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Making changes to your diet

Information about creating a balanced diet

In addition to the treatment your doctor recommends, eating better and exercising more may help. Making healthy adjustments to your diet may help you feel better and improve your overall well-being. Be sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. In general, the same basic rules that apply to everyone can also apply to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Eat regular meals

Just like anyone, you should eat a healthy, consistent diet. Follow a diet that focuses on vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Your doctor, or a registered dietitian, may suggest additional ideas for how to improve what you eat.

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Keep variety in your diet

Finding healthy foods you love is a pleasant surprise. Trying new foods and recipes can be a fun way to improve your diet. The website ChooseMyPlate.gov is a good place to get started if you want to discover nutritious new foods.

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Follow a balanced diet

There’s no special food that can cure MS. Some diets often focus on large amounts of certain nutrients and leave others out completely. It’s better to follow a balanced diet that your doctor or dietitian has approved.

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Talk to your doctor about vitamin D

It is important to get enough vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to help you absorb calcium and build stronger bones. Although further research is necessary, some research has also shown that vitamin D may have positive effects on the immune system.

Speak with your doctor or a registered dietician to evaluate your diet, and learn what you can do to help lead a healthy lifestyle.