• Pallavi Rao

Diet For Myasthenia Gravis

The diet for Myasthenia Gravis patients is a tough one.

You see, no two days are the same for Myasthenics.

Bad Days for Myasthenia Gravis Patients

One day we are down in the dumps. We wake up so tired as if we did a full marathon the previous night. The swollen eyes refuse to open. The toothpaste and froth would be all over the washbasin. The early morning slur and lisp pull us down. We are unable to lift a finger, step out of bed, eat or chew well. To bend down to tie our shoelaces or sandals is a Herculean task.

Good Days for Myasthenia Gravis Patients

But then there are good days. We are happy, chirpy, we do not bite, and we are positive, enthusiastic and physically energetic. We even have a bath, get ready and step out of the house in order. We might even manage to go to the office, gallivant in malls and even catch the 1st season of ‘Made in Heaven’ on Amazon Prime!

Of course, then we come home and hit the bed.

Dead to the world. For 2 days!

That is us.

What Factors Trigger Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms?

Over the past 13 odd years, I have tried to figure out the stress triggers that mess up my system. Some of them clearly are:

  1. Increased stress levels

  2. Anxiety

  3. Over excitement

  4. Anticipation of any event big or small

  5. Milk and milk products

  6. Eating refined food

  7. Overeating

I reiterate, these are MY trigger points but then each has his or her own reasons. Do not forget, not for nothing is it called the ‘Snowflake disorder.’

The connection and correlation of diet and the Myasthenia Gravis weakness cannot be sidelined. I have noticed an immense change in my energy levels ever since I changed the way I eat food, treat and revere food.

Treat Food Like a Healing Medicine. Revere it.

I give 100% credit to my savior - Dr. Luke Coutinho, who made me re-look the way I eat- what I eat, and when I eat what I eat!

It made a world of difference to me. How he made a difference in my body only through Pure Nutrition, you could read about here.

Dietary Changes to Lessen Myasthenia Gravis Weakness

  1. Said bye-bye to milk and milk products (except curd). Instead, I have opted for coconut milk. Even for my tea and coffee. You could try a nutty almond milk if you do not fathom the former.

  2. Added loads of fruits and raw vegetables to my daily intake of food, especially in the first half of the day

Fresh salads-a must

3. Included the wonder food Curcumin to my life. I buy my quota of Curcumin from here in India. For those outside of India could look here.

4. Did away with refined oil and refined sugar from the kitchen. I shifted my entire household to the good old unrefined oil that our grandmothers used in cooking. Luckily it is now available online too.

5. Increased antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids

Flax Seeds-Rich in Omega-3

6. Drink 2 to 3 liters of ginger and lemon induced water through the day. Infact, I keep adding stuff in it in various permutation and combinations. You could see some of the types of infused water recipes here.

7. Eating a little less than full.

8. Removing grains and shifting to millets galore, if not everyday, then at least 3 to 4 times a week.

Millets Instead of Grains

9. Developing a taste for green tea and white tea

10. Increasing dry fruits like almonds and walnuts in my diet

6 Almonds-2 Walnuts- each day

If today, I am going to office and inching towards a near normal life than the major credit goes to these small little changes.

I strongly suggest my fellow travelers to keep track on the correlation between what you eat and how you feel thereafter.

Maintain a diary. Keep notes. Mark on a calendar.

Feel the change and do share your experiences with me.

Meanwhile, as always, saying a silent prayer that some good doctor, scientist, a researcher in some part of this world find a sure shot 100% remedy for Myasthenia Gravis.

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