The following ideas should help your body start to heal from most auto-immune disease, and cope with the medicines used to treat your disease. These ideas are grounded in good 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 at helping the gut bacterial system and the linked immune / inflammation regulation system - there's so much information and evidence for it now - and take steps to influence it positively!
- Sleep - poor sleep screws up the immune system. Do what ever you can to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. For example.
- Be happy - if you have any grumbles or angers 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) is vital for managing inflammation. Both DAILY. Low levels of magnesium are remarkably common in the western world.
- Avoid, apart from occasional exceptions, the negative foods like shop bought wheat bread, lots of pasta, morning cereals, and of course refined sugar.
- A healthy start to the day - Nutribullet blenders are excellent. Along with the greens, banana and berries they recommend you use as a core constituent of your smoothie, add the following: a clove of garlic, some fresh ginger, some 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 certainly 5 out of the 7.
- Don't drink much at all, and definitely 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 good 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.
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.