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Healing through lifestyle

Deepika Rathod

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease which affects the central nervous system of our body. When afflicted with this condition, our defence mechanism – immune system – destroys the protective lining which covers the nerves and hence the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves in the eyes are greatly affected.

Multiple Sclerosis refers to enumerable areas of tissue scarring (sclerosis) and damage which majorly affect brain and spinal cord. Apart from autoimmunity, MS can also be caused by few severe viral infection, heavy metal toxicity and chronic vitamin D deficiency genetically transferred from family or few other autoimmune disease like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).

Symptoms for MS ranges from blurred vision, improper gait, depression, cognitive impairments, lack of coordination, numbness, tingling, burning, itching or pain on the skin, cranks and spasm, etc. These are few of the easily seen symptoms but MS is a bit difficult to diagnose and you need to consult a good neurosurgeon for the same. It can’t be completely reversed but the progression of disease can be slowed down and a person can try and heal the body gradually with a few healing foods and lifestyle changes.

Exercise or some activity like walking is very important as the bones and muscles needs to be active. Sometimes even physiotherapy helps if the disease has progressed and one can’t do any activity.

Try and go for a variety of colours in your plate to provide antioxidants that can help prevent your body from free radical damage and inflammation. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activities because they reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, demyelination and autoimmune responses in the body.

Coconut oil is a superfood that actually helps heal the body plus it contains large amounts of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that support the overall brain function and nervous system.

*The EPA/DHA can help improve brain health and reduce inflammation. The best omega-3 foods include salmon, cod liver oil, fish oil, flaxseeds, walnuts, etc.

*Few allergens may make MS symptoms worse by triggering the autoimmune response, so try and avoid any foods you might be allergic to, in autoimmune cases particularly gluten, dairy and sugar are common allergens.

*Turmeric or curcumin work as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food that boosts the immune system by significantly reducing the severity of MS symptoms.

*Probiotics and prebiotics are the most important. Probiotics are good bacteria that help restore and maintain gut health which reduces inflammation, and prebiotics are the fodder for probiotics.

Following these few tips and making healthy changes in lifestyle can take you a long way.


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