How to Naturally Fight and Prevent Multiple Sclerosis
If multiple sclerosis (MS) is affecting you or a loved one, you may want to learn about fighting the disease naturally. Positive and affirmative thinking are powerful tools to living a healthy and disease-free life. But beyond the power of positive thinking, there are a few natural ways to help ward off the effects of the debilitating disease. Consider the following 5 ways to prevent and fight multiple sclerosis.
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
A diet that is low in fat and high in fiber is thought to be best for battling MS, but the National Multiple Sclerosis Society admits that there’s no one diet that can treat or cure the disease. The symptoms of MS tend to come and go, making it difficult to research the effectiveness of particular diets. However, the following guidelines are understood as helpful in alleviating the symptoms of MS:
Avoid saturated fats
Don’t eat full-fat dairy
Skip the diet drinks
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
Besides eating healthy, women suffering with MS should consider drinking cranberry juice. Urinary tract infections are a common problem for women with MS; cranberry juice is an effective preventative measure.
Also, vitamin D will help the body absorb calcium and fight osteoporosis, which is another common complication of MS. One study this year found people with early-stage MS and higher levels of vitamin D in the blood experienced a slower disease progression.
2. Try Hydrotherapy
Water has been known for centuries as a powerful healing source. Studies have shown that hydrotherapy may be effective in treating multiple sclerosis because it allows sufferers to strengthen their weakening muscles in an environment with little resistance. The water protects MS patients with its buoyancy, providing not only a sense of comfort but also a place to condition and build strength.
3. Seek Acupuncture
Pain, muscle spasms and bladder control often affect people with MS. Acupuncture may help minimize or manage the symptoms associated with the disease. According to Chinese theories of medicine, disease is a result of blocked energy channels in the body. Acupuncture is said to alter the flow of energy through the body, helping to alleviate negative symptoms that are the result of a blocked energy channels.
Sometimes acupuncturists recommend herbal supplements after a session, many of which could have adverse effects on those suffering from MS. Always check with your doctor or health practitioner before taking any herbal remedies while under treatment for MS.
4. Take Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil, or linoleic acid, has been touted for centuries for its healing properties and use in treating numerous diseases and ailments. One study found that evening primrose helped improve MS symptoms.
Evening Primrose Oil might not be the only dietary supplement that could help ease the symptoms of MS. Curcumin, a component of turmeric that can be consumed in large quantities in spicy curries, was also found to have positive effects in studies on rats. Asian countries such as India and China have some of the lowest reports of MS in the world.
5. Partake in Yoga
As long as you avoid yoga poses that could put you at risk for falling, yoga comes with many benefits for learning to live with MS, such as the following:
Less fatigue. People suffering from MS report less fatigue after partaking in yoga.
Better balance. Yoga helps strengthen muscles and promotes balance and stability.
Alleviates muscle stiffness. Muscles are stretched and elongated during yoga, which helps alleviate muscle stiffness.
Before deciding to take any supplements or try any natural remedies, be sure to talk with a health practitioner well-versed in natural medicine. He or she will help you determine which natural remedies may aid in your battle with MS. Adrienne Erin is a health and fitness blogger passionate about treating ailments naturally. You can read more of her work on her blog Foodie Fitness or get in contact with her on Twitter at @foodierx.