Dealing with Autoimmune Disease
How to manage autoimmune disease
Statistics from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association show that there are more than 50 million citizens living with an autoimmune disease. There are more than 100 identified ailments—lupus, myosotis, and rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few. Diagnosing such diseases can get difficult due to various symptoms and may take quite a few years.
Although chronic in nature, an autoimmune disease is not untreatable. Aside from taking prescribed medication, here are a few ways to manage the condition:
- Take walks. Set aside at least 20 minutes of your time for short-distance walks. Researches have noted that moderate exercises help improve one’s mood and reduce the pain and stiffness that come with autoimmune diseases.
- Take a breather. An hour of rest a day (whether through a nap or meditation) is important for maintaining productivity. Your body can only do so much.
- Learn to reduce stress. Stress hormones inflames the immune system. If the inflammation proves too much for it to handle, it suppresses it. Engage in a stress-relieving activity and give your immune system a break.
- Clean your gut. Since it houses 80 percent of the immune system, keep it as healthy as possible. Start by avoiding gut-damaging food such as processed and junk food.
- Surround yourself with supportive people. Negative feelings (or worse, depression) are common among autoimmune disease patients. Take refuge in family and friends who understand your struggle. You can also seek out professionals for added help in coping.
Living with an autoimmune disease is a never-ending battle. However, it shouldn’t stop you from living your best life. Keep the above tips in mind as you carry on your fight against your condition.
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