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Does exercise help with epilepsy?

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Exercise helps your body make more of mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins. Physical activities also calm the abnormal electrical brain activity that triggers seizures.

Let your doctor know before you start any new exercise program. Avoid activities that could be dangerous if you have a seizure -- like scuba diving or skiing. And wear a medical alert bracelet, just in case you do have a seizure while you work out.

SOURCES:

Advanced Biomedical Research : "Effects of Vitamin E on seizure frequency, electroencephalogram findings, and oxidative stress status of refractory epileptic patients."

Barr, William B. . Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy

Better Health Channel: "Epilepsy and exercise."

Cochrane : "Epilepsy," "Vitamins for Epilepsy."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Acupuncture for epilepsy," "Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy," "Vitamins for epilepsy," "Yoga for epilepsy."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology : "Targeted treatment in childhood epilepsy syndromes."

Epilepsy Action: "Complementary Treatments," "The Mozart Effect."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Herbal Therapy," "Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Society: "Music and Epilepsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Epilepsy: Treatment," "Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Acupuncture: In Depth."

Neurology : "Mindfulness-based therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy."

Neurotherapeutics : "Botanicals and herbs: A traditional approach to treating epilepsy."

Seizure: Epilepsy and physical exercise."

UC Health: "Stress and Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Advanced Biomedical Research : "Effects of Vitamin E on seizure frequency, electroencephalogram findings, and oxidative stress status of refractory epileptic patients."

Barr, William B. . Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy

Better Health Channel: "Epilepsy and exercise."

Cochrane : "Epilepsy," "Vitamins for Epilepsy."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Acupuncture for epilepsy," "Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy," "Vitamins for epilepsy," "Yoga for epilepsy."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology : "Targeted treatment in childhood epilepsy syndromes."

Epilepsy Action: "Complementary Treatments," "The Mozart Effect."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Herbal Therapy," "Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Society: "Music and Epilepsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Epilepsy: Treatment," "Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Acupuncture: In Depth."

Neurology : "Mindfulness-based therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy."

Neurotherapeutics : "Botanicals and herbs: A traditional approach to treating epilepsy."

Seizure: Epilepsy and physical exercise."

UC Health: "Stress and Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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