People with MS as with many other chronic diseases are deficient in many vitamins and minerals because their bodies are so overloaded with toxicicity. In order to provide their bodies with these vital vitamins and minerals they need to supplement their diet with vitamins.
Disease occurs when tissues have degenerated, toxic materials accumulated and the body can no longer remove them. This is when symptoms start to occur. To reverse disease we need our tissues to be better functioning and cleaner with more vitality than we had before. To get to this point, we need to help the body, by cleaning it with liver flushing and by eating only helpful foods that will be used for the repair that needs to take place. Prior to and during this great clean up, we need to take vitamins, as the body is unable to absorb them naturally from the food we eat as before the illness.
Further to these problems; there is also the problem of fillers and binders used in vitamin tablets which will aggravate an inflamed digestive system even further.
There is also the problem of nutrients competing for absorption sites in the gut, so we can’t take too much of anything – and higher doses than the usual RDA of vitamins are usually advisable for people who are ill!
However the subject of vitamins is, with reason, much debated. The body recognises vitamins in our food but synthetic vitamins are not often absorbed due to the poor state of our digestive systems and anything that is absorbed is often unrecognised by the body and sent to the kidneys to be disposed of through urine. This can then lead to kidney stones. People suffering from autoimmune diseases among others are likely to have digestive troubles already, and these supplements only add to their toxic load. Despite the poor state of my digestive system, I have found on blood tests that my body does absorb the vitamins and I think this is because I use high quality vitamins like higher nature, True foods and Biocare. Who knows however, if the vitamin readings are due to them being in the blood on their way to the kidneys.
I am thinking about stopping these vitamins as I go on the GAPS diet as Dr Campbell explains that they only serve to aggravate the digestive system further and can interfere with the process of healing the gut. She suggests we take liquid supplements which do require as much work to break down. It is also important to choose supplements with a high absorption rate such as those with fulvic acid which not only increases absorption of vitamins but also has chelating properties for heavy metals. You can provide fulvic acid by ensuring your probiotic has soil bacteria in it (as it is produced by this bacteria).
I know also that once we have freed the liver (and kidneys if necessary) from its stones, it will be free to work at its optimum. Once the liver is fully functioning, we will absorb all the nutrients we need from the food we eat as nature intended. Then we can stop taking supplements, stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle and let the body take care of itself as before.
Until you have healed your gut and restored your liver, it is sensible to keep on taking the vitamins you know your body absorbs (you can find out by asking your doctor for a blood test) and by taking liquid supplements such as fish oil and cod liver oil, because these are easier for the body to absorb. It is also a good idea to get juicing and provide the body with easy to absorb food in this way so that vitamins are easier for it to get hold of in concentrated amounts. Taking a good probiotic also increases the body’s ability to absorb vitamins by up to 50%.
So in conclusion, to fix the problem of deficiencies, we need to:
-take a good probiotic
-supplement liquid fish oil and cod liver oil
-follow the gaps diet to heal the gut so that we can cure our nutritional deficiencies naturally