10 foods to help with Lyme Disease and why you need to become your own advocate and learn to research what you read on line.
Learning why you need to know what you put in your body!
I love face book and recently I found this article entitled “10 Foods You Should Be Eating If You’re Battling Lyme Disease.” I want to share it with you but I also want you to learn something important. Let me explain the lesson. I believe Facebook is a great source of information. Obviously I do because you are reading my blog on Lyme Wellness DIY’s Facebook page. However I want everyone to be aware that you are your own advocate and it is up to you to completely know and understand what you put in your body, what you feed your body and what supplements you take. The article “10 Foods You Should Be Eating If You’re Battling Lyme Disease” is a perfect example of how you can step up your game and be health savvy. It is up to you as your own advocate to understand what will work for you and why. This is a great article but that does not mean you should take each item as the golden rule. If you like the article do your own research and figure out exactly what will help you stay focused on treating a few of your issues. I have copied the article “10 Foods You Should Be Eating If You’re Battling Lyme Disease.” It is cited at the bottom of the article. Throughout this blog post I put in teal things I know off the top of my head that were not included in “10 Foods You Should Be Eating If You’re Battling Lyme Disease”. I want you to begin to see that it is up to you to be educated and not to take everything you read as complete fact. Research and learn even information I post. As with everything, you are responsible for knowing and understanding what is true and what will work for you. This is an excellent article however if you were to only use this article you could possible be leaving out some information that all Lyme patients need to know.
Start taking control of your wellness today! Learn about the foods you can eat to help heal Lyme Disease and how you need to completely understand what you are reading and how a great article is only a stepping-stone to the complete picture.
The article with add on information.
Here are 10 foods that could be just what you need to help boost your personal protocol.
10 Foods You Should Be Eating If You’re Battling Lyme Disease
Everyday foods that can facilitate healing from Lyme
“Let thy food be thy medicine”. It’s not an ambiguous statement with a mysterious meaning. It literally means eat this food, and you’ll have directly contributed to your body’s healing resources and capabilities.
Certain foods not only exploit different healing capabilities within the body, but also work alongside it in a beneficially healing manner. Lyme Disease itself plays a certain role as an invading organism, and as a result, it affects the body differently than say how another disease would. So the food you should eat should specifically address the effects Lyme Disease uniquely has as a disease on the body; the same way you would take a certain medication for a specific ailment. Is it starting to catch on? All right, we’re making progress! And if you have to eat, which all living organisms must do to survive, you might as well eat foods that act as the medicine for your specific ailment, especially when you have this knowledge to exploit for your own health.
While there are many more foods readily available that provide great medicinal support to the body when battling Lyme Disease, these are just a few that have a tendency to be discussed in the Lyme community.
The active constituent in garlic is Allicin, which possesses antibacterial antifungal and anti parasitic properties. It’s a part of Zhang protocol. Garlic when consumed can cause herxing from both Candida and Lyme Disease so be vigilant of how you feel after consumption.
Garlic has the ability to oxidize heavy metals into water-soluble form. This makes it easier for the body to remove heavy metals from the body, which biofilms have a tendency to cling to. Heavy metals can really damper the immune system, which is something Lyme literate doctors address during treatment.
What Candace knows about garlic…….
The best garlic to use is freeze-dried garlic. Any other form will not produce the results this article talks about. You need the Allicin and that is what freeze dried gives you. You can also swallow a whole crushed garlic clove also. However you get more from freeze dried garlic. That is your preference. When you take any anti fungal or other item that is going to break biofilms or help remove toxins you need to add binders to your protocol. If you are indeed killing yeast and releasing metals you need to soak them up or they will get re-disputed. This article is not complete. You will need to research binders and find the best one for you.
2. Raw Sauerkraut
Supporting the immune system can really be done right through the digestive system. Raw sauerkraut is fermented cabbage in salt, and consuming it daily has huge benefits for the digestive tract and the body as a whole. Because it’s raw or not heated in any manor it contains living enzymes which help the body absorb nutrients, and live bacteria the digestive tract, serve as a first defense against foreign invaders or bad bacteria.
What Candace knows….. Seurat is a fermented food. It is one of several fermented foods. Other fermented foods include kimchi and fermented vegetables. Any fermented food should not be consumed by anyone who has a yeast overgrowth as it feeds yeast. Fermented foods are a prebiotic and are much much better than taking any probiotic. 16 ounce of sauerkraut is equal to 8 bottles of probiotics. ... I believe in body balancing prebiotics allow your own body to make the right bacteria it needs to support your body. When you take a probiotic you are off balancing with a minor amount of good bacteria and allowing just a few to over populate. There are between 300 and 600 strains of good bacteria. It is not possible to find a probiotic that can give a balance of that many bacteria. A prebiotic is much better.
All with Lyme Disease know that lemons are excellent for detoxing and reducing a herx, but the part we tend to not consume is just as beneficial – the rind. The lemon rind itself contains more vitamins and minerals than the juice. The high vitamin C content in lemons makes them highly appropriate for assisting the immune system. Lemons are also beneficial when it comes to reducing joint pain. A simple recipe includes butter squash, parsley, and lemon zest, or you can combine lemon zest with cinnamon and garnish pineapple and blueberries for dessert.
What Candace knows…... Lemons help to increase your acidic levels. Lemon is great to add to your water and drink one glass as soon as you awake in the morning. The benefits of lemons could be an article in itself. Often if you have acid ingestion you can drink lemon water or organic apple cider vinegar to relieve the pain.
Parsley’s active constituent myristicin activates production of glutathione-S-transferase in the liver, and assists glutathione, the body’s “master detoxing agent”, in removing harmful toxins from the body. Parsley, in supplement form, is used as a herxheimer reducer in the Cowden protocol.
Use generous amount of parsley in your culinary creations instead of it acting as just a garnish. Throw a decent amount of parsley and 1-2 cloves of garlic in your scrambled eggs in the morning!
Pineapple contains the constituent bromelain, which is well known throughout the world as an anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, it works so well that it’s actually part of the non-core Buhner protocol, alongside curcumin, for reducing inflammation induced pain for Lyme Disease. It has also been shown to be beneficial to CD57 cells, natural killer cells uniquely attracted to the Lyme bacteria Borrelia.
Pineapple may be to sweet for some dealing with an active candida infection, so if you want to reap the benefits of pineapple without the sugar, seek out the isolated constituent bromelain as a supplement.
Curcumin is the ingredient within turmeric that gives it its ominous yellow color. It is commonly used for reducing inflammation in people with Lyme Disease, which is the cause for some pain.
When it comes to detoxing, curcumin stands tall. Not only does it increase bile production in the liver (bile being the transportation for toxins to leave the body), it has also been shown to stimulate production of glutathione, the master detoxing antioxidant produced by the body. Turmeric can also induce herxing from Candida so be vigilant of how you feel after consumption; or seek out curcumin in supplement form.
What Candace knows….. Curcumin is hard for the body to process. It is best when taken with a healthy fat. So take it with olive oil or coconut oil.
A great herb for reducing inflammation in the body is basil. It contains the constituent eugenol which has the ability to block the body’s enzyme cyclooxygenase in the same manner that many pharmaceutical drugs can. By blocking this enzyme, pain and inflammation can be reduced.
In a bowl, add sliced tomatoes, an avocado, 2 cloves of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and freshly diced basil.
8. Extra virgin olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil (unfiltered is best as it contains all the constituents) contains the antibacterial property oleuropein, which has been shown to be effective against certain mycoplasma infections and Lyme Disease as a secondary or assisting antimicrobial. Herxing can be induced by taking oleuropein in supplement form.
Extra virgin olive oil is also great at preventing inflammation, and serves a great benefit to the heart, kidneys, and spleen. Apply it liberally to your food, but be warned that too much may send you to the bathroom!
What Candace knows….. The brain is made up of mostly fat so you need healthy fat for your brain. Healthy fat is lacking in our diet. Add healthy fats whenever you can. This includes coconut oil, grape seed oil, flax seeds and avocado. It is great to also heal the gut and works at helping individuals with Alzheimer's.
Kale is loaded with essential vitamins such as iron, calcium, vitamin k, vitamin a, vitamin c, and is another great anti-inflammatory food due to it’s omega-3 content. Because of kale’s sulfur content, it greatly serves a person in need of detoxing from Lyme Disease die off by increasing bile production in the liver. Bile is needed to remove toxins from the liver to the colon.
Kale is easy to cook. Just de-stem a handful or 2, chop it up, and place it in a steamer for 2-3 minutes. Then place it in a bowl and add salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, fresh mustard, and half of a freshly squeezed lemon.
What Candace Knows….. Kale is sometimes not recommended with individuals with to much estrogen. There has also been resent studies that show Kale could not be as beneficial as once thought.
Coconut is a potent antiviral, antibacterial, and more importantly, an antifungal thanks to its constituent monolaurin, which has caused people to herx. Monolaurin can be effective more specifically against the Epstein Barr Virus, which is a common Lyme co-infection.
Coconut is more widely know for its ability to kill candida. Use it as a substitute for olive oil when it comes to cooking. Be observant though of how much you use because you may inadvertently induce a candida herx.
What Candace knows….. I love love love Coconut. I add coconut milk to many items. I use coconut oil to cook with and I use coconut oil as a moisturizer. You cannot use enough of coconut!
Disclaimer: It’s important to remember that just like medicine, not everyone will react in the same manner, whether it be positive or negative, to the consumption of certain foods. It is critical to listen to your body at all times. Be cognizant of the foods you eat, and how you feel after consuming them. The information on this page may or may not be based off of scientific research, but rather general consensus from the Lyme community and other resources.
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By: Candace Ray
Candace Ray, mom, Lyme advocate, healthy living motivator who just wants to have fun and enjoy what life has to offer!