Cooking & Food

Dr. Stevie Springer shows ways to help control epilepsy through healthy eating

Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer of Wise and Well appeared on New Mexico Living to discuss how nutrition and eating can affect epilepsy and seizures. Dr. Springer explains that sugars can sometimes impact neurological functions within the brain. Rest, meditation, walking, task immersion, and sniffing a strong odor are activities Dr. Springer says can naturally help reduce seizures. Additionally, watching what foods you consume is another way to help moderate seizures.

What foods should epileptics avoid?

  • white bread
  • non-wholegrain cereals
  • biscuits and cakes
  • honey
  • high-sugar drinks and foods
  • fruit juices
  • chips
  • mashed potatoes
  • parsnips
  • dates
  • watermelon
  • processed or overcooked foods
  • over-ripe fruits

A modified Atkins diet/ Ketogenic diet may help to control seizures

  • high-fat foods such as bacon
  • eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • certain fruits like berries
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • avocados
  • cheeses
  • meats and fish

This special diet must be supervised by a dietician or neurologist as there must be a 1/3, 1/4 ratio of carbohydrates to fat.
For more information visit Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer‘s official Wise and Well page.