The following ideas should help your body cope with, or perhaps improve somewhat from, most auto-immune disease, and also cope better with the medicines used to treat your condition. These ideas are grounded in evidence-based science.
If you have any form of auto-immune disease, you need to be doing most of these ALL the time, and all of them some of the time.
- Get your gut microbiome happier and more balanced. Research it – especially the role of intermittent or regular fasting in helping the gut bacterial system and the linked immune/inflammation regulation system – there is so much information now – take steps to influence it positively!
- Sleep – poor sleep screws up the immune system. Do whatever you can to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. For example.
- Be happy – if you have any grumbles or anger or emotional problems from the past – deal with them. For example, counselling.
- Vitamin B complex, Omega 3 fatty acids and Magnesium. A combination of the different B vitamins are vital for nerve function, and a high-quality fish oil (2000-3000 mg) can be useful for managing inflammation. Both DAILY. Low levels of magnesium seem to be quite common in the western world.
- Avoid, apart from occasional exceptions, the potentially challenging foods like shop bought wheat bread, lots of pasta, morning cereals, and refined sugar.
- A healthy start to the day – Nutribullet blenders are excellent. Along with the greens, banana and berries that they recommend you use as a core constituent of your smoothie, add the following: a clove of garlic, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric and – importantly – some avocado (for their healthy fats), nuts (esp. almond or walnut) and seeds (esp. flaxseeds). Perhaps not every day of the week but at least 5 out of the 7.
- Don’t drink much at all, and for sure not on consecutive days.
- Learn to meditate for a bit each day – this app, for example, is excellent.
- Regular cardio exercise (testing your limits) that gets you hot and sweaty. However, research this if you have MS.
- Regular yoga (good for sleep and your immune system).
- Breathing exercises. Practice and practice until you are a very competent breather. For example, be able to hold your breath on a full set of lungs for at least 75 seconds, and on a completely empty set of lungs for at least 30 seconds.
- Only take antibiotics if really necessary – this requires a dialogue with your doctor, but the main reason is to avoid upsetting the gut microbiome.
If you asked me ‘what of the above are the most important?’. Well, I would answer ‘always do 1, 2, 3, 8 and 11’. But the others really help too.