What is the Wahls diet?

The Wahls protocol (diet) was developed by Terry Wahls, MD, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Ultimately, this protocol is a new way of eating based on Paleo principles, but organized to maximize these nutrients that are important to the brain. Dr. Wahls tracks 36 vitamins, minerals, essential fats and antioxidants in the diet.

The Wahls diet basically means adding more leafy green vegetables to your diet: sulfur­rich vegetables like cabbage, mushrooms and the onion family; deeply pigmented foods like carrots, beets and berries; grass-fed meats; wild fish and seaweed. The Wahls diet avoids wheat, grains, legumes and dairy.

As people progress in the diet, they transition from their existing way of eating to a more nutrient­dense and low­glycemic way of eating that Wahls proposes is better for their brain health.

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