Diet is not only useful for losing weight. Several diets can also be used to treat diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS).
This diet was created by a medicine professor at the University of Iowa, Terry Wahls, MD because he was diagnosed with MS. In addition to medical treatment, Wahls sought out a healthy diet that could hopefully help his recovery.
“This diagnosis motivates me to relearn basic science and nutrition. How could I not, for years, I could only lie down and have to do activities in a wheelchair,” added Wahls.
From various studies and observations he conducted, Wahls discovered a mechanism underlying MS and other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s, namely damage to the mitochondria. Mitochondria are small components in cells that manage energy production and are essential for the brain and heart, and overall health.
Digging deeper, Wahls identified 31 essential nutrients for the mitochondria and nervous system.
“Maximize your intake of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients,” said Wahls.
Every day Wahls consumes a menu such as a plate of green vegetables such as kale and a serving of vegetables rich in sulfur such as broccoli, cabbage, and onions. He also always consumes three different colored vegetables on one plate every day. But not including corn and potatoes.
“Also include fish or grass-eating meat, as well as meat broth every day. Don’t forget to complete it with berries and seaweed, at least once a week,” Wahls explained, as written on his website, terrywahls.com.