Dr. Terry Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and it took her on a journey to finding the reasons the brain shrinks with this disease, and what she could do to stop the progression of her disease. What she found was that there was similar shrinkage of the brain for those who have Huntingtonâ€™s disease, Parkinsonâ€™s and Alzheimerâ€™s, and the common denominator is a poorly functioning mitochondria.
According to Wahls, â€œMitochondria are like little ‘batteries’ in your cells that manage the energy supply to the cell, and unless you consume the correct nutrients, eventual mitochondrial malfunction is the obvious result.â€ She found that three essential nutrients in particular are important to the proper functioning of your mitochondria:
- Animal-based omega-3 fat
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or better yet the reduced version known as Ubiquinol
Wahl says that just by adding these three items to her diet her decline from MS started to slow, although she was not improving, so she continued her research. What she discovered that the outer cover to our nerves in our central nervous system, myelin, also needs specific nutrients in order to properly insulate and protect the nerves.Â The neurotransmitters in your brain also need specific nutrients. The nutrients to help these neurons and neurotransmitters are:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin B12
- Animal-based omega-3 fat
- Vitamin B6
Our bodies create most of these nutrients on its own, but some must come from our diet. In order to make sure we are getting all that we need in order to keep our bodies healthy and fighting the onset of debilitating diseases we need to ensure we get all the vitamins and minerals we need.
Dr. Wahls recommends we change our diets in order to get the nutrients necessary. Her diet includes:
- 3 cups daily (equal to one dinner plate, piled high) of green leaves, such as kale, which are high in vitamins B, A, C, K, and minerals
- 3 cups daily of sulfur-rich vegetables from the cabbage- and onion- families, mushrooms and asparagus
- 3 cups daily of brightly colored vegetables, fruits and/or berries, which are a good source of antioxidants
- Wild fish for animal-based omega-3’s
- Grass-fed meat
- Organ meats for vitamins, minerals and CoQ10
- Seaweed for iodine and selenium
In addition, she has eliminated processed foods, grains, and starches (which includes potatoes and corn). To her amazement, she began to see significant improvement in just three months. For the past seven years she had to sit in a reclining zero gravity chair and could only walk short distances using two canes, and when she reached the end of her 9-month mark of her diet she was able to ride a bike for 18 miles!Â
That is indeed, the power of nutrition!
About the author:
Ron White is a two-time U.S.A. Memory Champion . As a memory speaker he travels the world to speak before large groups or small company seminars, demonstrating his memory skills and teaching others how to improve their memory, and how important a good memory is in all phases of your life.
Mercola.com â€“ Doctor Reverses MS in 9 months by eating these foods: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/23/overcoming-multiple-sclerosis-through-diet.aspx?e_cid=20111223_DNL_art_1