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Old 06-18-2017, 04:21 PM
Suebee Suebee is offline
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Default Immune Diet interventions

Hey, just met someone who has another kind of immune disorder and suggested I look into Dr. Axe, Eat Dirt book. Anyone read it or tried diet?

At first blush, Axe's diet appears to be similar to Swank, and eliminates gluten, sugar, and anything that might promote inflammation. Axe is big on fixing a leaky gut, and urges a lot of supplementation. In theory, leaky gut makes sense to me - if one can't absorb proper nutrients than your body won't be healthy.
But I always am cynical when the person promoting a health diet also sells the supplements that one must take to be on the diet, which is the case here. I also worry about blindly ingesting probiotic supplements in hopes it colonizes in my gut better than the bacteria in my gut now. Years ago I tried a different brand of probiotic supplements and proceeded to yack all over friends from out of town. Memorable for all.

So anyone like Axe's ideas about immune diets and supplements?
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:34 PM
Susannah Susannah is offline
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Great info, thanks!

I think I've said on here before that I swear by an autoimmune paleo approach to my diet - for the past 3 years I've had no processed food and no gluten, grains, dairy, soy, legumes, and nightshades. People wonder what in the heck I can eat and feel sorry for me - I eat so much and I love it! Tons of fruits and veggies, meat, fish, nuts.

I've never felt better and have rediscovered the love of real food! Best of all is that the ms calmed down sooo much and my brain fog is gone. My doctor and I both figure that I probably healed my leaky gut and that could have contributed to ms improvements.

I do not take supplements and tend to think that for most people beneficial changes can be brought about by changing your diet. First cut out processed food and see how you feel. Good, wholesome food can be transformative without the expense of supplements.

Never did I think I could change my diet this way - I loved pizza and beer and wondered who would ever even want to suck the joy out of their life by cutting these out, especially if you have MS - life is short so live it up! Right?! I was so wrong! Once I realized how much more energy I have and how good I feel, it became a no brainer to make the healthy choice. It's not even a matter of willpower because I can't ever imagine going back to living and feeling how I did before.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:10 PM
Suebee Suebee is offline
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Thanks Susannah! I'll ck out your prior posts about diet. It is so reassuring and exciting to hear first hand from someone who has made good nutrition a weapon against MS! I find it hard here in the states to adhere to a good diet.

I've been having a lot of joint pain lately, I think secondary to poor recruitment/muscle weakness, and bought a 7 day trial of a jt supplement at drug store. I figured if the vet prescribes it for doggie than maybe I could give human version a trial. Also started slowly identifying inflammatory foods and trying to eliminate from my diet. I've forgotten details of my prior research on it, so I'm kinda starting from scratch. But good to know it is working for you and doable. Thanks! Suebee
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