4 MS-Focused Ways to Support Your Immune System
- by Shekinah R.
- September 19, 2016
Shekinah R. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
The immune system is a complex system made up of a vast network of cells and proteins that work together to provide your body with a natural system of defenses. Since multiple sclerosis is believed to be an immune-mediated disease, in which the immune system attacks certain structures and cells in the central nervous system, it is important to understand the value of a healthy immune system.
Taking good care of your immune system is vital to your overall health. You can think of the immune system as a team of football players. Each player has their specific responsibility; however, they are all working towards one common goal: to keep you healthy.
There are many different lifestyle changes you can make to support your immune system. Modifications to your diet, activity level, stress level, and sleep can impact your overall well-being. Before you consider a diet modification or exercise program, I encourage you to first consult with your health care provider. Together you and your health care provider can develop a plan that best suits your needs.
- Eat Healthy Eating a well-balanced diet that consists of low-fat foods high in fiber and antioxidants is important to overall health. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, vegetables and their juices, whole-grain products, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and even chocolate!
- Get Moving Moderate exercise can help support general health. I’ve found I stay more dedicated to workout regimens when I have an accountability partner rather than if I go it alone. If going to the gym is too difficult, put on your favorite music at home and move around. According to the NMSS, the key is consistency; do a little bit each day.
- Reduce Stress Be mindful of your stressors. Stress triggers the overproduction of neurochemicals in the brain that can lower your immune function. In turn, reducing stress may benefit your general health.
- Rest Up Say yes to sleep! Eight hours of sleep every night can promote overall health. It may also be helpful to remove stimuli like televisions, cell phones and other distractions from the area where you sleep to ensure your rest is not interrupted.
In closing I would like to commend you on taking positive steps to stay healthy. Small changes can make a big impact on your health and wellness. I encourage you to discuss the best ways to promote your overall health with your health care provider.
Shared Solutions® Nurse
About The Author
Shekinah R., RN, MSCN is a MS Certified Nurse at Teva's Shared Solutions®. She has six years of nursing experience with multiple sclerosis.
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Cyndi | September 19, 2016Thank you for fighting with us!
Bonnie Register | September 19, 2016Thanks for the information. But stress is a hard one when you have ms ‼️✝✝🙏✝
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 20, 2016We understand living with MS adds extra challenges to life, Bonnie. We’re so glad you’re here and hope you find helpful support.
Kay | September 19, 2016Thank you for writing this article. I just started exercsing and it was very encouraging to read that! I'm going to be 70 net week😉
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 20, 2016Finding an activity you enjoy can make all the difference, Kay! Be sure to consult a healthcare professional before starting any exercise program.
Diana | September 19, 2016Very enlightening article! Thank you for sharing your expertise on such relevant topic in todays world where a healthy diet can make all the different in world with in an individuals overall lifestyle.
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 20, 2016It’s comments like yours that inspire us each day, Diana! Thanks for helping nurture the Lift MS community.
Susie | September 20, 2016Awsome this info helped me alot
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 20, 2016Hurray! We love hearing that Lift MS has been helpful – that’s just what we intended! We appreciate your part in those efforts, Susie.
Neisha W | September 21, 2016Thank you for this educational information Shekinah! While I don't suffer directly from, nor do I know anyone suffering from MS; I find this article to be very informative and motivating to live a healthier lifestyle!
Teva's Lift MS Team | September 22, 2016Thanks for your kind words, Neisha! Comments like yours fuel our efforts to build a helpful community.
Valerie | October 02, 2016Happy to hear all of the great things this can do
Kathy | October 05, 2016This article was very helpful! I liked the part about keep moving...even to music. Good idea. Also, diet was informative, and reduce stress. I know for me if a get stressed the 1st problem I get is a bad headache. I have been keeping a log regarding the times I get the headaches per my Neurologist.
Teva's Lift MS Team | October 06, 2016We are happy you are finding value in the blog, Kathy! Please continue to check back for more info.
William | October 12, 2016Good comments for better quality of life- working on improving on each of your recommendations
Teva's Lift MS Team | October 13, 2016We’re so glad to hear our community has been helpful to you, William. You’re part of what makes this blog great!
Vera | January 29, 2017This tips are helpful for everyone not only MS patients.