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MSBites Registered Dietitian and MS Certified Specialist. And I live with RRMS myself, so ๐—œ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜.

I help pwMS enjoy physically and emotionally nourishing meals while adapting to changing new normal.

False.There is no scientific evidence that food impacts the MS disease process. Numerous alt med providers use anecdotes...
15/03/2024

False.

There is no scientific evidence that food impacts the MS disease process.

Numerous alt med providers use anecdotes to promote โ€˜diets,โ€™ supplement regimens, or โ€˜protocols,โ€™ but anecdotal experiences are not the same as scientific evidence. In other words, โ€˜it worked for meโ€™ has no scientific value. It is an anecdote, nothing more.

Eating in a way that supports your health and prevents or manages comorbid health conditions (chronic illness in addition to MS) is an excellent idea. The Dietary Guidelines for America (DGA) offer valuable guidance on what it means to eat to support your health.

The unpredictability of MS symptoms can absolutely make eating well ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. But there is no โ€˜dietโ€™ that you need to adopt.

Have questions? Just ask.

A gentle reminder that there are no โ€˜badโ€™ foods. I have had an uptick in questions about the humble potato being โ€˜bad.โ€™ ...
14/03/2024

A gentle reminder that there are no โ€˜badโ€™ foods. I have had an uptick in questions about the humble potato being โ€˜bad.โ€™

So, Iโ€™d like to take a minute to extoll a few of the virtues of the humble potatoโ€ฆ

๐Ÿฅ” Potatoes contain valuable nutrients: Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Niacin, and Folate.

๐Ÿฅ” Potatoes contain antioxidants that help to eliminate oxidative stress in the body by neutralizing potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.

๐Ÿฅ”Potatoes contain resistant starch, a carbohydrate not digested in the small intestine. Instead, it ferments in the large intestine and feeds โ€œgoodโ€ gut bacteria.

๐Ÿฅ”And potatoes are very versatile! Theyโ€™re like the ultimate shape-shifters, ready to adapt to any dish you throw at them. They can be boiled, baked, roasted, or fried, and theyโ€™ll still be the life of the meal.

๐Ÿฅ” Potatoes are like the ultimate comfort food. Theyโ€™re there for you when you need a warm hug in the form of mashed potatoes on a cold winterโ€™s day.

๐Ÿฅ” Whatโ€™s not to love?

Potatoes are unsung culinary superheroes ready to save the day with their nutrient-dense starchy charm and undeniable tastiness!

What is your favorite way to enjoy the humble potato?

That fear (and the anxiety that results) is much worse for your health than any food. Stop listening to anything that ma...
13/03/2024

That fear (and the anxiety that results) is much worse for your health than any food. Stop listening to anything that makes you afraid of food.

MS is not your fault. You did not bring this on yourself. The cause of MS remains unknown.
12/03/2024

MS is not your fault. You did not bring this on yourself. The cause of MS remains unknown.

I am so happy that   just happens to fall on Monday, after a busy three-day travel weekend with pretty early wake-up tim...
11/03/2024

I am so happy that just happens to fall on Monday, after a busy three-day travel weekend with pretty early wake-up times, capped off with a Spring Forward into daylight savings time!

I have already had a nap, how about you?

Excellent advice!
08/03/2024

Excellent advice!

7๏ธโƒฃ  reasons I encourage folks to include whole grain breakfast cereal on their grocery list?1๏ธโƒฃ Whole Grain cereals pro...
07/03/2024

7๏ธโƒฃ reasons I encourage folks to include whole grain breakfast cereal on their grocery list?

1๏ธโƒฃ Whole Grain cereals provide essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The soluble fiber found in whole grains can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.
2๏ธโƒฃ Many are high in fiber, which promotes healthy digestion, helps regulate blood sugar levels, supports heart health, and helps you feel full and satisfied throughout the morning.
3๏ธโƒฃ They are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, and B vitamins, which are important for various bodily functions, including energy production, bone health, and cognitive function.
4๏ธโƒฃ They are versatile and customizable! You can have them with low-fat milk or a fortified plant-based alternative, sprinkle them over yogurt or smoothie bowls, or even incorporate them into homemade snack bars or trail mix. For added vitamins and natural sweetness, you can add fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries or blueberries.
5๏ธโƒฃ They are a quick and convenient breakfast (or snack) option, requiring minimal preparation time. They can be easily portioned and stored, making them suitable for busy individuals or as an on-the-go snack.
6๏ธโƒฃ They are affordable! Whole grain cereal is generally less expensive than many other breakfast or snack options, making it a viable choice for those on a limited budget.
7๏ธโƒฃ Cereal is simple to prepare. Depending on availability, it can be enjoyed with or without milk. There is no fuss, no complicated preparation; just pour and enjoy.

What is your favorite way to enjoy whole-grain breakfast cereal?

Does the onslaught of conflicting and confusing nutrition recommendations leave you feeling ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ? Fee...
06/03/2024

Does the onslaught of conflicting and confusing nutrition recommendations leave you feeling ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ? Feeling a bit of FOMO? (I mean, what if eating organ meats really will cure MS?) Almost all of the folks I work with report feeling very anxious about food and tell me they spend a LOT of time thinking about it. Does this sound familiar?

There is a pretty good argument that his type of anxiety is much worse for your health than a supersized serving of any fried, sugar-laden, processed snack food. And because the fear-based MS โ€˜dietโ€™ culture purveyors know you have these concerns, they use it to sell their stuff.

The good news is that limiting exposure to these messages may alleviate cues that keep you โ€˜stuckโ€™ in anxiety thought loops. Free up your mind to focus on things that bring you joy or peace of mind.

Free Nutrition advice: Unfollow any social media accounts that ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜†.
Doing so will

๐Ÿงก ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€. Seeing posts focused heavily on rules/restrictions could inadvertently fuel anxious thoughts.
๐Ÿงก ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป. No matter who says that a โ€˜diet,โ€™ supplement regimen, or โ€˜protocolโ€™ has healed, beat, or reversed their MS, MS remains a disease with no known cure. What they are selling wonโ€™t heal, beat, or reverse MS for you either.
๐Ÿงก ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น-๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. Not exposing oneself to anxiety-provoking content helps you to value peace of mind over passively absorbing info that is harmful to mental health. (aka doom scrolling).
๐Ÿงก ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ-๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†. Small actions like protecting mental space give you compassion.

Busted: The myth that milk is somehow bad for folks with MS is untrue. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €Dairy is a convenient source of...
05/03/2024

Busted: The myth that milk is somehow bad for folks with MS is untrue.
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Dairy is a convenient source of calcium and vitamin D, which is important for folks with MS who are at an increased risk for a fracture.

Full-fat dairy has a place in a balanced eating pattern when enjoyed in moderation. However, it may contribute to inflammation issues for some individuals over time, especially when consumed often. The good news is that low-fat milk provides all the important nutrients with less saturated fat. Skim provides all of the important nutrients with none of the saturated fat!
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If you abstain from dairy for any reason, ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐——. Your bones will thank you.
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๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†: If you enjoy dairy milk, enjoy it! Opt for the lowest fat option you find most enjoyable and consume regularly to minimize your saturated fat intake. Reserve the full-fat varieties for occasional treats like ice cream ๐Ÿฆ or other foods you consume less frequently.

But there is ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€. ๐Ÿฅ›

Still have doubts? Check out a recent studyโ€™s conclusion: โ€œNeither dairy nor gluten intake was associated with disease activity or quality of life in this study.โ€ Link to study in bio.

Strawberries are a nutrient powerhouse! They are:๐Ÿ“ loaded with Vitamin C๐Ÿ“ rich in vital minerals like manganese, folate ...
04/03/2024

Strawberries are a nutrient powerhouse! They are:
๐Ÿ“ loaded with Vitamin C
๐Ÿ“ rich in vital minerals like manganese, folate (vitamin B9), and potassium.
๐Ÿ“ full of antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, and procyanidins.
๐Ÿ“ a fantastic source of of both soluble and insoluble fiber, so support the friendly bacteria in your gut.
๐Ÿ“ quite a good source of water (~90%), so they are hydrating!

And...they add a touch of sweetness to any dish! Win, win.

A few ๐Ÿ“ideas to inspire you
- Toss them in a salad
- Make a strawberry vinaigrette (google it for endless suggestions)
- Make them into a salsa (link in bio)
- Add them to cold breakfast cereal
- Include them in a smoothie
- Feature them in overnight oats
- Toss in hot oatmeal, cream of wheat, or other hot breakfast cereal
- Add sliced strawberries to a pitcher of water, along with some fresh mint leaves, for a nice flavor-infused water
- Include in a yogurt parfait
- Include in quinoa or other grain salads
-Strawberry shortcake!!!
- Make them into a jam (link in bio)
- Enjoy them plain, as they are great as they are.

What is your favorite way to enjoy strawberries?

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
02/03/2024

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

As a registered dietitian living with Multiple Sclerosis, I have always thought it is fitting that March combines MS Awa...
01/03/2024

As a registered dietitian living with Multiple Sclerosis, I have always thought it is fitting that March combines MS Awareness Month AND National Nutrition Month!โ €

This is why I think of March as ๐—˜๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ฆ Month!โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
There is so much interest in the role of diet in living well with MS. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation and confusion about what it means to eat well with multiple sclerosis.

What are your biggest questions about MS and food? Share in the comments. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Eating to support your health does not mean eating without ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜†.
28/02/2024

Eating to support your health does not mean eating without ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜†.

The pursuit of perfection can sometimes feel like chasing a mirage. A mirage that is created by arbitrary food rules pro...
26/02/2024

The pursuit of perfection can sometimes feel like chasing a mirage.

A mirage that is created by arbitrary food rules promising that if you eat in some very precise way, you will be able to control your MS. Heal, beat, or reverse your MS. Whatever that means in the context of a disease with no known cure.

The โ€œdietsโ€ sell you on the idea that you will be able to regain control over your body.

But, when the โ€œdietโ€ fails to deliver, it is not the fault of the diet; it is ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง fault for not complying strictly enough. This all-or-nothing thinking sets us up for food binges and then guilt. Lots of guilt. And stress, anxiety, feelings of failure, and a troubled relationship with food. And because I am focusing on comorbid conditions this month, it is important to know that disordered thoughts about food can lead to eating disorders, which are considered comorbidity.

Letโ€™s dismantle the myth that living with MS means mealtime must be perfect. Mealtime is intended to nourish you physically and emotionally. If mealtime is doing these things, that is all you need to focus on. Sometimes, this means a beautifully prepared meal worthy of an Instagram photo. Other times it is a bowl of cereal with milk and berries. Or a PBJ.

Have questions? Just ask.

Well, since Multiple Sclerosis may as well be synonymous with the unexpected, I think PwMS have plenty of opportunity to...
16/02/2024

Well, since Multiple Sclerosis may as well be synonymous with the unexpected, I think PwMS have plenty of opportunity to learn!

We all crave certainty.

Itโ€™s our human instinct.

Uncertainty is uncomfortable.

We want the predictable, the routine, the sure thing. Why do you think all of the MS โ€œdiets,โ€ regimens, and protocols try to sell us the idea that we will regain or retake control over our disease and our lives?

But guess what?

๐Ÿƒ Embracing uncertainty has brought resilience.

โœจ It opened doors I never even knew existed.

๐Ÿ˜‘ And yes, there have been some failures along the way.

But uncertainty is not a roadblock, it is an open door. Who knows, the best part of your story might be just on the other side.

The obstacle is and always was the path.

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Happy Valentines Day ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก
14/02/2024

Happy Valentines Day ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

And it cannot cure Multiple Sclerosis or any other disease. Supporting your body with the nutrients it requires to funct...
13/02/2024

And it cannot cure Multiple Sclerosis or any other disease.

Supporting your body with the nutrients it requires to function optimally is foundational to health. But it is just one component. Eating optimally does not mean it is unnecessary to address the other important areas of our health.

It is important to:
๐ŸŸ  Eat well.
๐ŸŸ  Address stress, anxiety, and depression.
๐ŸŸ  Move your body every day.
๐ŸŸ  Prioritize sleep.

If any of these important foundational parts of health are challenging, it is important to speak with your care team so you can get support.

Is coffee good or bad for folks with Multiple Sclerosis? The answer is neither. Like most things, the information you ar...
12/02/2024

Is coffee good or bad for folks with Multiple Sclerosis? The answer is neither. Like most things, the information you are looking for requires some context and nuance. Less black and white, more grey.

As it relates specifically to multiple sclerosis, I am unaware of any conclusive science that suggests it is either beneficial or harmful to the MS disease process. However, coffee is rich in antioxidants, and moderate coffee consumption is not harmful and may actually be beneficial.

Here are a few things to consider:

1๏ธโƒฃ How does coffee impact your sleep?
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant and can interrupt sleep for some people, while others can drink coffee all day without impacting their sleep.

2๏ธโƒฃ How does coffee impact your bladder?
Coffee is a diuretic, which means more trips to the loo. This is an individualized response as well.

3๏ธโƒฃ How does coffee impact your blood pressure?
Due to its high caffeine content, coffee can temporarily raise blood pressure. If you are already living with hypertension, coffee may make management more challenging.

Keeping these things in mind, if you donโ€™t already enjoy coffee, there is no clinical reason to think you should start drinking it for some health benefit.

But if you do enjoy a cuppa (like I certainly do!!), there is no reason to stop.

Just recognize any personal limitations and work within them!

Have questions? Just ask.

Comorbidity with multiple sclerosis has a significant impact on health and quality of life in PwMS. Research supports th...
09/02/2024

Comorbidity with multiple sclerosis has a significant impact on health and quality of life in PwMS.

Research supports the efficacy of nutrition interventions for many of the most common comorbidities PwMS live with.
What does this suggest?

If you have one or more comorbid conditions, how you eat and engage in other daily behaviors that support health will help you manage them more effectively.

If you do not have a comorbid health condition, how you eat and engage in other daily behaviors can reduce your risk of acquiring chronic comorbid health conditions.

In other words, eating in a way that promotes your health and either prevents or manages comorbid health conditions will result in increased quality of life and decreased chances of disability with MS.

If you live with one or more comorbidities and are unsure of how food impacts these conditions, request a referral to a registered dietitian for support.

Have questions? Just ask.

The irony of 2024: we have smart watches and smart mattresses that track our sleep patterns and give us personalized rec...
06/02/2024

The irony of 2024: we have smart watches and smart mattresses that track our sleep patterns and give us personalized recommendations, but they canโ€™t do anything about the neighborโ€™s dog barking at 3 a.m. Or the nightmare fuel that is the news these days. All of this is ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป the variety of ways that MS can interrupt or make sleep elusive.

Here are a few tips that might help you get a better nightโ€™s sleep. You can read more about these tips in an article on my blog. The link is https://wp.me/p6YEI4-1HU and also in my bio.

Have questions? Just ask.

Defining the goal is only half of the process. The other half is implementing the steps to get there. Breaking your goal...
05/02/2024

Defining the goal is only half of the process.

The other half is implementing the steps to get there.

Breaking your goal into manageable, measurable sub-goals (incremental changes and actions) will help your goals become a roadmap, showing the route and the milestones along the way.

Where do you want to go?

Following up on yesterdayโ€™s post. Practice does make progress.
03/02/2024

Following up on yesterdayโ€™s post. Practice does make progress.

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone. It is a day of much uncertainty for our furry forecasting friends as they emerge from the...
02/02/2024

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone.

It is a day of much uncertainty for our furry forecasting friends as they emerge from their burrows.

As the 1993 film starring Bill Murray explored, this day can also represent the challenges of repetitive routines and lack of progress or change. Though intended as comedy, the premise contains wisdom - we must find ways to learn from each experience, however mundane, and seek new perspectives to grow as individuals.

Rather than being trapped endlessly repeating the same motions, perhaps we could view each day as a chance to hone skills, deepen relationships, and better understand ourselves and others. Progress often happens gradually, through minor daily improvements rather than dramatic transformations.

So if the dayโ€™s forecast seems all too familiar, rather than feeling frustrated, remember - within the same 24 hours lies opportunity. How will you use your time to move closer to your goals and ideals, if only by inches? Wishing you discoveries and smiles whatever the weather brings.

February is American Heart Month ๐Ÿงก And because heart disease is one of the many comorbid conditions that folks with MS l...
01/02/2024

February is American Heart Month ๐Ÿงก And because heart disease is one of the many comorbid conditions that folks with MS live with, I plan to spend time during February talking about comorbidity. Comorbidity is a scary-sounding word (morbid?) that means living with more than one health condition at the same time. Nutrition plays a significant role in many common comorbidities.

If you live with MS and a comorbidity, please check back weekly to get more information. If you have questions, please just ask.

Start small. Small habits add up. Restriction is not required for health.
31/01/2024

Start small. Small habits add up. Restriction is not required for health.

Agreed.
29/01/2024

Agreed.

If you search Google or browse social media looking for information about eating well with MS, you will find that most o...
23/01/2024

If you search Google or browse social media looking for information about eating well with MS, you will find that most of the bandwidth is dedicated to itemizing the โ€œgoodโ€ foods, โ€œbadโ€ foods, the foods that you absolutely must restrict, how NOT to eat the foods you love, and even how to fast for long periods of time. All of this, along with the unending focus on weight(loss) and BMI.

But hereโ€™s a question no one seems to ask: Are you eating enough?

Would it surprise you to know that not eating enough food may contribute to the symptoms mentioned here? Do any of these sound familiar?

Not eating enough can lead to various consequences that strangely resemble common MS symptoms. Remember, eating adequate food is critical to meeting our nutrition needs. Eating enough is an important start.

Are you eating enough? Has anyone on your healthcare team asked you?

How are you answering the questions that life asks? Food for thought.
21/01/2024

How are you answering the questions that life asks? Food for thought.

Not to be confused with Primary Progressive or Secondary Progressive MS which are terms that refer to the disease course...
20/01/2024

Not to be confused with Primary Progressive or Secondary Progressive MS which are terms that refer to the disease course or phenotype of MS.

Common ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ include:
๐ŸŸ  Anxiety/ Depression
๐ŸŸ  Bladder Dysfunction, Infection
๐ŸŸ  Bowel Dysfunction
๐ŸŸ  Dizziness and Vertigo
๐ŸŸ  Fatigue
๐ŸŸ  Itching
๐ŸŸ  Pain
๐ŸŸ  Sexual Problems
๐ŸŸ  Spasticity
๐ŸŸ  Tremors
๐ŸŸ  Walking Difficulties

Contributing factors to ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ include
๐ŸŸ  Sleep disruption
๐ŸŸ  Medication (side effects)
๐ŸŸ  Anxiety, Depression
๐ŸŸ  Lack of exercise
๐ŸŸ  Mental overexertion
๐ŸŸ  Physical overexertion
๐ŸŸ  Physical deconditioning from lack of exercise or being sedentary
๐ŸŸ  Illness or infection like the flu or a UTI
๐ŸŸ  Stress
๐Ÿ‘‰And yes, ๐™€๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™‚ ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™๐™๐™€๐™๐™‰!

๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ include (but are not necessarily limited to
๐ŸŸ  Inability to drive or walk, affecting the ability to work
๐ŸŸ  Changes in social networks and relationships due to the stress and strain of dealing with MS
๐ŸŸ  Withdrawal from social interactions due to difficulty with bladder control, tremors, or swallowing (or any one of the unpredictable ways that MS can show up in your day) causing social isolation.

Anyone living with MS may (or may not) experience one or more primary, secondary, and tertiary MS symptoms at any time. Despite the fact that these categories of symptoms described here share the same names as the types of disease course (primary, secondary) they are not related. You can experience any of the symptoms regardless of whether you are living with RRMS, PPMS, or SPMS.

All of this vocabulary can be confusing, so if you have any questions, just ask.

I am a dedicated coffee gal. โ˜•๏ธ But only in the morning, or I would be awake all night. Hot tea is my relaxation beverag...
18/01/2024

I am a dedicated coffee gal. โ˜•๏ธ

But only in the morning, or I would be awake all night. Hot tea is my relaxation beverage of choice in the afternoon, especially when it is cold outside! Here are a couple of the reasons why:

๐Ÿซ– Ritual and relaxation - preparing and savoring tea is a soothing ritual giving space for mindfulness and reduced stress, which research links to numerous health advantages. Put the kettle on, steep the tea, and then enjoy a book or some other relaxing habit.

๐Ÿซ– Flavor - When I am enjoying coffee, I like it strong and black. But tea provides an opportunity to experience a huge variety of unique herbal, fruit, and botanical tea blends. Many of the varieties available are caffeine-free, so they are great any time of day.

๐Ÿซ– And, of course, the health benefits - many teas contain antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to fight inflammation.

Off to put the kettle onโ€ฆ.

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