I think it’s important, with any autoimmune disease, to spend time finding things that make your life easier. Life is hard enough when your immune system is attacking you, so let’s make it a little easier. I have found these things particularly helpful in making me feel a little less sick:
Because, you know, “You don’t look sick.” Seriously, though. This primer is great if you have super dry, dull skin. I love it.
I know it seems crazy to tell someone suffering from fatigue to exert herself, but exercise comes in many forms:
I love Lesley Fightmaster’s YouTube yoga channel. She has a plethora of videos with many different yoga styles, from stretching to power yoga.
For more intense workouts, I like Zuzka Light. She has some free workouts on YouTube as well as her ZGym, a paid subscription to her website, which allows you access to her daily workouts, workout schedules, and diet tips.
My favorite thing right now, though, is to get outside. I have been walking, jogging, hiking, whatever I can to get outside. Nothing makes me feel less sick than being outside in the sunshine, breathing in fresh air.
3. These Probiotics.
I didn’t start taking Probiotics until after my diagnosis, but my doctor added them to my medication regimen as soon as I was diagnosed. I have tried many different kinds of probiotics, and these are my favorite. You can buy them at Kroger or Wal-Mart if you don’t want to shop online.
Seriously. You are already dealing with fatigue. Don’t make it worse. For a while, I was working as a barista and an English tutor while taking classes full time at the local university. I was getting up at 4 am to go to work and not going to bed until midnight. Now, I work a full-time job and have a couple of side gigs, but I refuse to let any of it affect my sleep. I have an alarm to start getting ready for bed every night at 9:50. While I do go to bed later on the weekends, I also sleep later. I’m not a total nerd. Ok, I am.
I know that people taking certain medications can’t have chamomile so obviously don’t drink this tea if it’s going to kill you/interact with your medication. I’d hate to be responsible for your death/discomfort. But I can drink chamomile tea, and this stuff is delicious. It is also, as the name implies, calming. I have some melatonin, but it often leaves me groggy. Chamomile never does that.
I got into 1st Step soon after my diagnosis for two reasons: 1. They sell high-quality supplements. 2. They come in liquid form. My first flare-up was horrendous. I ate nothing but baked potatoes (without the skin) and hummus (and maybe some raw tofu) for months. My GI specialist said I needed a multivitamin to help deal with mal-absorption, which is a common symptom of Ulcerative Colitis. The problem was that I couldn’t take a vitamin in pill form. I was already taking something like 20 pills a day, and something about vitamins made me–well, vomit. But then I saw a friend talking about 1st Step products on Facebook and I became hooked. I love the Cherry Charge Liquid B-12 and the French Vanilla Whey. I take the Liquid Multivitamin daily (It tastes like Jello!) and have tried many of their other products. I am now a 1st Step Ambassador, but I am not biased. If you ask me, I will give you my honest opinion on any of their products!
I’m going to try to do a favorites post every month, so I can share new things I’ve tried and loved. Maybe eventually, if I get enough readers, I’ll do a Least Favorites post for things I didn’t love. Anyway, let me know what you think, if you’d like to see more of this or if you thought it sucked in the comments below.