The foods you eat play an important role in managing how you feel. Patients following an MS diet have a number of choices in diet plans, books, and resources for menus geared towards people with MS. The MS diet you choose doesn’t have to be a fancy one that causes added expense. The Swank MS diet is perfect for those who are looking for a complete resource to improve nutrition and adjust eating habits to benefit not only their body, but also their MS symptoms.

Dr Roy Swank came up with a low-fat diet that helps MS patients. It was first introduced in 1948 and has been a successful change in nutrition for many people with MS. 144 patients were monitored over a 34 year span and the results were positive for the MS patients who actually followed this MS diet plan.  The condition of those who followed the plan didn’t deteriorate over the entire 34 year period, while those who didn’t follow the plan found their condition deteriorated significantly.

This diet cuts out processed foods containing saturated fats and no red meat should be consumed during the first year of the diet. After the initial year is over, 3 ounces of red meat may be eaten within a week’s time. The diet also limits dairy to products with less than 1 percent of butterfat and 15 grams of saturated fats and 20 to 50 grams of unsaturated fats may be consumed. Wheat, gluten, and dairy products aren’t limited in quantities at all. This diet regimen suggests an omega-3 supplement to be taken each day as well.


How to Follow an MS Diet Book


Following a diet book for people with Multiple Sclerosis requires paying careful attention to the MS diet recipes included. Make sure to follow the guidelines as close as possible to get the most benefit from the diet. Whichever book or menu you choose; there will be MS diet recommendations listed. These will include specific portions, ingredients, foods to avoid, etc. This information is provided to help you learn how to change your way of eating to gain the most benefits.

Adding an MS diet and exercise routine to your daily life should help you feel better and maintain the strength and flexibility you need to be independent as long as possible. Even though this disease isn’t curable, it can easily be managed with the right medications, emotional support, MS diet, and keeping physically fit.


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