Diet & Exercise to Reduce Seizures

  • Sometimes people are sensitive to certain food types, though this is rare. If this occurs to you, avoid these foods. Talk to your primary care doctor too to make sure there's not a medical problem contributing to food sensitivities and seizures. 
  • Regulate meal times and patterns around sleep, activity, and medication schedules.
  • Usually taking medicines after food or around meals makes it easier to remember them and may lessen any stomach distress from side effects of medicines.
  • Have a well-balanced diet and eat at consistent times to avoid long periods without food.
  • If your appetite is poor, try small frequent meals instead of skipping meals. Avoid foods and drinks that may aggravate seizures.
  • If you are following a diet specifically for your epilepsy, be sure to follow the advice of your doctor and nutritionist about specific foods and amounts. 

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Authored By:

Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Steven C. Schachter MD

on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Reviewed By:

Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN

on Monday, February 17, 2014

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