, your body uses nutrients to nourish you and your growing baby. Increasing your intake of iron, folic acid, protein and calories will help your baby grow and develop with a lower risk of birth defects and complications. Fruits, veggies, grains, and protein from nuts and poultry should be the staples of your pregnancy diet.

· What not to eat: Just as it is important to know what to eat during your pregnancy, it is equally as important to know what not to eat. Many foods are good to avoid because they have no nutritional value, but some foods are actually dangerous to the newly forming baby. Avoid raw eggs, raw and undercooked meats, fish that contain mercury, and unpasteurized milk.

· Vitamin supplements: When you are pregnant, it is a good idea to use prenatal vitamins as a means of complementing your diet. There are many pregnancy supplements on the market, mostly high in folic acid, that you can take to strengthen your baby’s developing body, and they are worth checking out.

· Don’t diet: Dieting is not a good idea when you are pregnant. Diets often take you away from healthy, balanced eating, and will negatively impact the development of your baby. If you are worried about your weight, just know that baby weight comes off with proper eating and exercise after pregnancy and keep in mind that the foods you should be eating while you are pregnant should not contribute to excessive weight gain in the first place.

Eating right during your pregnancy will keep you healthy and give your developing baby the best chance for a healthy future. Don’t spend your time worrying about your figure and don’t spend your time over-indulging on junk food-both will have adverse effects on fetal development. Pregnancy is a good time for you to re-evaluate your own eating habits and gives you a chance to develop healthy eating habits that you can carry into the future, long after you have delivered your bundle of joy.

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