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SUMMERTIME MS BLUES? TRY THESE COOL TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT!

It's important to keep cool and treat yourself to some extra self-care at this time of year.

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We are now officially in the “dog days” of summer…the days with 90-plus temperatures and wicked humidity. With the exception of a day or so break here and there, this weather has been holding steady for the past 6 weeks.  And heat, humidity, and MS do NOT make good bedfellows.  Ugh.

The hot weather can leave those of us with MS feeling fatigued, weak, unwell, and “trapped” indoors.  To add insult to injury, we may feel lonely and left out of the summertime social life and activities that everyone else seems to be enjoying.  It’s important to keep ourselves cool and treat ourselves to some extra self-care at this time of year.

For me, the BS of MS has been raging for the past month or so…Familiar symptoms have been flaring, and brand new ones have shown up for the party as well.  This special “Summertime BS of MS” has inspired me to create and share this Rockstar Women With MS Summertime Tip Sheet with you (you can grab your own copy to download and print here).  It features some of the tips and tricks that I’m using to be kind to myself and get through the remainder of these “dog days.”  If you’ve been feeling “whupped” physically and emotionally by this summer weather, I hope that you will find these helpful (and even fun), too!

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ROCKSTAR WOMEN WITH MS SUMMERTIME TIP SHEET

1.  Cucumber Water

Simply slice a chilled cucumber (get a friend or family member to help you with this if you need assistance) and add it to chilled water. Leave it in the fridge overnight to produce a more flavorful brew.  Ahhh…perfect.

2. Fresh Mint

Adding fresh mint to water is a great way to create a cooling drink that aids in digestion, plus you also get the divine mood boost from the scent of the fresh mint leaves.  You can also add fresh mint to lemonade, iced tea, and summer salads.

3. Cool Fruits

Definitely include fruits that have a high water content in your summer diet to help you stay healthy as well as cool.  Examples are watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and citrus fruits.  These cool fruits help us to stay hydrated and contain important nutrients that keep us healthy and energized.  They can be eaten as-is or tossed into smoothies and salads.  Also try adding citrus fruits to your cucumber or mint water for a powerful detox drink that can help flush away toxins.

4. Air Conditioning

Air conditioning can definitely help beat the heat by lowering the temperature in our environment and reducing humidity.  Air conditioning can definitely help beat the heat by lowering the temperature in our environment and reducing humidity. If you can’t afford it, look into options to help you with the cost.  Some utility companies may offer discounts if you have a note from your doctor.  MS organizations such as the National MS Society might be able to provide financial assistance or help you to find alternative solutions.  Air conditioners may also be covered by your health insurance or be tax-deductible for you, so find out whether that’s the case from your insurer and accountant.

5.  Cooling Products

Many cooling garments, wraps, inserts and other products are also available to help keep you from overheating during the summer.  You can research the many cooling product options online, get your doctors’ and physical therapists’ advice, and choose what you think might be best for you.  A good place to start is the article “A ‘cool’ product guide” located at http://www.momentummagazineonline.com/cool-product-guide/

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