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August 5, 2012

Healthy With Multiple Sclerosis Series: Diet Is the Cornerstone

Cover of "The MS Recovery Diet"

Cover of The MS Recovery Diet

There are several books and websites about diet and MS in the world. There is the MS Recovery Diet. The Swank Diet. The Best Bet Diet. The Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Diet. Dr. McDougall’s Diet. And more recently the Wahls Diet. Do we really need another diet?

We do if it is easier to follow and relies on a common thread found in all the diets just mentioned. There’s no official name for the diet I used (I’m not so self-important to name it after myself), but it could be called an anti-inflammatory diet or an alkaline diet, with an MS twist.

Each of the above diets work from the principle of reducing inflammation and thus the immune response. Some do it be reducing fat. Others by eliminating common allergens. Others by taking an intensive nutritional approach meant to repair damage. What they all have in common is goal of reversing the acidic state of our bodies associated with the Standard American Diet.

If you have looked at any of these diets, you know they can seem daunting. Most focus on what you can’t have. In my own journey, it took me a while to realize the better approach is to focus on what you CAN have. That’s why I love the anti-inflammatory/alkaline approach.

The anti-inflammatory/alkaline approach starts from the premise that there are foods that reduce your body’s inflammation. That’s because these foods replenish your body with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and essential fatty acids necessary for proper cellular functioning. Those foods are also supportive of cellular repair.*

In contrast, when we eat a lot of acid-producing food (or are very stressed), our body goes searching for minerals to stay in balance. It finds them most often in our bones. When our body has to search for the minerals it needs to stay in balance we are drained of energy. Our immune system is also weakened.

So the most doable approach is to load up on alkaline producing foods (I prefer 80% for those with MS). Here’s how that looks:

· Fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. There really is no limit here. Kale, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, bok choi, zucchini, watermelon, mango, avocados, and pineapple. Eat them raw; eat them cooked, but eat them. Make them the center piece of every meal, not just the side dish.

· Most nuts and seeds are great alkaline, mineral-rich sources of minerals and should be incorporated into your diet.

· Eat whole grains, especially the following: brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, kasha, oats and millet. It is best to find out if you have a gluten sensitivity, as that has been associated with MS.

· Be watchful of animal products. Dairy has been shown to create an immune response that aggravates MS. If you are eating meat, be sure it is as clean and free of hormones and antibiotics as possible.

· Finally kick your junk food and sugar habit. They provide no nutritional benefit, are highly acidic and only contribute to fatigue, weight gain and other problems.

Now a word of caution. Don’t do what I did and make all these changes at once. I promise, you’ll come after me if you try.

Instead try one. Try the easiest one – eating more fruits and vegetables. Aim for 6 to 9 cups a day.

Once that feels comfortable, move onto the next step. Soon you will be loading your plate with veggies, topping it with a few seeds or nuts, adding a whole grain and voila, you have a delicious nutrient packed meal that will give you energy and help you thrive.

*Note: remember from high school chemistry alkaline is from 7.1 to 14 on the pH scale, acid is from 0 to 6.9 on the scale, with 7 being neutral. Our body aims to keep our blood acid at 7.3.

Laurie Erdman helps busy individuals living with chronic illness, stress or fatigue double or even triple their energy so they can enjoy life again. She overcame multiple sclerosis, fatigue, and chronic stress, and now inspires and educates others to use nutrition and lifestyle changes to create a healthier, more vibrant life. Laurie is Founder and Chief Wellness Hero at Chronic Wellness Coaching. Visit Laurie at http://www.chronicwellnesscoaching.com

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July 29, 2012

Good Energy Food for Diabetics

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you should be aware, diabetes is a condition where the level of sugar in the blood of a person is abnormally high, and must be controlled to avoid serious health conditions. Therefore, diet plays an important role in controlling diabetes by keeping blood sugar at appropriate levels. To find energy foods for diabetics, it is essential to consider several things such as limiting the intake of refined carbohydrates, sugar, etc. If you’re wondering what foods are safe to consume that help to acquire the energy for diabetics then take a look at the following list of foods.

List of energy foods for diabetics

Good foods for diabetics do not affect the level of blood sugar, but also help to maintain adequate levels. Similarly, these foods should have a low glycemic index (GI) value. Carbohydrates and meat are considered rich sources of energy, but these foods can increase the blood glucose levels. There are several other foods that are considered high-energy provider for diabetics. They include:

Whole grain products: whole grain foods are safe for diabetics to consume. They contain complex carbohydrates that are slowly absorbed in the diet and do not lead to increases in blood sugar. They contain no fat and therefore, can not be dangerous in the diet. Whole grain pasta, bread, oats, corn, wheat cereal, are all energy food grain for diabetics. However, it should be noted that carbohydrates should be eaten in moderation, or it can affect the level of blood sugar.

Beans and legumes: Legumes, beans and peas are also considered the best food for diabetics, because they contain a low GI index and contain almost all other essential nutrients. You should include foods that give you energy like lentils, black beans, peas, pinto beans and kidney beans in your daily diet as it helps to gain energy and vitamins and essential minerals, such as magnesium, iron, etc.

Green vegetables: Vegetables are also excellent food for energy and green leaves also help to provide other necessary nutrients. Green cabbage, beets and turnips, asparagus, spinach, kale and broccoli, contain high amounts of fiber and less fat content and therefore, these foods are included in the list of diabetic foods. Green vegetables should be cooked without salt because they already contain good amounts of sodium.

Seafood: As you should be aware of the proteins are also necessary to provide energy for the body and, therefore, good sources of proteins should be an important part of the diabetic diet. Fish, seafood and others (lentils and beans as well) are excellent sources of protein and contain no fat at all. Therefore, fish such as salmon, trout, tuna, halibut, etc. should also be included in the list of diabetic diet.

More energy foods for diabetics

In addition to the aforementioned high-energy foods, there are several other foods that provide energy and can be consumed by diabetics. Here is a list of foods for diabetics to eat to gain energy.

Mollusks
Nuts
Seeds
Avocados
Blueberries
Citrus Fruit
Brown rice
Carrots
Lean meats
Milk

Fat free dairy products

I hope this list of energy foods for diabetics will be helpful to you. Finally, as a cautionary note, one should remember that in the case of diabetes, changes in diet should be done after consulting a doctor. Take care!

M.Arif has been writing articles for nearly 3 years. His newest interest is in health fitness. So come to visit his latest website that discusses health and fitness tips and how to lose weight .

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July 27, 2012

Diabetic Diet: How Tangerines and Oranges Can Help Cure Diabetes

English: Overview of the most significant poss...

English: Overview of the most significant possible symptoms of diabetes. See Wikipedia:Diabetes#Signs_and_symptoms for references. Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let anyone fool you. It is possible to cure type 2 diabetes and you can include many foods in your diabetic diet that contain substances that help cure diabetes.

Recent research proves that tangerines and oranges contain a substance called nobiletin that helps to cure diabetes. Specifically, nobiletin prevents the build up of fat in the liver and the subsequent over productive of insulin due to increasing glucose in the blood. Nobiletin also prevents the build-up of arterial plaque which causes heart disease and stroke.

Nobiletin is a very powerful antioxidant in a family of antioxidants called flavonoids. Antioxidants eradicate free radicals in the body that can lead to cancer, a compromised immune system, and a weakened body that can make it ripe for the development of diabetes. The underlying causes of all of these disorders are the same.

Tangerines contain more nobiletin than do oranges but both have a good quantity. Nobiletin is not found in lemons or grapefruit however. However, as an example of how variety is always good, lemons help diabetics in many other ways including very significantly lowering the glycemic index of any food it is added to and making your cells less insulin resistant.

The nobiletin is found in the tissues of the fruit and in the peel so just drinking juice is not as good as eating the whole fruit for this benefit. Grated peel is also a very tasty addition to salads and stirfries. You can also seep tangerine or orange peel in hot water for an excellent and very healthy tea. In fact, tangerine peel is has a mildly sweet flavor as a tea.

You really can can cure diabetes through diet and other natural means. I know because I cured my diabetes this way. I went from a HgAC1 of 10.6 to less than 6 (my last reading was 5.2) in less than 6 months and I’ve been able to keep it that way for quite a long time now. When I was first diagnosed, they were giving me insulin and then they wanted me to take a variety of prescription drugs for life.

They kept talking about how my disease would progress like it was a definite foregone conclusion this would happen. I finally said, “NO!” to the drugs, shopped around to find another doctor who would support my efforts to cure my diabetes naturally, and educated myself extensively on what to eat and what not to eat – and much of it is not as intuitive as you might think!

If you want to cure your diabetes naturally (or prevent your pre-diabetes from developing into full blown diabetes), what you need is a complete step-by-step well-organized guide that will give you all the information you need to cure your diabetes from one single source. This is one of the best guides available. You don’t have to settle for taking pills and shots your whole life.

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July 26, 2012

Trouble With Digesting Nuts

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Iranian nuts & fruit

Iranian nuts & fruit (Photo credit: mcfcrandall)

How to Digest Nuts Better: Behind the Scenes

 

Salting, roasting, toasting, soaking – what helps, what hinders and why do so many people have problems with eating nuts? Here is a step by step breakdown of the digestive process, and how nuts are impacted by one’s digestive system.

How Digestion Breaks Down Nuts in Stages

Roughly a three-stage process, digestion begins in the mouth, when as you are chewing, enzymes in the saliva begin to break down the starch in foods. Later, enzymes in the stomach begin to release or unfasten the bonds (chemical in nature) that hold the proteins in food together. Still more enzymes in the intestines, together with bile, continue to break down foods (and nuts), working on the protein, starches and fats.

Not all materials can be broken down by the body, however, and high on the list is fiber, which is not digestible. Fiber makes its way through the intestines, only partially broken down by the bacteria in the colon; this process is again aided by the production of enzymes in this part of the body. Comparatively, starches are broken down in a couple of hours or less, while proteins take at least that long, and may stay in the body for upwards of 5 hours. Fat takes even longer, which means that high fat meals stay in the body for potentially many hours.

How Nuts Are Composed: Proteins and Fiber

High in both fiber and protein (as well as healthy fat – upwards of fifty percent), most tree nuts also contain a good deal of protein (10-20%). The fiber content in nuts is also significant, amounting to upwards of ten percent of their nutritional make-up. Nuts make up an excellent source of nutrition and sustained energy for these very reasons: the fiber and healthy fat contents, along with the protein, all make for a slow digestion cycle in the body.

Digesting Nuts: How Preparation Might Factor In

As mentioned earlier, cooking methods like roasting or baking can also influence the how your body successfully (or otherwise) digests nuts. Any type of cooking essentially breaks down food at a chemical level, in a way not dissimilar to the body’s own methods. The lower the temperature, the better the process aids the body itself in further breaking down and digesting the food. High-temperature baking and cooking destroys many of these same chemical bonds. The good fats to be found in nuts are among these bonds that are destroyed in high-temperature cooking.

Other Compounds Found in Nuts, and Digestion

Tannins, found in nuts, are naturally occurring complex polyphenolics, and are often found in woody plants. Polyphenolics are simply natural antioxidants that comprise an organic defense for plants; these may also be good for human health. The tannins’ main function in nature is a protective one, as their bitter taste deters many animals from eating the foods that contain them. For example, walnuts are chief among the foods high in tannin. Additionally, tannins are contained in cashews, pistachios, pecans and the skins of almonds and peanuts.

These same tannins are heat-resistant, so even high temperature baking and roasting does not break them down, which partially explains why the nuts might give some people trouble when digesting. The fibrous quality of nuts, given the intestine’s inability to completely break down fiber, also explains why there may be some trouble digesting nuts. Gas is produced by the intestine in many cases as some of the colon’s bacteria attempts to break down whatever parts of the fiber that it can.

Cooking, Roasting, Baking: Digestion Helpers With Nuts?

Cooking nuts in a variety of fashions, to recap, does aid in breaking down the starch elements of the the nuts’ nutritional make-up. However, the very elements that might increase difficulty in digestion, the high proteins, tannins and fiber, still produce problems for many. The plant protein-rich quality of nuts may prove to be handled well by the stomach, though in many cases, where the pancreas aids in the process, the roasting of the nuts can help improve nuts’ digestibility.

Digesting Nuts May Be Slow, But Benefits Are High

It is the healthy fats found in nuts that end up contributing to the slowing down of digestion the most. This is especially true when compared to how quickly the body may break down foods that are high in carbohydrates, like breads and fruits. The fiber in nuts is generally what gives a feeling of fullness, but the gas that is produced in the intestines as some bacteria attempt to break down the nut’s fiber may also promote a full feeling. Eating too many nuts at a time (beyond two servings) may produce many of the symptoms and effects mentioned above, leading a person to feel full and perhaps suffer mild indigestion. The reality is that the proteins, fiber and healthy fats are the cause – not over-eating.

Benefits of Soaking and Re-hydrating Nuts

Soaking nuts like almonds and cashews in filtered water re-hydrates them. (To find out even more on Re-hydrating Nuts [http://www.greeneggsandplanet.com/blog], read this Green Eggs and Planet post.) Beyond the enriched flavor and new texture, the process also removes chemicals known as enzyme inhibitors. These chemicals are natural, and exist for the purpose of protecting the nut until it is the appropriate time for it to sprout. When you soak the nuts in water, the fluids release the enzyme inhibitors and wash them away. For those who experience a bit of trouble when digesting dried nuts, removing the enzyme inhibitors (which can make the nut difficult to digest) may solve the problem.

Other options to aid in digestion include eating raw nuts in smaller portions, to maximize the healthy benefits of the nuts while minimizing the pain of indigestion, or lightly roasting nuts to begin the process of chemically breaking down the nuts. Avoid commercially roasted nuts, however, as the high temperatures (+170F) cause a breakdown of the fats in nuts, thus producing free radicals that are harmful to the body.

Matty Byloos writes and manages the Green Blog known as: Easy Ways to Go Green, as well as the Organic Food Blog: Organic Eating Daily

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August 30, 2011

Pain Relief for a Stomach Bacterial Infection

A stomach bacterial is caused by pathogenic bacteria. These bacteria invade the stomach wall, damaging it and causing inflammatory diseases such as peptic ulcers and Crohn’s disease. These bacteria which can cause peptic ulcers are called Heliobacter pylori(H. pylori).

A stomach bacterial infectioncan be very painful. To alleviate the pain, over-the-counter medications such as Zantac can be used.

Amoxicillin or another antibiotic is also given, to help kill the H. pylori bacteria. Antibiotics are usually taken for about 2 weeks.

August 29, 2011

Vegetable Sushi: A Healthy Snack

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Carrying a boxed or bag lunch can help you to save money. Both kids and adults can carry boxed lunches containing healthy meals and healthy snacks.

 

Vegetable sushi combines rice and vegetables, giving essential nutrients needed for the day’s activities. A tasty sauce can be packed with the vegetable sushi for added flavor.

 

Carrying a healthy snack cuts down on the likelihood that money will be spent on something that has little or no health value.

Pathogenic Bacteria: The Cause of Bacterial Infection

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Pathogenic bacteria are responsible for the bacterial infections that can occur almost anywhere in the body.

 

Pathogenic bacteria cause infections and disease. They are responsible for toxic shock syndrome, food poisoning, pneumonia, strep throat and meningitis.

 

Most persons have had a bacterial infection at one time or another-whether it’s an bacterial intestinal infection, ear infection, or some other form of infection, opportunistic pathogenic bacteria are likely to cause infection at some point.

Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis Muscle Weakness

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Muscle weakness is one of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Some of the other symptoms associated with MS are muscle numbness and stiffness or spasticity in the muscles.

 

Treatment for multiple sclerosis muscle weakness involves the use of medication such as tizanidine and diazepam.

 

These drugs are muscle relaxants and are more popularly found other the brand names Zanaflex(tizanidine) and Valium( diazepam).

 

The multiple sclerosis Liberation Treatment has also brought relief to a number of persons who previously suffered from muscle weakness as a symptom of multiple sclerois.

Stabbing Eye Pain: Treatment

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There are many types of stabbing eye pain, and they are categorized according to their cause. A stabbing pain in the eye may come on suddenly, or start off as mild discomfort and grow in intensity over time.

 

Throbbing in the eye, eye socket pain and even pain behind the eye are ways in which patients experience pain in the eye.

 

Stabbing eye pain that is due to wearing contact lenses can be relieved by not wearing contact lenses for a few days. Treating underlying conditions such as glaucoma will help in cases where another condition is causing the pain. A doctor will determine what type of treatment will be best.

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