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Healthy Lifestyle For A Epileptic

Health and wellbeing is very important for an epileptics lifestyle. To minimize the risk of increasing seizures, you will have to learn how to best take care of your body so it can support you mentally and physically.

Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a treatment option for children with hard to control epilepsy and adults may also benefit from dietary treatments. The ketogenic diet, which is very high in fats and low in carbohydrates, which makes the body burn fat for energy instead of glucose.

 

Because the diet  is very high in fat and very low in proteins and carbohydrates, it produces a change in the body chemistry called “ketosis”. The state of ketosis must be maintained and any straying in the diet can cause a change in that state of ketosis which can lead to seizure activity.  These ketones, which the brain can use as an alternative source of energy, have an anti-epileptic effect on the brain, and can lead to improved seizure control.The ketogenic diet involves a very specific set of meals planned through the day which are all measured to a specific ratio.  You will want to consult with your doctor before beginning this diet to see if it safe for you.  

 

Modified Atkins Diet

Like keto, Modified Atkins can help you follow a lower-carb diet or achieve ketosis by restricting carbs. The only real difference is that you can get results by eating a wider variety of foods. The modified Atkins diet is a less strict ketogenic diet. With each meal, they will have a source of protein, a part of their daily carbohydrates and the rest will be sources of fat. They will also be given a goal for how much water to drink each day, which all still adjust the body dynamic to helping reduce seizures.

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Why Should I Try It?

Adjusting your diet can be very beneficial for controlling seizures for some cases. The normal diet you are use to will be harder to adjust but in the long run be a great addition to treating your seizures. There are great recipes for Keto/Modified Atkins dishes that can help give you plenty of  ideas!

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Yoga

Yoga is widely known for its calming and relaxing practice for the mind and body. Yoga has been found to be beneficial for those living with epilepsy due to its natural  calming effects. It helps reduce stress levels, which can be a trigger for seizures in some people. Additionally, yoga increases mindfulness, which can be helpful in managing anxiety and depression – two common side effects of living with epilepsy.

Breath Work Technique

Breath work practice involves deep breathing exercises which helps increase oxygen levels in the brain and a key factor in helping manage seizures. Additionally, this type of exercise helps improve focus and concentration while reducing fatigue – both important factors when it comes to day-to-day activities while living with epilepsy.  It focuses on concentration or alertness and is also possible that slow breathing exercises might reduce seizure.

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Why Should I Try It?

Using these techniques can benefit you mentally and physically. Different breathing techniques can assist  you with cooling and relaxing your mind. Your stress levels will reduce, and you will find yourself more at peace.

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