Foods to avoid
Dairy:cutting it out will not give you a calcium deficiency if you ensure you eat a generous portion of dark leafy vegetables such as spinach once a day. Dark green vegetables like broccoli are high in calcium and a much better source than dairy which is full of saturated fat – one of the things it is essential to cut out if you have MS.
Alcohol only contributes to the toxicity the liver must deal with.
Sugar is a poison; it inhibits the body’s absorption of essential minerals and must be cut out completely – it is addictive, so little amounts will inevitably lead to more. Too much sugar affects the efficiency of white blood cells, leaving the body open to invaders it also increases insulin levels which then compete with vitamin C. For one molecule of sugar to be metabolised, the body needs about 56 molecules of magnesium. The fact that magnesium is a common deficiency is therefore no surprise. Read more on this in Judy Graham’s book. Alternatives include dry fruit, honey (but keep to a minimum, as it is essentially sugar), Stevia –look into this amazing plant that tastes like sugar! In Mexico I found it fresh, but here in the UK it is available in powder form.
Fizzy drinks are full of sugar. Diet fizzy drinks contain dangerous sweeteners like aspartame is carcinogenic and neurotoxic. Agave syrup, corn syrup, Xylitol etc are just as dangerous. Fruit juice contains lots of processed fruit sugar and mould. Only drink freshly pressed juice.
Also avoid chocolate – even sugar-free chocolate is bad for you because of the extremely high content of saturated fats. Avoid sweeteners which have been endlessly linked to cancer and are just all round bad for you.
Caffeine and black tea block the absorption of nutrients, as does sugar. It is best to stop drinking these altogether. Good replacements are green, fennel, wheatgrass, jasmine and peppermint tea which all have anti-inflammatory properties.
Processed foods – any processes we subject food to change its biological and chemical structure. The more processed it is, the more chemically it is changed and the more nutrients it loses. Colour, taste and flavour are also lost, so a plethora of chemicals are added to it to compensate for this. The e-numbers, additives and preservatives etc contribute to many health problems. It is given a prolonged shelf-life through further processing – fats are hydrogenated and proteins are denatured. Processed carbohydrates change the flora in the gut, are food for pathogenic bacteria there and provide the perfect glue-like environment for parasites to develop in. Processed carbohydrates and sugars weaken the macrophages and white blood cells as well as undermining the body’s systematic resistance to infection. In this way processed carbohydrates and sugars damage the immune system.
Starchy snacks like crisps, chips and popcorn are an example of highly processed carbohydrates that damage the gut flora. They are saturated with overly heated vegetable oil, creating trans-fatty acids. The latter replace important omega3 and 6 fatty acids in the structure of cells, leaving them dysfunctional. Trans fatty acids weaken Th1 immunity while increasing Th2, in auto-immune conditions Th2 are already overactive. Trans-fatty acids are involved in cancer, heart disease, eczema, asthma and a whole range of neurological and psychiatric illnesses. These foods are also packed with acrylamides.
Breakfast Cereals = highly processed carbohydrates, loaded with sugar, salt and many unhealthy substances. Like the foods mentioned above, they feed abnormal gut flora, which then fill the gut and rest of body with the poisonous toxins they produce. According to several studies carried out on the nutritional value of breakfast cereal; the cardboard box in which they come is of more nutritional value! As with all highly processed food which has been rid of any nutrients, the cereals are the n fortified with synthetic vitamins, which are difficult for us to absorb because they are not natural.
Processed fats such as vegetable cooking and hydrogenated oils and margarine may have less saturated fat in them than the foods they are supposed to be alternatives for, but are just as bad. They are alien to the body and should not really be consumed by anyone. Hydrogenation is used to make vegetable oils solid for margarine, and to increase the shelf life of oils. The process involves adding hydrogen molecules to the oil’s chemical structure at high temperatures and under high pressure in the presence of toxic metals like aluminium and nickel. People with MS are already toxic and do not need any extra toxicity! Messing around with the chemical structure of unsaturated fats produces trans fats which take up the place of essential fats in the body but are unable to do their job, affecting all organs and cells . They are immune-suppressing and so prevent the immune system from functioning correctly. They have been connected to atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, neurological as well as psychiatric problems. They cause trouble in pregnancy, interfere with the normal production of hormones, insulin and its response to glucose, as well as the jobs of enzymes and many other substances active in the body. They also damage the liver and kidneys. They replace the high quantity of unsaturated fatty acids in a baby’s brain and so interfere with its development. As trans fats can damage very important bodily functions they are obviously very linked to the degenerative diseases which plague our modern world and did not exist before we started messing around with the chemical structure of our food. Click here to read about good oils.
Preserved fish and meats are full of salt, preservatives, starches and sugars and should really be avoided.