There’s no arguing with the science behind the Wahls Protocol.
The real question is whether or not it’s realistic for you to follow that protocol on a daily basis.
Given our busy lives and the unique challenges people living with nerve disease face, it’s perfectly reasonable to consider supplements as part of the Wahls Protocol.
The Wahls protocol was developed by Dr. Terry Wahls as an integrative approach to healing chronic conditions.
Despite the fact that Dr. Wahl had been treating the illnesses of her own patients with drugs and surgery, when she herself developed an autoimmune disease and traditional medicine failed her, she began looking more deeply into nutrition.
Making the decision to get essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from the foods she ate, Dr. Wahls developed the Wahls Protocol.
Nuances of the Protocol
The Wahls Protocol might be considered a version of the Paleo diet, meaning it is based on the idea that we should try to eat more like our ancient ancestors, avoiding the highly processed foods which have come to be a staple in our lives.
You might argue over the specifics of Paleo, but there’s no debating that we could all do with more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods!
The Wahls Protocol recommends consuming primarily fish and meat, vegetables (green, leafy ones in particular), brightly-colored vegetables, and fats from animal and plant sources.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the primary type of fats eaten under the Wahls Protocol.
Dairy products, eggs, grains, legumes, sugar and nightshade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes) are not consumed under the Wahls Protocol.
Can You Eat Your Way Out of Nutritional Deficits?
While Dr. Wahls book, the Wahls Protocol, offers a clear roadmap for changing your eating habits to improve your health, it may still be necessary to include certain supplements in your life.
There are a number of reasons for this, including the following:
Our Lives are Incredibly Busy!
The world we live in is fast-paced and busy, which, when combined with poor eating habits, are probably contributors to the declining health of our nation. While the Wahls Protocol has been shown to lead to improved health, living this particular lifestyle involves a serious commitment of time.
Making the switch to this kind of diet means changes in how you shop, store & prepare food for you AND your family. These are big changes for anyone!
Challenges Involved in Learning the Wahls Protocol
Dr. Wahls details her typical day of eating as including one or two meals, starting the day with a vegetable-based smoothie. For dinner, Dr. Wahls will have a bone-broth based soup with added vegetables, greens and coconut milk, a large salad and sautéed meat with added vegetables and an olive-oil based pesto sauce. Dr. Wahls notes that at times she may saute’ onions, peppers and fish with a hot sauce, placing the mixture over a large salad. She might also have a second fruit or greens-based smoothie during the day. Fresh berries are the only “dessert” Dr. Wahls indulges in.
As you can see, this healthy eating plan likely comes with a learning curve – another good reason to use high-quality supplements to aid in mitochondrial healing.
There is so Much to Learn About Food—Years’ Worth of Information
Once you have read Dr. Wahls book and begun to think about transitioning your eating habits to the Wahls Protocol, you will likely realize that it could take months – or even years – to get a firm grasp of this way of eating. Although Dr. Wahls book is clearly laid out, it is still a good idea to continue to supplement until you are 100 percent involved in the food plan.
Difficulties Involved in Eating Your Way Out of a Nutritional Deficit
Because it can take years, or decades for a poor diet to manifest in illness and disease, it can also take time to eat your way out of a nutritional deficit. To speed up the process, High-quality supplements such as Myetin® can help support the body’s healing functions by increasing energy, decreasing fatigue, and providing a boost in key nutrients.
How Mitochondria Responds to NAD+ and Biotin
NAD+ has been shown to stimulate the anti-aging activities of Sirtuins, as well as the enzymes which govern DNA damage repair as well as boosting healthy metabolism and mitochondria.
Conversely, low NAD+ can contribute to a number of diseases, illnesses and chronic fatigue.
When a person has low levels of oxygen, and subsequently low levels of NAD+, mitochondria simply don’t work as well as they should.
Oxygen must be present to accept electrons in the mitochondria, and when oxygen levels are low, not only is mitochondrial function slowed, the body also slows the conversion of NADH to NAD+.
Fatigue, low physical and mental energy, and even weight gain and metabolic syndrome can be a result of low NAD+, therefore supplementing with NAD+ and biotin—even when you are eating healthy foods—can help you feel like yourself again.