Step 10: Clean Food, Part One

1) Increase hydration

  • Try to drink at least one half ounce per pound of body weight per day.
  • We like Big Berkey gravity fed filter.
  • If you use reverse osmosis water you must add a mineral supplement such as ReMyte or Aussie Minerals.
  • If swallowing is an issue (Bulbar ALS), start drinking carbonated water until your throat heals.

2) Eat Organic whenever possible

  • Look up the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen” to determine which are the most important fruits and vegetables to always eat organic.
  • Buy local, freshly picked food will have more nutrients.

3) Watch for food sensitivities and allergies

  • Most important is observing reactions to foods.
  • You may notice a change in your gut, your stool, mood or energy level
  • The Coca Pulse test is a great FREE tool for checking for sensitivities.
  • Muscle testing each food is a great way to see if that food makes you strong or weak
  • The AO Scan has a food sensitivities category in the Vitals Scan
  • There is a skin patch test that is covered by most insurances
  • The LRA test Lymphocyte Reactivity Assay is also a measure of sensitivities that are not detectable in other tests

4) Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

  • Most vegetables are highly recommended.
  • Low glycemic index fruits and vegetables
  • Watch for high lectin content and high oxalates for those who are sensitive.

5) Eat healthy fats

  • Coconut oil, MCT oil, avocado oil and olive oil if organic
  • For cooking coconut oil is best since it has a higher smoking point – resists oxidation at high heat
  • Eliminate vegetable oils such as corn oil, canola oil. Most oils are GMO (genetically modified).
  • Avoid avocado, safflower and sunflower oils unless they are organic

6) Start a gluten free diet

  • No grains with gluten such as bread, crackers & pasta. All of these are irritating to the gut and cause inflammation.

7) Dairy Free

  • In our experience ALS Patients do better on a dairy free diet.
  • There is medical literature to support dairy free is best.

8) Sugar Free

  • Sugar causes inflammation and weakens the immune system.
  • Now brand Monk Fruit tincture Nutramedix Stevia are good substitutes for sugar
  • DO NOT use aspartame, advantame, Neotame, acesulfame-K, saccharine, sucralose, erythritol or other “alcohol sugars

9) Consider grain free or limited grains

  • All grains are inflammatory and harder for the body to digest and turn into sugar which in turn weakens the immune system

10) Meat

  • Make sure all meat is grass fed, organic, hormone and antibiotic free

11) Fish

  • Needs to be wild caught.
  • Farm raised fish has too many antibiotics which is contraindicated for ALS.
  • Do not eat shark or swordfish or other large fish because toxins are bio-concentrated in them. 
  • Do not eat most shellfish because they live mostly near the bottom of the water where heavy metals accumulate.

12) Diets: Ketogenic, Paleo, Medical Medium & Wahls

  • Most people do not do well on a pure ketogenic diet.
  • A modified ketogenic diet is often recommended for ALS
  • Some people find the Medical Medium diet most helpful.
  • Others prefer a modified Terry Wahls diet (high in fresh vegetables (good), less meat is recommended for most PALS. Google for more info

13) HEAL

  • is a good meal replacement for one meal per day. It is raw, organic, GMO-free, gluten-free

14) Organic Feeding Tube Formula

  • Avoid Ensure, and most commercial feeding tube products since they contain mostly sugar
  • Homemade smoothies are a great option.  You can blend the meals that you serve the rest of the family or make high nutrient smoothies or both. 
  • Liquid Hope is the best option among the pre-made formulas.
  • Kate Farms is 2nd choice since it has quite a bit of sugar.
  • Liquid Hope cost is fully covered by Medicare/Medicaid for those who are feeding tube dependent
  • Check with Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers in your area to see if they are currently ordering it for others
  • Get a script from your doctor with a prescription for Liquid Hope.
  • Your DME should now be able to order it.
  • If you are still having a problem getting any of these contact xxx at and she will walk you through the procedure.

15) Watch Food Boot Camp 1

16) Watch Coco Newton Presentation from the 2019 Healing ALS Conference


Check for Understanding and Completion of Step 10:

  1. ____I have increased my hydration to 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day of clean water.
  2. ____I eat organic whenever possible.
  3. ____ I watch for food sensitivities and allergies.
  4. ____ I eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  5. ____ I eat healthy fats.
  6. ____ I have started a gluten-free diet.
  7. ____I am dairy free.
  8. ____I am sugar free.
  9. ____I am grain free or limiting grains.
  10. ____ I eat clean meat.
  11. ____ I eat clean fish.
  12. ____ I have reviewed the modified ketogenic diets and am finding the diet best for me.
  13. ____ I have HEAL on hand and understand it is a good meal replacement for one meal per day.
  14. ____I am finding the right feeding tube formula.
  15. ____I have watched Food Boot Camp 1.
  16. ____I have watched the Coco Newton presentation from the 2019 Healing ALS Conference.

If you have checked all boxes, Congratulations! You have completed Step 10!