Drink lots of filtered water (chlorine in the upsets the gut flora balance) It is not a good idea to drink more than a few sips whilst eating as it can get in the way of digestion.
Try to eat fruit before other foods as they are easily digested and can cause problems if eaten after other foods – they need to be digested first. They can however be combined with greens in a green smoothie.
Protein is so important for giving your body what it needs to repair itself, make sure you have a good source of protein with every meal. Fish is important due to its high EFA content, but if you are vegetarian, beans and pulses are a good alternative. Green vegetables also have protein in them, make the most out of this protein by blending it to digest it better.
Eat proteins last, other foods will help the stomach prepare the digestive acids needed to digest proteins fully. Eat animal protein at lunch time, when the digestive system has the most bile available to deal with it. Chicken is fine once a week, as is an egg four times a week as long as they are organic (to avoid the hormones and antibiotics injected into chickens).
Eat vegetables with lemon juice to increase your iron absorption
Try and finish eating early on in the day – by six or seven in the evening. Doing so will mean that your body has enough time to finish digesting before you go to bed, so that it can spend the rest of the night working on repairing itself. This also goes for liquids, aim to stop drinking two hours before you go to bed, to avoid awaking to use the toilet. Give your body a full uninterrupted night’s sleep to work on fixing itself.
When boiling food, do not use more water than you need. Throwing away water will mean losing vitamin B from the food that was cooking in it.
Oils seed and nut oils should be cold pressed, pure, in a dark bottle, and have a higher content of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat than saturated fat. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are very fragile and easily damaged by heat, light and oxygen. They are easily changed into dangerous trans fatty acids. That is why seeds and nuts have such hard shells. So it is important not to cook these oils use raw over a cooked meal, two teaspoons per meal is about right. For frying use the juice from a lemon, lime or orange – see recipes for details. (If you must use oil to fry, cold pressed sunflower oil in a dark bottle is the least dangerous as it can sustain higher temperatures, try not to let it boil though). Keep oils refrigerated once opened. Another alternative to frying is steaming. Vegetables are especially delicious when steamed – finish by adding 2 tbs of a good pure oil such as pumpkin seed or linseed oil.
Virgin cold pressed olive oil improves brain cell function and maturation. It has omega3 and omega6. It has omega9 which can strengthen the Th1 arm of the immune system. It is the minor components of this oil which are most beneficial and give it its health-giving properties. Do not use in cooking, as heat destroys these properties and makes the unsaturated fats harmful as with seed and nut oils.
Seeds are very good for you as long as they are fresh so it is important you do not buy them ready ground as they get rancid easily. Buy a seed grinder and grind them yourself.
Linseed which has anti-inflammatory properties, should be eaten every day – either the seed or a product made with it. It contains Linoleic acid.
Sesame seeds have a high magnesium content.
Hempseed is anti-inflammatory due to its high content of Omega 3.
Both Seeds and Nuts should be bought in their shells or freshly shelled. Do not have then roasted, salted, coated or processed in any way.
People with MS are often allergic to gluten. Have an allergy test ASAP to find out what you are allergic to.
Phytates found in nuts, seeds and grains such as whole grain are strongly antioxidant but bind up minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, preventing the body from absorbing them. To counteract this eat whole grains with vitamin C-rich foods and probiotics.
Invest in a breadoven this will allow you to avoid the rubbish and hidden ingredients used in bread by making your own. This is essential if you discover a gluten/wheat allergy, as you can use alternatives such as rye.
As mentioned above, it is a really good idea to have an allergy test and avoid all foods that come up. It has been proven that people with MS improve when avoiding foods and substances they are allergic to. Registered homeopaths are often able to do this test for you, although they can be quite pricey. You need not do it too often, personally I think once every few years is enough. Ask your practitioner for their opinion. It is important to have yourself tested for allergies as it is believed that small amounts of endotoxin from the intestinal tract may be absorbed through a weakened inflamed intestinal wall as a result of the ingestion of allergic foods. This would cause an onset of MS symptoms. If allergic foods are ingested on a daily basis this can contribute to the downhill course of MS. This is explained in full in Judy Graham’s book, so I recommend you read it, and of course get tested for allergies.
Cooking utensils are well worth considering carefully. Many of the everyday items in our kitchen are unsafe for cooking as they react with the food during cooking and release chemicals into it. You can find a complete safe list of cooking utensil options on internet sites such as:
Similarly, the food you store should not be kept in plastic, as it also releases chemicals into it, always try to store food in glass dishes. If you cannot avoid plastic, at least avoid storing food when hot.
Do not microwave food as it denatures it.
Do not eat burnt foods, they are carcinogenic! (causing cancer)