Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that is associated with a depletion of the myelin sheath in the region of the brain and the spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory condition, it is considered that by regulating one’s diet and following certain exercise regimens can contribute towards reducing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and also delaying or preventing relapses.
In general, it has been found that the consumption of foods that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial. Such foods include fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and trout which are known for having high levels of omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial in countering the overstimulation of the body’s immunological response. Research also indicates that the inflammatory biomarkers that are generally prevalent in people consuming a meat-based diet are relatively less in those who adopt a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in phytochemicals. Plant-based oils that are rich in unsaturated fats are also considered beneficial in lowering inflammation. Traditional herbs such as ginger and turmeric have well documented anti-inflammatory effects.
Regular exercise is associated with improved balance and stability, improved muscular coordination, reduced the volume of lesions, improved neurological efficiency, and an increase in the time gap between relapses. Among exercises, swimming and other forms of water aerobics are good for developing muscular strength. Supported exercises for strength training such as squats using wall support, core strengthening exercises like pushups and planks are recommended for those with MS. Practice of asanas, pranayama, and other yogic techniques have also been proven to be very effective in improving the cognitive functioning among those with MS. They offer an elevating mood effect and contribute significantly to delaying the degeneration that is common as the disease progresses.
While MS affects different people in different ways and treatments vary depending on the intensity of symptoms, it is now being increasingly proven that the adoption of a low-fat nutrition rich diet an regular exercise is both sure contributors to improving the overall quality of life of those with multiple sclerosis.