Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition, that affects the brain and spinal cord. It can produce a wide array of symptoms including mobility issues, vision problems and fatigue.
With such a range of symptoms and no known causes of the disease, this lifelong condition is unique to each individual sufferer. MS awareness days aim to get the conversation going, involving more people and connecting those living with this disease.
Multiple Sclerosis, what do we know?
- MS is one of the most common neurological diseases.
- 8 million people around the world have MS.
- It affects the myelin sheath that protects the nerves, interfering with the way signals are sent to the brain.
- Symptoms are wide-ranging from unsteadiness to loss of mobility. From gradual progression to remitting and relapsing.
- The cause is unknown, however, it appears to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors.
- There are no cures for MS.
- But some treatments can help manage the disease.
Whilst there are exciting developments in the research for a cure for MS and there are already some disease limiting medications available, treatments tend to focus on managing the symptoms rather than on the disease itself.
Here are four of the common symptoms and some recommendations for helping them.
One of the most common symptoms for MS sufferers is fatigue, from needing to go to bed a little earlier to debilitating tiredness.
- Exercise can help reduce tiredness, as strange as this may seem. Utilising muscles and getting endorphins going can increase energy levels, it can also help with sleep which in the long term will result in more energy.
- Resting is beneficial to reduce weariness and it can be good to factor this into your daily routine.
- Diet is also important, maintaining a healthy weight helps the body function at its best and consuming foods that help natural energy levels can make a huge difference. Wheatgrass is nature’s energy fuel due to its high chlorophyll and nutritional content, supporting the body in building red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.
- Exercise is recommended to maintain mobility. By keeping moving the muscles to continue to work which in the long term allows more mobility for longer periods.
- Finding the right exercise is important, this may be pilates, bodyweight exercises or simply stretching.
3. Joint pain
Whilst MS doesn’t directly affect the joints, it does affect other areas that can lead to joint pain.
For example, a loss of energy can lead to muscle deterioration which can lead to more stress being placed on the joints. Lack of mobility can also lead to weight gain which again can also place stress on the joints
- Eating a balanced diet and undertaking light exercise can help alleviate these problems. Wheatgrass can be great at helping to maintain a healthy body weight. High in nutrients, drinking this juice can help us feel full for longer, meaning fewer cravings to snack.
- We often over feed but under nourish our bodies so by taking on board nutrient-rich wheatgrass juice, we're providing our bodies with all they need without the empty calories.
The stress and disability factors of this disease can be hard to cope with, add to this the possible isolation and lack of a cure, it's no surprise that depression is prevalent in many.
- The good news is that there is help, counselling is available and coping strategies can be developed.
- Maintaining social contacts is recommended as well as engaging in activities where social interaction is involved.
- Diet can also help, ensuring the consumption of plenty of serotonin-boosting complex carbohydrates, found in fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
- Eating folate-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables and lentils is also a good step, just make sure not to cook all the folate away. A great way to try it raw is in our delicious Kale, Reishi and Macca juice.
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