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Multiple sclerosis and good diet choices for your disease

Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic and debilitating disease which attacks an individual’s central nervous system, including their optic nerves, brain and spinal cord. If you have multiple sclerosis you may suffer from minor to severe symptoms such as paralysis, numbness or loss of vision. Unfortunately, the condition varies from person to person making it hard to diagnose and treat.

Some doctors consider multiple sclerosis an auto immune disease, others disagree. What we do know is MS patients experience an attack on the myelin or the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system, disrupting the nerve impulses which travel to and from the brain and spinal cord.

What should I eat if I have multiple sclerosis?

Average Americans without a debilitating disease are constantly bombarded with mixed messages about what types of foods are best. But does the story become more complicated if you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? Should you eat a restricted diet to control or reduce your disease related symptoms?

In a recent article published by CNN, the author noted that “thankfully, you don’t have to eat a special or restricted diet if you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Experts believe that focusing on nutritious, healthy foods can help you feel better and reduce some disease-related symptoms.”

What does a healthy eating plan mean for Multiple Sclerosis?

In general, experts recommend eating a diet similar to what they would recommend for other healthy Americans: lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, low-fat dairy products and fruits and vegetables. Like other individuals you should avoid processed food, and simple carbohydrates, eating complex, whole grained foods instead.

Experts also recommend focusing on fiber, which they claim can reduce your incidence of constipation and help you stay a health weight. Fiber is filling and aids in digestion. Because fiber can cause cramping, it’s important to start slowly building up to consuming five servings of vegetables and fruits every day. The good news is fruits and vegetables also have powerful antioxidants which can help protect your cells.

Time for Calcium

Experts also recommend focusing on calcium to reduce your chance of osteoporosis. Focus not only on eating calcium rich foods such as dairy products, yogurt and milk but also eat canned salmon, green vegetables and fortified cereals.

Common recommendations for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Finally, doctors also recommend getting plenty of Vitamin D and maintaining a strong exercise program which includes weight resistance training to build strong bones and muscles. Avoid gaining extra weight, which can increase your risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes, and make sure you plan ahead by having healthy snacks in your refrigerator or with you when you are on the go.

SSDI and Multiple sclerosis

Although having a multiple sclerosis diagnosis will not guarantee you will qualify for SSDI benefits, if your condition is so severe you are unable to work for at least 12 continuous months and you have earned sufficient work credits, you may qualify for SSDI.
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