If you have rheumatoid arthritis,making a nutritious breakfast to keep your family healthy can be challenging.Yet Sandy Marrongelli does it every day. Sandy’s on an RA drug called a biologic,which improves her symptoms, but makes her more susceptible to infection.
If I get sick, then it is really difficult for me to beat it.I’ll just be honest. That is one of the side effects,but for me, the drug works so wonderfully against the RA,that it’s a side effect I’m willing to deal with.
Sandy has lived with RA for over 22 years. Over that time,she’s learned healthy habits that help protect her from sickness.
Nutrition should definitely be a component of managing a disease and staying healthy.So for breakfast today, we had oranges and strawberries.Both are high in vitamin-c and the kids love them. You know,vitamin-d that we get from being in the sun or from fortified foods,omega oils, vitamin-c, zinc, those things help our immune system in different ways.Handwashing. Wash your hands. Carry disinfectant wipes with you.
Yeah, you have to do it really hard.
Change the hand towels regularly.I keep paper towels so they can just be thrown away.Keep some disinfectant wipes handy to wipe off doorknobs or counters or sinks.I’ll limit my exposure to people that are sick.Something for someone that is just a common cold,might develop into bronchitis or pneumonia a lot more quickly for me or someone on those drugs.
If you see someone coughing in line at the grocery store,go in a different line. Even if you have to wait an extra five minutes,it’s going to be worth it if you don’t get sick.
I make sure I get adequate rest, so I’m not as susceptible.Studies have shown that any type of quieting like that whenwe quiet our minds or meditation or prayer.Just peacefulness really does great.And it helps the immune system be healthy.
Exercise is definitely important. To flush the body out.Flush toxins, keep things moving.I think for a person with autoimmune condition or RA,it's really important to keep yourself mobile and flexible.Strengthen the muscles around the joints so that you relieve the pressure that’s on that joint.
Of course we all get sick sometimes. But Sandy even has a plan for that.
If I start to get sick and I’m not managing well at home or I’m not getting better,then, I go to the doctor more quickly than I’d be naturally be inclined to.Because I know it could drag out.And if someone is on immune suppressant drugs and they have an infection that requires antibiotic,
then they have to suspend those drugs that are suppressing their immune system.So that’s my motivation to take care of the sickness right awayso that I can stay on the RA drugs.
Rest, eat well, exercise, avoid sickness, and reduce stress.All great tips from a mom of 4 on how to stay healthy as possible while on a biologic.