Updated: Jul 21
The Wahls Protocol is a dietary and lifestyle program developed by Dr. Terry Wahls, a physician and clinical researcher who suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) and developed this dietary protocol to help improve the symptoms of autoimmune conditions and other chronic illnesses.
The diet is based on the idea that the foods we eat can have a significant impact on our health, and that by choosing nutrient-dense foods and minimizing the intake of inflammatory foods, we can support our bodies in healing and optimal functioning.
The WAHLS DIET is based on Dr. Wahls' personal experience with reversing her own MS symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes, as well as on her research into the connection between nutrition and brain health.
Here are some general guidelines for following the Wahls Diet:
Eat at least 9 cups of vegetables and fruits per day, with a focus on a variety of colors and types. These can be eaten cooked or raw, and can be incorporated into meals or consumed as snacks.
Choose high-quality proteins, including grass-fed meats, wild-caught fish, and plant-based options such as beans, nuts, and seeds.
Include healthy fats in your diet, such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados and nuts.
Avoid processed and refined foods, including added sugars, artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
Limit your intake of grains, especially those that contain gluten. Instead, opt for gluten-free grains such as quinoa and rice.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support healthy digestion.
The Wahls Protocol involves several specific dietary recommendations, including:
Consuming a high-nutrient, nutrient-dense diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits and protein sources.
Emphasizing whole, unprocessed foods and minimizing or eliminating refined and processed foods.
Consuming plenty of healthy fats, such as those found in olive oil, coconut oil and avocados.
Eating at least three cups of sulfur-rich vegetables per day, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
Consuming a variety of foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as berries and dark, leafy greens.
Limiting or eliminating gluten and dairy products.
In addition to dietary recommendations, the Wahls Protocol also includes recommendations for lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity, getting enough sleep, managing stress and incorporating mindfulness practices.
It's important to note that the Wahls Diet may not be suitable for everyone, and it's always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet. Additionally, it may be helpful to work with a registered dietitian or nutritionist to develop a personalized plan that meets your specific needs and goals.