12 Tips to Fight MS Fatigue

By: Esther Vasa

12 Tips to fight MS fatigue:
  1. SLEEP: Make sure you get 7-8 hours sleep every night. If you suffer from insomnia check this Natural Treatments for Insomnia.
  2. DRINK WATER: Drink eight 8oz glasses of water or half your body weight in ounces of water everyday. 
  3. EXERCISE: Exercise initially might tire you but as you do on a regular basis it provides energy.
  4. VARIETY: Have some variety in your daily routine. Routine tasks could be boring and cause fatigue.
  5. DIET: Eat a healthy and a balanced diet that includes complex carbohydrates, protein and greens. Avoid refined sugars, No HFCS, No MSG, no processed foods, no white flour/bread, no gluten, no caffeine, no alcohol and no smoking. Eat more number of meals but a handful each time. Have foods with Omega 3 fatty acids like walnuts, avocados, oily fish, hemp seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds. Include immune-boosting foods like mushrooms, garlic, oats, sweet potatoes and herbal teas like Peppermint Tea, Oolong Tea, Parsley Tea, Basil Tea, Green Tea and Ginger Tea.
  6. SUPPLEMENTS: Take supplements that help with keeping you active through the day. Consult your doctor before starting any new supplements. Some supplements that help with fatigue are: CoQ10, D3, Omega 3 (fish oil or krill oil) B-12 and B-Complex. Consider taking probiotic and digestive enzymes supplements to support your digestive system. 
  7. DON'T OVERLOAD: Don't overload yourself with too many tasks (saying to myself). Delegate household chores, distribute work evenly throughout the day and take a break every now and then.
  8. ELIMINATE STRESS-FACTORS: If you recognize a stress-factor in your life, try and eliminate it. Check this blogpost on Stress - The Biggest Trigger.
  9. BREATHE: Practise breathing deep.
  10. AVOID HEAT: Avoid heat and hot baths.
  11. HOBBIES: Enjoy activities that are pleasurable to you like art, music, dance etc.,
  12. CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR: If it is becoming extremely difficult, discuss with your doctor. Some medications could have fatigue as a side effect. Your doctor alone can help you figure that out. 
Have a fatigue-free journey!