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What You Can Do to Feel Better for Autoimmune Disorder

Posted Sep 11 2009 4:56pm

Eat a healthy diet.

Keep your immune system as healthy as it can be! The list of nutrients you need for a healthy immune system is long. But don't try to overload on vitamins because that could be worse for your health. Eat balanced meals with foods from all of the food groups. Include yummy fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Also eat calcium-rich foods, such as fat-free milk, low-fat milk, fat-free yogurt, or low-fat yogurt. Avoid fatty foods.

Get regular exercise. (But be careful not to overdo it.)

Thirty minutes of physical activity most days of the week is best. But first talk with your doctor about what types of exercise you can do. A gradual and gentle exercise program often works well for people with long-lasting muscle and joint pain. Some types of yoga or tai chi exercises may be helpful.

Reduce stress and try to "self" manage your pain.

You might be able to lessen your pain or muscle spasms if you try meditation or self-hypnosis. They may also help you deal with other aspects of living with your disease. You can learn about these practices by reading self-help books, listening to audiotapes, or working with an instructor. You also can use imagery, which is using the power of your thoughts to "destroy" your pain. You can also distract yourself from your pain by doing a hobby or something else you enjoy.

Get enough rest.

Rest allows your body tissues and joints the time they need to repair. Sleeping is a great way you can help your body and your mind. If you don't get enough sleep, your stress level and symptoms could get worse. You also can't fight off sickness as well when you sleep poorly. With enough sleep, you can tackle your problems better, and you can lower your risk for illness. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night.

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