While immunosuppressive drugs are vital in helping to treat these conditions, they have the unfortunate side effect of increasing the risk of infection and illness. But there are ways to battle that side effect and stay healthy while on immunosuppressive medications. Read on for those strategies.
How to Stay Healthy While Taking Immunosuppressive Meds
A Healthy Diet Is Your First Line of Defense
The old adage “You are what you eat” exists for a reason. A diet that consists of fiber-rich foods plus vitamins and minerals can go a long way toward helping you battle infection and illness while on immunosuppressants. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins will give you the variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants your body needs to fight infection.
Almost everyone can benefit from decreasing the stress in their lives, but people taking immunosuppressants need to make it a priority. You can’t remove all stressors from your life, of course, but you can find ways to help relieve stress, such as yoga and meditation classes. Yoga has the added benefit of aiding physical strength, and meditation has been shown to have calming effects on the central nervous system.
Make a Good Night’s Sleep a Priority
Sleep is restorative, plain and simple. Your body heals and builds up energy reserves during sleep, and sleep helps decrease inflammation in the brain, which allows you to wake up well-rested and with more energy. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try the following strategies:
- Don’t nap too close to bedtime (but do nap during the day if you need to to prevent exhaustion).
- Drink most of your water for the day before dinner.
- Avoid caffeine in the evening (and maybe in the afternoons).
- Avoid alcohol — even though it might make you feel relaxed or even sleepy, it actually causes poor sleep and higher wakefulness throughout the night.
- Turn off the TV (or iPad or computer) at least 30 minutes (preferably an hour) before bed.
Treatment at IVX Health
If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.
With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.
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