Multiple Sclerosis, Stress, and Inflammation- Stress is a part of life; there is no escaping situations that will cause you stress. Reality is a bitch and stress is part of it.
However, it is important to understand how stress can affect your body and exacerbate inflammation. The last part of the last sentence is the key for people with Multiple Sclerosis to be aware of. MS is an inflammatory disease and can be made worse by chronic inflammation. According to a recent study at the Carnegie Mellon University, stress can cause “the body (to) (lose) its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.” Stress equals inflammation and inflammation is not good for people with MS. Pretty obvious stuff but also important to think about and be aware of.
To manage Multiple Sclerosis, I have found it important to manage my stress. It isn’t realistic to expect to avoid it, but you can minimize stress if you want to. We all know people where stressful situations seem to follow them everywhere they go. This is not by luck or chance; it is because stress is a drug that some people feed on. Did you know that stress is addictive? It is!
So if you are a stress addict, or just a person living with MS who has a stressful life, you need to find a way to either kick the habit or learn techniques to minimize your stress.
One of the best natural ways you can relieve stress, thereby helping your body to better control inflammatory response, is exercise. Exercise helps to manage and relieve stress and also has the added benefit of making you stronger and happier. I have some exercise tips on the ‘Exercise’ page. There are also some foods to avoid and enjoy listed, as well as some supplements, on the ‘Diet’ page.
So get out and do something active today!
**I know some of you may have read my dietary restrictions and wondered, “what the heck does he eat?” So I have decided with each post I am going to list the dinner I had the night before and the breakfast and lunch I have eaten so far today
Last night’s dinner:
- Steak seasoned with pepper, onion, and garlic. Fat trimmed off.
- Cauliflower and Kale
- 32 ounces of water
- 2 coconut flour and squash muffins with almond butter for desert
- One hand-full of almonds, one hand-full of raisins, sprinkle of sunflower seeds (shelled), sprinkle of flax seeds, sprinkle of cinnamon- all mixed in a bowl and served with rice milk (like any breakfast cereal)
- 2 eggs fried in coconut oil and seasoned with turmeric and black pepper
- 16 ounces of water
- 8 ounces of prune juice (you’ve got to keep things moving)
- 2 X small salmon fillets
- Cale and Cauliflower
- 16 ounces of water
- I’ll be doing the ‘MS Eater’ (see exercise page) later today at Servus Place in St. Albert, AB.
Until next time,