Eating well is a good option for everyone, but it may be important for those with narcolepsy.
If you have Narcolepsy, You are at greater risk Obesity. People with narcolepsy “tend to lose weight because of pathological changes in narcolepsy,” says Michael Thorpey, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center. “So, you have to try to maintain ideal body weight.”
Eating well will help your maintenance Weight. It can also ease your symptoms.
“Diet can affect the symptoms of narcolepsy in a number of ways, including exercise, sleep, avoidance of tobacco and alcohol, and sleep schedule,” says William Li, MD, medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, MA.
Try these tips to stay healthy and help with the symptoms of narcolepsy.
Something to eat
Try to eat food from each food group. Eat enough Fruits and Vegetables In a rainbow of colors. Choose low-fat dairy products and fiber-rich foods Cereals. Cut back on saturated fats, trans fats, red meat, sodium and sweets.
Try a low carb diet. When you eat a large, high-carb meal, your body reduces the hormone called ghrelin, which promotes alertness. “A diet high in carbs can make you sleepy,” says Li.
Try to eat low carbohydrate foods. If you want to stay alert, proteins may be a better option than carbs, says Thorpe.
Consider A The Keto Diet. Research is limited, but some people with narcolepsy say their symptoms improve when following a ketogenic (or keto) diet, which is restricted, low carbohydrate, high fat, moderate-to-moderate.Protein diet.
“There is some clinical data from small studies of low carbohydrate, ketogenic diets in people with narcolepsy,” says Li. “The results showed little benefit, although the range was modest: an 18% improvement in daytime sleepiness.”
But the keto diet eliminates foods that contain many nutrients that are good for you, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, milk and yogurt. It can have short-term and long-term health risks and can cause symptoms Constipation, Dizzy spells, Fatigue, And Trouble going to bed.
Add Prebiotics And probiotics for your diet. “Eat a prebiotic and probiotic diet to help improve gut health,” says Li. Some people with narcolepsy may have dysbiosis or an imbalance in your gut microbial community.
Try probiotic foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, which will give you more “good” bacteria. Try a prebiotic diet like bananas, Greens, Onion, soybean and artichoke, which improve the balance of microbes in your gut.
Try it Caffeine. Caffeine helps you stay awake. Li says it is exciting and has been shown to help people stay alert.
“Make sure you don’t have more than 250mg of coffee or three 8-zones per day. Cups,” says Pittsburgh nutritionist Harland Adkins of RDN, “consider cutting yourself off after 4pm, so caffeine doesn’t affect your nighttime sleep quality.”
To avoid Alcohol. “People with narcolepsy should stay away from alcohol,” says Li. This is depressing for you The central nervous system. “In fact, alcohol itself is known to cause sleepiness and lead to alcohol-induced narcolepsy.”
How to eat
With narcolepsy, how and when you eat is just as important as what you eat.
Eat quickly. Try to time your time so you don’t eat late at night. Eating too late can be on the digestive tract and interrupts your sleep. If you eat late, avoid spicy foods. They can lead Indigestion Or Acid reflux And make it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
Eat small eats. Large, heavy als are difficult to digest. To improve your sleep quality, try eating small als and snacks. This is especially important at night and before you drive or do other activities that you need to be aware of.
Remember that food is part of the holistic approach to narcolepsy, says Li. Try to make these changes with other techniques ExerciseStrategically nap during the day, avoiding Tobacco, And creating a healthy sleep schedule.