11 Lifestyle Tips to Help You Manage MS Symptoms

Because multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the central nervous system, it can cause symptoms throughout the body, including numbness, fatigue, and problems with balance. But taking good care of your body — in addition to sticking to your multiple sclerosis treatment plan — can help you manage your MS symptoms.

“We are beginning to better understand the importance of these additional measures,” says Lisa Billars, MD, a neurologist with Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta. “The focus is not only on treating the disease, but also on optimizing the health of patients in light of their medical condition.”

From keeping your cool — literally — to staying mentally engaged and physically active, following these lifestyle tips can help you stay healthy and live your best life with multiple sclerosis.

1. Eat More Nutritious Foods to Feel Your Best

There’s no special MS diet, but an overall healthy eating plan can give you more energy and help stave off chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.