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Posted on 12.20.2011
Multiple Sclerosis And Diet: Fight Common Problems

Some of the common problems associated with MS can be helped by diet. These common problems are fatigue, incontinence, and constipation. Here are some suggestions to make sure you are eating what you can to fight the problem:

Fatigue

  • Try eating 5-6 small meals a day. Make sure the meals are healthy and high in nutrients. Such as: nuts, fruit, raisins, peanut butter and crackers, cheese, yogurt, salads, and vegetables,

  • Eat a high protein diet including nuts and fish.

  • Have healthy, low fat dinners in your freezer that can be micro waved or cooked quickly.

  • Take a multivitamin daily with omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Researches at Harvard School of Public Health suggested that women who get at least 400 I.U. per day of Vitamin D can lessen their risk of MS by 40%.

  • Make a shopping list before you go to the grocery store. Buy basic items that make food prep easier. Such as: cans of tuna, chopped vegetables, shredded cheeses, etc.

Incontinence

  • Talk to your doctor about the problem.

  • Do not limit your fluid intake because you may get dehydrated, constipated, or have a bladder infection.

  • Drink 6-8 cups of water a day.

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol.

Constipation

  • Increase your daily fiber intake slowly to avoid gas and diarrhea.

  • Eat foods rich in fiber, for example: high-fiber cereal, fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread and pasta, and beans.

  • Make sure to increase your water as you increase fiber because fiber absorbs water.

  • Above all, if you can, exercise. Exercise helps with bowel motility and fatigue.

  • For further information on diet and healthy eating, contact your local registered dietitian.

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