Blogger and online personality Paleo Boss Lady suffered from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to no avail for years until she took her health into her own hands and began using food as medicine. Following the well-known Wahls Protocol for MS, she regained the use of her limbs and stopped taking a daily regimen of medications over the course of a few years. But it wasn’t until she found collagen that her health jumped to a whole new level of wellness! She’ll tell you she hardly believes it herself, yet here’s the story of how diet changes and collagen made her health whole again.
I started changing my diet in an effort to stop the progression of my Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but I never in my wildest dreams believed I could manage almost every one of my MS symptoms with a combination of diet and lifestyle changes. Yet, it happened. The amazing health transformation I experienced, using only food as medicine, was incredible. And beyond experiencing the healing power of food, I have discovered collagen, which has catapulted my health to an even higher level of wellness.
My journey started when I was taking 24 pills a day as well as daily injections to control my health, to today when I am drug-free and mostly symptom-free. In 2012, I began following The Wahls Protocol, a modified form of the Paleo diet, which increases vegetable consumption to support the body’s mitochondria at the cellular level.
After about 18 months of this new diet, the spasms and rigidity in my hands stopped enough that I was able to use them for simple tasks (dressing, eating or using the restroom). I no longer needed to have people living and caring for me for the first time in my life and the biggest shock—I was able to drive a few miles each week-for the first time in years! Eventually, over the course of several years, symptom after symptom disappeared.
After that, I began to bio-hack my body, believing more healing could happen. Sure, my hands and legs were having fewer spasms, but I wanted to see how far I could take my healing and eagerly looked for anything and everything that had the potential to further my healing.
Experimenting with collagen
I started reading about how supplementing with collagen could improve gut health and offer limb and joint support. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, making up 90 percent of our connective tissue, 90 percent of our organic bone mass and 70 percent of our skin. Its benefits are numerous, including the ability to heal gut problems, improve skin, hair and nail condition, help with weight loss and improve bone and joint strength. Because these were areas I knew I needed to focus on, I decided to do a test by adding collagen peptides to my coffee every morning to see what happened.
Wow! Within 3 months of adding collagen to my diet, I felt better, and after a year of taking collagen daily I went from driving five miles a day to touring all over the country, driving more than 20,000 miles in a year! Collagen has improved my health and made it possible for my body to do things I never thought I’d be able to do again. That includes:
- Healing my gut, which supported MS healing and my limbs and joints.
- An increased ability to use my hands and the ability to move my body freely. I used to feel like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. I was so rigid that my limbs would be as tight as a steel rod and moving was impossible. Diet helped this, but collagen took it to the next level.
- Tighter skin, strong nails and long hair and nails. I think collagen is better than cosmetic surgery!
Even I struggle to believe that this is actually now my reality. Who would have ever thought adding collagen to my coffee in the morning everyday would give me such life-changing results? Not me! But now I’m a believer.
How to add collagen to your diet
Adding collagen into your diet is actually quite easy. I’ve been using Further Food Collagen, and I love how it mixes right into any recipe without any flavor or texture. I suggest you start adding Further Food Collagen to your diet by putting it in your coffee or tea in the morning. Here’s my favorite coffee recipe with collagen:
Organic Black Coffee
Nut Milk of Choice
Scoop of Further Food Collagen
Sprinkle of ground mace, cinnamon or cardamom
- Mix all together and whip in blender till frothy. Enjoy.
Or, mix it to a smoothie or you can bake with it-try putting it into pancake batter or make some protein balls.
No matter what, commit to trying collagen for 90 days before making a decision on whether you’ll continue to use it. I’m willing to bet you will notice changes you never considered and be shocked at how much your body benefits from daily collagen!
My healing journey has taken quite a long time, and there have been bumps and struggles along the way. Once I realized the power of food and its ability to heal my body, adding collagen was a no-brainer. Collagen helped change my life! What can it do for you?
Read more about my story at http://www.paleobosslady.com/.
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