If you’re living with a chronic illness, healthy eating is important. The right choice of foods may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) with strength, the immune system, and overall wellness. Understanding food labels can help you make better choices. But be sure to work with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to come up with a diet plan just for you.
Try to maintain a healthy weight so your body doesn’t have to work harder to carry extra pounds. This may tax the joints and organs and make other health conditions worse. Exercise may help with MS, so eating a balanced diet to help support your physical activity is important. Also, drink plenty of fluids. Discuss with your healthcare provider how to incorporate fiber and protein into your diet.
Quick tips for you and your healthcare provider to consider:
A note on vitamin D: While results are not proven, some studies suggest that vitamin D may help slow the development and progression of MS. Discuss your vitamin D levels with your healthcare provider.
These simple steps will help you and your healthcare provider make choices that work for you:
Be sure to check with your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your diet.