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Nutrition

Whether it is possible to influence MS through diet and dietary supplements is a controversial topic. Opinions range from denying any evidence of benefit of diet on MS through to suggestions that MS can effectively be cured by a particular diet. https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/diet Before considering changing your diet, especially if you are considering diets which exclude certain food groups, you should seek advice from your neurologist, GP or MS nurse.

Whilst no specific diets have been proven to have a definite benefit for people with MS, a healthy diet based on the WHO, Heart and Cancer Foundations recommendations, provides a solid basis. These guidelines have overall general health benefits, maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing the risks of heart disease and diabetes by limiting the intake of saturated fats, for example.

The Healthy Eating Pyramid, http://nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/healthy-eating-pyramid, provides a simple visual guide to the types and proportions of food we should aim to eat daily. There are five core food groups, plus healthy fats, recommended along with advice to drink water and limit salt and added sugar intake.

If you experience fatigue or swallowing problems that reduce your dietary intake you are advised to see a dietitian and/or speech therapist who can make recommendations to ensure you have the right amount of nourishment safely.

If you would like any more information, contact our MS nurses on 9365 4888.

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