7 Tips for a Healthier Life with MS
Living with multiple sclerosis is no walk in the park. Because it is such a difficult condition to live with, you may wonder about ways to improve your health and your well being. To help you with that, we’ve put together this list with seven tips for a healthier MS life. (source: National MS Society)
1. Diet and Nutrition
There is no special diet designed just for patients with MS, but food can impact energy levels, overall healthfulness, and bladder and bowel function. So, maintaining a healthy, balanced, and planned diet is important. Specialists recommend a low-fat and high-fiber diet. There is also evidence that diets low in saturated fats and supplemented by omega-3 and omega-6 can benefit MS patients. Some people may also be advised to take supplements such as vitamin D or vitamin B.
Like smoking, drinking alcohol is discouraged for people with multiple sclerosis. When consumed in high amounts, alcohol causes many effects on the central nervous system and other body organs. In patients with MS, the effect is exaggerated. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and it may be additive. This doesn’t mean that MS patients cannot drink alcohol at all, but they should consult with their doctor for the appropriate amount and frequency to drink.
5. Heat and Temperature
7. Emotional Wellness