I love love love that there is so much research directed toward gut health and autoimmune disease. Here is another article from Forbes, with more support for the role of gut bacteria in MS.
I had to read the article a couple times to fully understand. If you are interested in discussing this, please feel free to comment below.
“We essentially discovered a remote control by which the gut flora can control what is going on at a distant site in the body, in this case the central nervous system,” said Dr Francisco Quintana, lead author of the paper from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Bruce Bebo, Executive Vice President of Research at the National MS Society, which part-funded the study said: “It is complicated to dissect when this pathway is acting positively to suppress inflammation and promote repair or negatively, causing inflammation and blocking repair. This new research increases understanding these pathways and is likely to lead to strategies and treatments which can slow down and even stop disability in MS.”
This is inspirational!
Jennifer Powell, the author of this article, is trying a diet change to support her MS. Does this inspire you? What diet changes have you tried?
MS and Healing Through Healthy Eating
Remember the Fat-Free craze in the 90s? Sadly, I was an active participant in eating only Fat-Free Foods.
Today, we know fat is a required staple in our diet. Jordan and Steve from SCD Lifestyle always share great advice for a healthy gut!
Check out their article on Fats to include and Fats to avoid. For our family, our go-to oil is Avocado oil. What fats do you like to use in your cooking?
Are you getting enough Magnesium? Unless you are making a conscious effort to consume magnesium-rich foods or are supplementing with magnesium, you are probably not getting enough magnesium. Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body on a daily basis. This is a great article from Judy Lynn from @multiplesclerosisnewstoday. I highly recommend reading the entire article (it is short). She shares some why it is especially important for those of us living with MS to consider our magnesium levels!
Jamie Hughes published a beautiful article today with MS News Today. She writes, “I’ve come to see that my illness isn’t making me miss out on things. Rather, it is the thing that gives my life form, meaning and purpose.”
As we move into 2018, may we keep her words close to us.
Click Here: We Are Streams that Sing
Cathy Chester wrote a great article for MS News Today reminding us about the importance of thinking about our Gut Health with MS. In the article, Cathy quotes research from Harvard Medical School investigators, “What we eat influences the ability of bacteria in our gut to produce small molecules, some of which are capable of traveling all the way to the brain. This opens up an area that’s largely been unknown until now: how the gut controls brain inflammation,”
She is absolutely right that there is a connection between Gut Health and Multiple Sclerosis but I would argue that you don’t have to avoid all food that is tasty. Hehe. We just have to develop a taste for the Gut Healthy food.
Click Here: The Relationship Between Gut Bacteria and Multiple Sclerosis