Dr. Carolyn Chambers Clark, Award-Winning Author and Wellness Nurse Practitioner

Multiple Sclerosis: how food and exercise can help

TWO THINGS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BETTER HEALTH FOR PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH MS:

Currently, MS therapy is not associated with information on nutrition and exercise. But, both can affect MS.

WHAT INCREASES INFLAMMATION IN PEOPLE WITH MS?

What increases inflammmation are high calorie, Western-style diets, including too much salt, animal fat, red meat, sugar-sweetened drinks, fried food, low fiber and lack of physical exercise.

WHAT SPECIFIC LIFESTYLE ACTIONS CAN REDUCE MS INFLAMMATION?

Exercise and low-calorie diets can help reduce MS inflammation.

Dietary suggesions include:

* Eating 5-10 cups of vegatables and fruits daily

* Eating at least one legume every day: beans (baked, black, adzuki,pinto, garbanzos), peanuts, peas, lentils

*Passing up meat and chicken for fish (A serving the size of your palm, not including your fingers)

*Eating probiotics (yogurt with active cultures and fermented foods and drinks (saurkraut*, pickles*, kefir, tempeh, unfiltered and raw vinegar); eat one or more daily

*Avoiding fried foods, sugary foods and drinks, and meat

*starting an exercise program; start slow, preferably with an exercise coach who has worked with people with MS

*Soak in cold water to remove excess salt prior to eating

Reference:

Nutrition facts in multiple sclerosis. 2015 February 18, ASN Neurology.

 

 

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