Following a well-balanced diet can help you manage the symptoms of MS.
Restricting on certain food is the key to reduce the relapses, lowering the risk of complications and improve your quality of life. Here is the list of few brain nourishing foods that can help you greatly.
- Plant-based high fiber foods
High-fiber foods are important to correct digestive functions. They also promote regular bowel movements, fight inflammations, balancing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. MS sufferers may be at higher risk of getting heart problems. High fiber foods improve heart health also.
Include high fiber foods in your daily diet such as:
- Fruits – Pomegranate, papaya,
- Nuts and seeds – Almond, Pistachio, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
- Legumes – Yellow and Red Lentils
- Vegetables – White pumpkin, yellow pumpkin, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, soft gourds, watercress, squashes, French beans, beetroots, carrots, leafy greens, etc.
- Whole grains – green mung, chickpea
- Brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, sorghum, pearl millet
- Vitamin B and vitamin D
Vitamin D and B are important for bone and muscles health thereby reducing pain and weakness. Try to consume these foods 3-4 times a week :
Egg, chicken, fish
Fresh cottage cheese
Antioxidant foods are vital to prevent cell damages and renew the brain nerves continuously. It also helps balance the autoimmune process in the body
Foods rich in antioxidants include :
Basil leaves, cereals, artichokes, kale, blueberries, Raspberries, Walnuts, red cabbage, beans, pomegranate, green tea.
- Foods to avoid
Some foods are harmful to people with any chronic diseases including MS. Hence those foods have to be avoided from your diet.
Definitely stop taking these food items permanently from your diet :
Processed foods, junk foods, red meat, saturated fats, hydrogenated oils, high sodium-containing foods, sugar, wheat and refined flour, yogurt and other sour and fermented foods, deep-fried foods, soda or energy drinks.
What lifestyle do you need to follow to manage Multiple Sclerosis?
- 30 minutes sunlight exposure to boost Vitamin D
- Practice deep breathing exercises such as Anulom Vilom pranayam
- Do light exercise under guidance to maintain strength and flexibility
- Avoid excessive exercises
- Avoid over stress, tension, and anxiety, anger, and worries.
- Don’t carry heavyweight.
- Avoid suppressing the natural urges
- Stop smoking and alcohol consumption
A healthy diet and lifestyle can boost your overall well-being and quality of life and thereby can prevent other complications.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Rajeshri Mehta
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd