hi msc, there's really a lot to it - assessment is an important step. you can figure out where you're going once you know where you are.
there are known nutritional issues in people with ms. these can result from poor dietary intakes, or dietary combinations that interfere with absorption, or GI issues that interfere with absorption, or a combination of all those together, just for starters.
b-complex, vit c, e8-complex, vit d3, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids status are all of concern in ms and a wide variety of other developed-nation chronic illnesses.
a good set of initial nutrient tests for ms patients would include serum magnesium, zinc, 25(OH)vitamin d3, and vit b12. if you can get those done, i can help you with interpreting results. (note: sometimes red blood cell 'RBC' testing is considered better, but it's often easier to compare serum values with the published literature that's out there.
zinc is a really important one. i've measured in the lab the drastic effects that improved zinc status can have on vitamin d3 absorption, among other very important things.
also, ms is known as a disease of chronic inflammation. when docs analyze ms patients' spinal fluid for 'diagnostic' purposes, they are looking for oligoclonal bands, which are markers of long term inflammation. you might like to have a read about inflammation factor ratings for food. you can get the info on rankings for various foods of various serving sizes at www.nutritiondata.com
. you want your overal to be at least 200 per day, on the anti-inflammatory side.
another good resource is www.whfoods.com
. take any nutrient, look at the healthy source list on this web site, and see if your typical diet is rich in these foods:
example: vitamin Ahttp://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... t&dbid=106http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... oodsources
note that the list is heavy on dark leafy greens, with a nod to sweet potato and squash.
thiamin - vitamin B1http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... t&dbid=100http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... oodsources
note that greens are still all over the top of the food source chart, with tuna and sunflower seeds making an appearance. personally i wouldn't eat tuna that often, due to bioaccumulation of toxic heavy metals from eating other fish. i eat tuna a few times a year tops. when i do have it, it's usually from a can, which is even worse. so i try to avoid it most of the time.
anyway it goes on like that. if you were to send me a list of what you ate and drank over three days (2 work days and one day off) i could help you get a rough sense of where your problem areas lie. pm is an option, if you'd like.
have fun with the homework
if you're the right kind of person it can be really interesting!
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com