Yes, really! I’d like to highlight the importance of drinking more for MS. However, I’m talking about drinking more water. I’ll come onto alcohol and other very enjoyable beverages in a minute.
In this blog, Jane from the Information Team at the MS Trust looks at the benefits of drinking more if you have MS.
Drinking more water is important if you have bladder symptoms as part of your MS. It can be tempting to drink less water to minimise unexpectedly rushing to the loo, going to the loo many times a day or during the night or if incontinence is part of your MS. However, drinking less water means that the urine in your bladder will be more concentrated and that can lead to more urinary tract infections (UTIs).
The general advice is to drink around one to two litres, or six to eight glasses, of liquid per day. If plain water seems too boring, you could try sparkling water instead or add a slice of lemon or lime.
Many people enjoy caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea. Some energy drinks contain quite a lot of caffeine too. However, caffeine can irritate the bladder lining so, for people with bladder symptoms, it can be good to switch to decaff coffee, fruit or herbal teas.
Alcohol in moderation
When it comes to lifestyle, the advice for people with MS is the same as for everyone – eat healthily, exercise sensibly, avoid smoking and try not to drink too much alcohol. If you’d like to cut down your alcohol intake, NHS Choices has some good tips.
Take a break
Could you give up alcohol? Some of our supporters are being sponsored not to drink any alcohol for a month. They have joined the Drink Less for MS campaign in aid of the MS Trust. Would you like to join them? It is nearly time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions after all!
Have a good weekend
Cheers, everyone! Mine’s a pint of water, please.
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