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Should I watch what I eat and drink if I have multiple sclerosis?

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Here are some eating and drinking tips for those with multiple sclerosis:

  • For an energy boost, instead of three big meals a day eat several smaller ones packed with nutrients.
  • Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods to help prevent heart disease and diabetes, which make MS worse.
  • To keep your bladder under better control, cut back on coffee. It increases your urge to go.
  • Travel safely: Stay hydrated on vacation, but be cautious about local water and raw foods.

From: Tips for Living With MS WebMD Medical Reference

Sumowski, J.   June 2010. Neurology,

National MS Society: "Fatigue," "Food for Thought," "Nutrition," "Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs in MS," "Maintain Good Nutrition!" "Prepare Your Own Meals," "How to Choose the Mobility Device that is Right for You."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Cooling and Assistive Equipment."

Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation: "Fatigue."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Treating and Managing Fatigue."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Heat sensitivity."

National Sclerosis Society UK: "Home Adaptations."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 3, 2019

Sumowski, J.   June 2010. Neurology,

National MS Society: "Fatigue," "Food for Thought," "Nutrition," "Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs in MS," "Maintain Good Nutrition!" "Prepare Your Own Meals," "How to Choose the Mobility Device that is Right for You."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Cooling and Assistive Equipment."

Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation: "Fatigue."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Treating and Managing Fatigue."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Heat sensitivity."

National Sclerosis Society UK: "Home Adaptations."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 3, 2019

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