Author Archives: Marta Ribeiro

How Our Bodies Convert Sunlight Into Vitamin D

Many amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients have a vitamin D deficiency, and recent studies have shown that this vitamin can benefit ALS patients. Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin,” mostly because we can get it naturally when the sun’s UV rays interact with our skin, which triggers the vitamin’s synthesis. This very important vitamin…

5 Misconceptions About ALS You Might Find Interesting

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes known as Lou Gehrig disease after the baseball player who famously suffered from it. Although ALS is a more common disease than we would like it to be, there is still little known about it and many are unaware of the details of the condition. That lack of…

Soccer Coach Mom Talks About Living With ALS

In this heartfelt video from the ALS Association Texas chapter shared in 2015, we meet Christi. The young mother from Tyler, Texas is still coming to terms with her recent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis and wonders if she would have lived her life differently had she known…

10 Tips for Patients Recently Diagnosed With ALS

Being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a difficult and stressful time. You’ll probably feel incredibly overwhelmed in the first few days and weeks, and struggle to understand the ramifications involved. To help with the process, we’ve compiled a list of tips for patients who have recently been diagnosed with…

6 Tips to Help You Manage ALS

While there is currently no treatment that can either slow down or reverse the damage of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), there are ways to make patients as comfortable as possible at each stage of the disease and to improve their quality of life. We’ve put together a list of some…

9 Superfoods That Might Improve Your Health

With winter just around the corner, it’s time we all started to look after ourselves a little more. Avoiding germs is one thing, but we can also try and boost our immune systems by getting plenty of sleep and eating the right foods. Here are nine foods well-known for their…

7 Benefits of Vitamin D You Might Want to Know

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” mostly because we can get it naturally when the sun’s UV rays interact with our skin, which triggers the vitamin’s synthesis. The VIP vitamin aids our body’s absorption of calcium to keep our bones strong and encourage healthy cells to grow.  Here are a few more health benefits of…

6 ALS Therapies to Improve Quality of Life

ALS is a disease that progressively shuts down your muscles by attacking certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. Eventually, patients will lose their mobility, have trouble moving, walking, swallowing and even breathing. There is no known cure for ALS and the treatments available…

9 Super Foods to Boost the Immune System

With winter just around the corner, it’s time we all started to look after ourselves a little more. Avoiding germs is one thing, but we can also try and boost our immune systems by getting plenty of sleep and eating the right foods. Here are nine foods well-known for their…