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How to Avoid MS Flares in Winter

By Daryl H. Bryant (451 words)
Posted in Living with MS on December 4, 2019

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How to Avoid MS Flares in Winter

As autumn leaves give way to snow and ice, many people look forward to the beauty of a winter wonderland. But for those with MS, colder weather can trigger flares and make winter weather a frustrating foe. 

We know how disheartening it can be to see others enjoying the outdoors while you struggle to stay warm, avoid muscle spasms, or simply find the energy to go outside. No one should have to spend their winters inside piled under blankets. 

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to avoid a flare and alleviate MS symptoms in winter. Read on for simple strategies to make winter weather more bearable. 

Move Your Body

When you’re cold, moving your body may be the last thing you want to do. However, moderate exercise can alleviate symptoms and warm you up by boosting circulation. Yoga or light stretching can relieve stiffness and stave off muscle spasms. If you have access to an indoor pool, swimming is also an option. 

Get Some Sun 

Did you know there is a link between sun exposure and MS? Research has found that the risk of MS increases the farther away someone lives from the equator. Regardless of where you live, fresh air and sunshine are vital to health. Just 15 minutes in the sun can boost vitamin D levels, improve your mood, and lower inflammation. 

If you live in an area that doesn’t get much sun in winter, consider purchasing a sun lamp, or talk to your doctor about light therapy, which can provide some of the same benefits as the sun. 

Layer Up

Wearing the right clothes can keep you comfortably warm and cozy in colder weather. Rather than snuggling under blankets or blasting the heat, wear several light layers of clothing that can easily be removed if you find yourself overheating. If you’re going outside, wear a hat, gloves, and a scarf to keep body heat in. If it’s extremely cold, consider adding hand warmers to your gloves or shoes - just be careful not to overheat or burn yourself. 

Eat Warming Foods 

The best way to warm up is from the inside out! When you’re chilled, a warm drink or a hot bowl of soup is a delicious way to help raise your body’s core temperature. Double the benefits by choosing something that can boost immunity and fight inflammation, such as carrot-ginger soup or turmeric tea. If you want more MS-friendly recipes, download my free ebook

Living with MS doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors all winter. With the right strategies and a strong support team, winter weather can bring joy and hope. Layer up, grab a hot cup of tea, and make the most of your days! 

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