According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 80% of people with MS have fatigue. In these summer days of July, MS-related fatigue is often aggravated by the heat and humidity and tends to get worse as the day goes on. The good news is that there are steps one can take to fight MS-related fatigue and increase energy.
- Most nutrition should be consumed during the morning and noontime meals.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Eat whole foods such as fruits and veggies and avoid simple carbohydrates.
- Fish, eggs, fortified cereals and beans are high in iron and can fight fatigue.
- Maintain a regular exercise program.
- Stay out of the heat, use a cooling vest, and try activities that keep the body cool, like swimming.
Ask for Help
- Spend energy on what matters and bring in reinforcements for the other tasks.
- Consider a few hours a day of practical assistance from a professional caregiver who is trained in MS care.
Our experienced caregivers can help with interventions to fight MS fatigue. Contact Live Free Home Health Care in northern New Hampshire for more information on how our in-home caregivers can make a person with MS feel enabled, motivated and connected to others.
Sources: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ezine Articles, MS Gateway, Everyday Health