A Heart Healthy Diet for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 2018
Nutrition matters in Multiple Sclerosis. Unfortunately, there is NO magic diet that fixes MS. OK. Also there is no scientific evidence to support any of the current so-called “MS diets.” Now that doesn’t mean that they do not work, it just means that I lack adequate objective evidence to recommend them. So where does that leave us? Are there ANY recommendations out there?
YES. Yes there are. It turns out that a Heart Healthy diet is recommended for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Uncontrolled cardio-vascular risk factors (things like morbid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure) actually drive the MS disease process FASTER! This is separate from the cardio-vascular concerns themselves. So, for this reason, it’s a reasonable for people with Multiple Sclerosis to consider a heart health diet.
This video reviews what a heart healthy diet entails, broken down into 4 sections. Then I included a bonus section on dietary supplements!
1. Watch equation calories in (mouth) vs calories out (exercise). Recommendations for daily physical activity and portion control are reviewed. Also discuss drinking more water!
2. Foods that are “Good to Eat” with a Heart Healthy Diet: These include all variety of fruits and veg, fiber rich Whole grain, Skinless poultry and fish (fish at least twice weekly), non tropical vegetable cooking oils (e.g. canola, corn, olive, peanut, soybean, sunflower), Low fat (1%) or fat free (skim) dairy products and low sodium foods (cook w/o or w/ little added salt).
3. Foods to “Limit/Avoid”: These include foods with high saturated fats (fatty beef, lamb, port, poultry w/ skin, beef fat, lard, cream, butter, cheese). If you to have red meat, choose the leanest cut. This section also includes foods high in trans fats: This includes things like doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies & cakes, commercially fried foods /baked goods with shortening or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. It’s important to avoid sweets and sugar sweetened beverages. Also important to avoid foods high in sodium. prepare foods with little/no salt.
4. Alcohol and Tobacco: The heart healthy diet recommends limited alcohol intake to 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men. It recommends that you DON’T SMOKE.
BONUS: I included a bonus section of the video on SUPPLEMENTS: I discuss my opinions, and talk about MVI, vitD3, vit B12, high dose biotin, fiber, water and probiotics. Levo-carnitine and immune boosters are also discussed.
DISCLAIMER: This video (and all our videos for that matter) is intended to provide education only. It isn’t intended to provide medical advice of any kind- just education. Obviously, this video does NOT replace talking to your provider. Talk to your provider about what’s nutritionally right for YOU.
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