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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Information from The Land Down Under -- Living Well With MS

Maintain good nutrition
We all know the adage, "You are what you eat." Maintaining your health is one of the first steps to managing MS and a big step to maintaining your health is eating well every day. Eating well does not require eating expensive or unusual foods. Quite the opposite! Simple foods from the basic food groups will serve your body and your health. You cam maintain good nutrition and here are 10 ways to get started as well as 5 tips on how nutrition can help with fatigue. For more information click here.

Living with fatigue - relaxation techniques
Relaxation techniques are activities that generate a feeling of complete peace and calm - an active skill that requires development through practice. Relaxation requires both mental and physical rest. It differs from passive activities such as watching television or reading and is not the same as sleeping. Regular relaxation can lead to decreased tension in muscles, lower blood pressure and slower heart rate. Relaxation can also help with fatigue as it promotes good sleeping patterns. For more information on various relaxation techniques click here.

Understanding and improving your posture
Most people have to work at keeping a good posture whether they have MS or not. People with MS often find that keeping a good posture can be more challenging due to factors such as weakness, pain and fatigue. Poor posture can develop gradually, often without even noticing, until it interferes with everyday tasks or causes pain. Simple changes in posture can be beneficial and these can be incorporated into everyday activities. For more information click here.

Exercise and MS
Research shows that exercise can help manage many MS symptoms. Benefits include better cardiovascular fitness, improved strength, better bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, a more positive attitude and increased participation in social activities. With guidelines, a good exercise program can help to develop the maximum potential of muscle, bone and respiration, avoid secondary complications and benefit good health and well-being. For more information on exercise tips and factsheets click here.

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