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Lifestyle, Diet and Nutrition, and Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis

Various life style changes, such as diet and exercise, are also beneficial in treating Multiple Sclerosis. Though no specific diet is recommended, diets low in saturated fats and high in polyunsaturated fats may be beneficial.

Exercise is very important for people who have Multiple Sclerosis. Exercise helps keep the heart and muscles healthy.  Exercise can help a person become stronger, have better balance, improve their mood, and much more. Exercises such as yoga, tai chi, and aqua therapy (swimming) are encouraged and have shown benefits with managing muscle spasms. When exercising, it is important to have plenty of water, rest often, and keep as cool as possible. Swimming in a pool that has cool water, using a fan, and drinking plenty of cold water can be helpful.

Before making any major lifestyle changes, going on a diet, starting an exercise program, or taking vitamins or herbal supplements, please talk to your doctor. Your doctor will help you decide if these changes are right for you and will make sure they do not interfere with other treatment options or medications you are taking.

Additional resource that provide more information on lifestyle for Multiple Sclerosis

Lifestyle and Home Remedies (Mayo Clinic)

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle with Multiple Sclerosis (University of California San Francisco Medical Center)

Taming Stress (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Rehabilitation: Health Promotion (University of California Multiple Sclerosis Center)

Additional resource that provide more information on diet and nutrition for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis – Nutritional Considerations (Nutrition MD)

Nutrition and Diet (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Food for Thought: MS and Nutrition (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Multiple Sclerosis and Nutrition (Cleveland Clinic)

Additional resource that provide more information on exercise for Multiple Sclerosis

Exercise (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis (United States Department of Veterans Affairs)

You Can: Exercise in Water (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)  *** This webpage focuses on water therapy, but there is information about more exercises at the bottom of the page.

Welcome to the Yoga Jungle (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)