Step 1: Diet
Why is diet important?
Following a healthy diet is important in improving symptoms and preventing the progression of multiple sclerosis. Research shows that saturated fats and dairy are particularly harmful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Switching to a plant-based, wholefood diet that is rich in omega-3 while excluding dairy and minimizing saturated fat intake is critical in recovering from your symptoms and living a long, healthy life.
What should I eat?
- Fruit & vegetables
- Nuts & seeds
- Fish & seafood
- Flaxseed oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
Step 2: Sunlight & Vitamin D
Step 3: Exercise
Why is exercise important?
Studies have shown that exercise improves physical and mental well being in people with MS. Regular movement improves flexibility, strength and fitness, prevents injury and correct physical problems caused by MS. Exercise also reduces stress and symptoms of depression.
What are my options?
Choosing a form of exercise will depend on a number of factors, including your ability and preferences. It is recommended to aim for 30 minutes of vigorous activity, five days a week, however any regular physical activity is better than none.
Step 4: Meditation
Why is meditation important?
Managing stress is an important part of living with MS and meditation can help you. Chronic stress and the inflammatory response it causes in the body can worsen the symptoms and progression of MS. A surge in scientific research over the last decade has shown that meditation may also help with symptoms of depression and pain, and boost compassion and happiness. Evidence also shows that the more you meditate, the greater the benefit. We recommend aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.
Step 5: Medication
Do I need medication?
Choices around medication are highly personal. Whether you choose to take medication or not, following the other steps of the OMS Recovery Program will reduce your symptoms and prevent further progression.
Exploring your medication options
MS medications can cause a range of side effects so it is important that you do your research, know your options and are able to make an informed decision. You may also need to try several medications before finding one that works for you.
Step 6: Prevention in Family Members
Are you related to someone with MS?
If you have a parent, sibling or child with MS, you are at an increased risk of developing it yourself. While you can’t modify your genes, there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your overall risk.
Step 7: Change your life, for life
Read the OMS book
All the research supporting the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program is detailed in the book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis by Professor George Jelinek.
Attend an OMS event
Come along to one of our events to learn more about the Recovery Program and to meet new people in a supportive, welcoming environment.
Connect with others
Find support and friendship from others who are overcoming MS by joining an OMS Circle.