MS is something that you have for life, but there are ways to manage this condition. Read on to find out how.

Today, many countries will be spreading awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS). A disease that affects millions of people worldwide, but what exactly is Multiple Sclerosis?

It is a disease that damages the myelin sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This causes inflammation and scar tissue which makes it difficult for your brain to send signals to the rest of your body.

The symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular co-ordination, blurred vision and severe  fatigue.

MS is something that you have for life, but there are ways to manage. It is important to maintain a healthy MS diet. Read on to learn which foods you should avoid to manage MS.

1.Glutamate (MSG)

While recovering from MS, one thing that can pull you down quickly is glutamate in your diet because it damages the myelin sheath and kills brain cells. Hence, it is very important to avoid foods with MSG.

2. Saturated Fat

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Animal-based foods such as red meat and full-fat dairy products are high in saturated fats. According to Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand, saturated fat is harmful for people with MS, it is extremely important to avoid altered fats, that is human-refined and human-made fats, as well. Reducing saturated fat intake can help manage MS and overall health.

3. Sugar

Sugar laced foods can add extra weight to your body which can contribute to the development of MS. Cutting back on sugar can help ease fatigue, reduce pain and make you feel better.

4. Sodium

Accelerated MS symptoms and high sodium intake are correlated. New research in mice shows that diets high in sodium may be a novel risk factor in the development of (MS) by influencing immune cells that cause the disease. It makes sense to put that salt shaker down.

5. Diet drinks

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Diet drinks can worsen the condition of people suffering from MS. If you have bladder related MS symptoms it is best to stay away from diet drinks, alcohol and caffeine as they can irritate the bladder.

Although no cure has been found for MS, adapting a healthy MS diet, proper medication, physiotherapies and a positive attitude can help you manage the disease and lead a normal life.

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