9. STOP, STOP, STOP drinking any type of soda.

Soda wreaks havoc on your entire body, and with MS sufferers who already have a compromised immune system. The carbonation acts in the body as a waste product that must be detoxified. Give your body every opportunity to be healthy and heal by not loading it down with waste products.

10. Exercise.

You can swim, walk, use an elliptical machine, ride a stationary bike, do Pilates, yoga, or practice simple stretches. Lifting weights provides the most benefits to keep your muscles and core strong enough to support you! Protect your muscles from becoming atrophied.

11. Raise your body’s pH with alkaline water.

The body functions at its best in an alkaline state. Water used to be neutral, but now it’s acidic and contributes to inflammation. Alkaline water helps decrease inflammation.

12. Forget bottled water.

Although it may be convenient, bottled water is usually very acidic and unhealthy. No one truly knows how long the plastic bottles have been sitting in heat and sun, and both these cause leaching of chemicals (BPA) from the plastic. BPAs are known carcinogens that may cause cancer and other autoimmune challenges.

13. Say no to aspartame and MSG.

It’s so important to read labels. You may be shocked, but aspartame and MSG are popping up in all kinds of foods, including gum, breads, cereals, canned goods, convenience foods and processed foods. Aspartame wasn’t made for human consumption, and toxicity from aspartame and MSG mimic many MS symptoms.

14. Go gluten free or limit gluten consumption.

If you’re sensitive to gluten, it will cause widespread inflammation in the body.

15. Laugh.

This is the last in a lineup of many great tips for you to start on a path of restoring your body. Although the 14 previous tips are ones I’ve done myself and helped contribute to my overcoming MS, laughter is honestly one of the most important things you can do. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boosts your energy, and protects you from the damage of stress. It decreases stress hormone levels, decreases pain and improves your mood.

Laughter is good for your soul. It’s FREE. And let’s face it, everyone’s happier when you laugh together.

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