Things to consider
Dietary changes may have a positive impact on your MS but what we know for sure is, they will impact your general health – and the healthier you are the better you will manage with the things that MS throws your way.
If you’re thinking about changing your diet, there’s a couple of questions to consider as you go:
What am I expecting from a dietary change?
Can I stick to it (how will it impact your social life)?
Are you trying to manage MS or keep other things away?
The “keeping other things away” point is a very important one. Living with MS is challenging enough without having to managing another illness.
Reviewing and managing your diet can be more so about making sure you’re the healthiest version of yourself to avoid any other illness.
Good nutrition is important for everyone
Making positive changes to your diet and nutrition is good for anyone with MS. Most of us have some room for improvement in our diet to avoid potential future health complications.
When we talk about other health complications, this can include heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, Osteoporosis which in most cases are preventable. It is important to keep your body healthy to avoid health complications like this in addition to your MS.
As a person with MS, the development of any vascular comorbidity such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, can lead to an increased progression of MS. For this reason, it is important to consider your nutrition choices and maintain a healthy body weight to reduce the risk of these conditions.
What food should I avoid?
One thing we know for sure, is that salt is not good, whether you add it yourself or it’s in the food you eat.
High salt diets have an impact on MS over a long period of time as it triggers an inflammatory response. It is not just the inflammatory response though; it is also salt’s impact on other health complications like heart disease etc.
Alcohol and Caffeine often come into the debate as well and the advice seems to be consistently changing. With alcohol and caffeine simply apply the moderation principle …. everything in moderation.