Healthy Eating With Epilepsy

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You have all heard the saying, "You are what you eat." It's true! What we eat and drink is central to our health in so many ways. Over the years, researchers have looked at the relationship nutrition habits have on our health and have found that poor dietary choices result in increased health risks for a range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and more.

If seizure medicines don’t control seizures for a person with epilepsy, other therapies may help. Some people may try a special diet called the ketogenic diet, one of the dietary therapies that may be recommended by their health care team to improve seizure control.

But eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to be on a special diet. People with epilepsy have long reported that some foods may aggravate seizures or that going long periods of time without eating or “not eating well” can lead to poor seizure control.

The importance of diet has been reinforced in many ways. Anecdotal reports and some research is showing that improving the nutritional content of a person’s diet can improve seizure control and well-being in some people.

Healthy eating is a key component of the Wellness Institute. Here you will find information about nutrition and seizures, tips for eating healthy, and recipes to help you on your journey.

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Authored By:

Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN

Reviewed By:

Joseph I. Sirven MD

Resources

Epilepsy Centers

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