Sprouts

Sprouts are very good for the nervous system. During sprouting, minerals bind to protein making it easier for the body to use them, helping the body extract more amino acids, essential fats, minerals and vitamins from the rest of the food you eat.

Seeds and beans become even healthier foods when sprouted before using. Sprouted sunflower seeds are full of iron and chlorophyll – which helps detoxify the liver and blood. Pea and alfalfa* sprouts are also renowned for their excellent properties.

*although Alfalfa seeds are said to be very good for you, they have very high levels of canavanine, an amino acid. Some studies have linked canavanine to the worsening of inflammatory conditions. For this reason, people with MS should sprout other seeds instead.

But why are they so good for our health? When sprouting, seeds convert some of their sugar into vitamin C to use as an antioxidant as it sprouts into the new open air environment. They have more vitamin C at the sprouting stage than later when they mature. They also start synthesizing a range of new enzymes, in order to deal with oxygen metabolism as they sprout above the soil.

Doctors in Germany experimented with around 100 MS patients. The patients were given sprouts and green juices as the main part of each meal. Each of them improved, 15 of them recovering completely.

Sprouts are also rich in silicon, which is good for the skin.

Seeds, beans, chick peas and many other foods are very easy to sprout. Beans and chickpeas can be soaked in water for a few days and they will sprout. Put seeds in a wet glass jar, and leave by the window, in sunlight to sprout. Here is a useful video for sprouting sunflower seeds. After 12 hours of soaking, seeds sprout slightly and become much easier to digest.

In Conclusion: eat more sprouts!!!!

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The Skin Absorbs Everything!

I’ve just been reading about how our skin absorbs most things from the environment very efficiently; sometimes better than the digestive system, if the latter is impaired. This is not new information to me, I know the skin is often referred to as the second liver – because of the filtering it needs to do of toxins. But apparently it doesn’t act as a very good barrier. Unlike toxins passing through the digestive system, those passing through the skin go straight into the blood stream.

I already use an aluminium-free natural deodorant because cells removed from cancerous breasts are often packed with aluminium and it is very likely that all this aluminium comes from deodorants which are of course used pretty close to the breasts. But I think it is also important to use chemical free shampoos and soap. Skin brushing is also advisable, to remove dead cells and any pollutants you have not yet absorbed before you shower. Image

It is important to shower before you go to bed to remove any pollutants you accumulated during the day. The thing which is most concerning as a result of skin being such a good absorbent of our environment though is that swimming in chlorinated water is a terrible idea.

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That throws my exercise programme out the window, now I need to either swim in a natural lake or take up another sport. I am thinking about walking, as I know that any exercise which heats up my body makes me feel bad, as it does many people with MS.

 

How to cure an infected blister naturally

Yes folks, it ain’t pretty, I had a blister on my foot, and it hurt so the GP cried ANTIBIOTICS! She wasn’t even sure that it was infected! After a few days I was in so much pain I actually considered taking them, but in a desperate attempt to find an alternative, I stumbled upon the idea of tea tree oil online. As I already had some at home, I thought I’d try it out before giving in to the evil antibiotics. Two drops twice a day, directly onto the blister (after cleaning it with soap and hot water followed by a salt foot bath once a day) and hurrah, my blister is no longer painful and although and can see it, I no longer feel it and can walk again!!!!

Delicious MS-Diet-Friendly Treats!

So one of my best friends; Rose baby Rose (who is amazing) has made it her mission to create cakes that I can eat..! Obviously these are for special occasions and can’t be eaten every day due to the amount of eggs in them, (maximum 4 a week/1 a day if you are following the MS diet) but they are so much safer for people with MS to eat than traditional cakes and treats.

Here is a selection of Rose’s finest finds so far, I will be updating the recipes page as she continues to experiment with MS-diet-friendly treats 🙂

Chocolate Brownies (makes approx 16) 2 cups cooked black beans drained, 4 organic eggs, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 cup honey, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, 8×8 baking tray

Preheat oven to 350F Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth Scrape batter into greased baking tray Bake for 25 to 30mins

And not forgetting the classic Tea Loaf, thanks Moom!

500g dried fruit, earl grey tea, 350g (3oz)organic wholegrain spelt flour*, 3 tbsp honey, 2 tsp mixed spice, 1 organic egg

Put dried fruit in a basin & cover with hot strong earl grey tea. Leave to soak overnight if possible Put spelt flour , mixed spice, honey & egg into a bowl mix, add fruit & some of liquid, mix If a bit dry, add more liquid Put into cake tin and bake for 45mins If you want a lighter texture add 2 tsp baking powder.

Sweet Potato Muffins (makes approx 12)

4 oz oats, 4 oz organic wholegrain spelt flour*, ½ tsp bicarbonate, 1 tsp baking powder, ¾ tsp nutmeg, ¾ tsp cinnamon, 8 oz sweet potato – boiled & mashed, ½ cup agave syrup/honey (125ml), 3 tbsp olive oil,/rapeseed oil, 2 tbsp raisins, ¼ cup almond milk(60ml), 1 organic egg – beaten, muffin cases/tin

Preheat oven to 180C (375F) Mix oats, flour, bicarb, baking powder, & spices Add sweet potato, honey, oil, raisins, milk and egg – mix together so all dry ingredients are moisture – don’t over mix Spoon into muffin cases/muffin tin Bake until firm and golden (15-20mins)

*Spelt is not gluten free but has much less gluten in it than wheat does: http://thespeltbakers.ca/what-is-spelt/

 

Thank you Rose!!!! All together now: #Rose baby Rose#

And while we’re at it, why don’t we listen to another of my best friends? The fabulous Jesuton?!!! Shake it lady 🙂

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What pattern of MS do you have?

My acupuncturist always tells me that I suffer from damp, that I am damp inside. She is right, when I went on holiday to my gran’s, a lot of my symptoms disappeared completely. When I came back, after one night in my damp flat, they all came back! I felt sick and faint in the middle of the night and found it so difficult to get up again in the morning. So I decided to look into this damp problem.

It seems that there are two basic patterns of MS:

1) Damp-Phlegm with Spleen Deficiency

2) Liver and Kidney Deficiency

According to Chinese medicine these are easy enough to treat with acupuncture and by avoiding the foods contributing to your condition. Find out more about the ‘patterns’ of MS to tackle the one most affecting you.

It seems this all depends on ying or yang deficiencies, it would be best to see an acupuncturist to be sure exactly what your condition is. 

If you are damp like me, a good place to start would be not living in a damp home! My acupuncturist tells me to avoid damp foods like bananas. I looked into these foods and unfortunately they include avocados 😦 but I am willing to make this tiny sacrifice for my health.

Damp foods to avoid:

  • wheat
  • dairy
  • cold drinks
  • fruit juice
  • processed foods
  • refined flour, pastry, pasta, breads
  • cold raw foods
  • refined sugar and sugar substitutes
  • coffee, alcohol
  • deep fried foods
  • peanuts and peanut butter
  • bananas, avocado

 Foods to eat more of:

organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper

  • brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats
  • legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils
  • small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna
  • small amount of whole fruits, lemon
  • sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • seaweed, kelp
  • green tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea

Luckily for those of us with MS, most of these adhere to the MS diet rules anyway.

Click here for more tips on how to deal with damp. 

Omega 3 rules

I have been reading about how Omega 3 slows down inflammation and discourages the growth of tumours while omega 6 works to help with inflammation, encouraging tumours. These findings are presented clearly in Artemis Simopoulos’ book The Omega Plan, where she explains that the chemicals produced in the body from Omega 3s work in opposite ways to those produced using Omega 6s. In recent years it has been proven that although omega 6 is not as harmful as saturated fats are, it is important to make sure your EFAs are mostly omega 3 sources. This means that if like me, you have been taking Evening Primrose Oil supplements, which contains only omega 6, you need to reconsider.

A high dosage of omega-3 fatty acids is necessary to reduce inflammation: 1-3g of EPA and DHA daily (check your fish oil/omega-3 tablets for these figures before you buy them) is what is recommended in Professor Jelinek’s book. I will make modifications to the diet on this blog ASAP. According to Simopoulos omega-3 helps to protect the body from not only auto-immune diseases, but coronary heart disease as well as cancer. The Journal of the American Medical Association published information in 2007 highlighting how omega-3 helped reduce risks of type 1 diabetes by over 50% in children at risk of developing the disease.

There are good plant sources of omega 3 such as linseed and its oil. According to Jelinek’s book canola and rapeseed oil as well as walnuts and pecans and their oils are also excellent sources. Just be careful to follow the good oil rules when choosing one.

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Omega-6 like omega-3 however does help work against the degeneration in MS. Also helpful against degeneration are monounsaturated fats which have no affect on the immune system.

Today is a Wonderful Day

It is sunny, but not too hot, and there is a perfect breeze. A couple of days ago I realised that there is a spot round the back of the communal garden I share with my neighbour, under some trees which is just perfect. My neighbours don’t really come out into the garden, and so I am able to have it all to myself on a beautiful day like today. It is peaceful and inspiring, with a lovely piece of sky to watch the clouds go by. I sat down to write a few days back and found that is was really ideal.

Having felt the healing nature of the earth I always read about, I decided I would try a bit of yoga this morning as I walked barefoot across the grass. I sat in my new favourite spot and found it so easy to become hypnotised by my breathing. What a wonderful yoga session. I really recommend walking barefoot on the grass first thing in the morning if you are lucky enough to have a garden, or a park/forest nearby. It truly is healing, I can feel it, and if you try it, I’m sure you will too.