Combat Lyme Disease With Nutrition-Part One of a Series on Lyme Disease

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This article is part one in a series on conquering Lyme Disease.

I usually ignore the glossy magazine with the latest news about celebrities, but a four letter word in bold Helvetica type stopped me in my tracks.
The word LYME stretched across the cover.
The latest issue chronicles how this intrepid disease crawled its way into the life of another celebrity and wreaked havoc on her body. Mesmerized by the article and her plight, I focus on every word of the narrative.  I conclude that even the bewitching La-la- Land with all of its money, power, and glamor quakes with trepidation at the symptoms brought on by this 2.7-micron monster.
I returned the magazine to its shelf, pondering, that I could relate to the adversity in which this celebrity found herself experiencing. Even the superstar’s bulging bank account couldn’t buy her out of the physical and emotional mess brought on by this sinister disease.
Whether you are a Hollywood movie star or an obscure east coast housewife, if you suffer from Lyme Disease you empathize with other victims.
Our Lyme symptoms followed the same path of destruction as the: inexplicable headaches, an inability to complete simple everyday tasks, a relentless cloud of gloom that rarely dissipates, an alarming memory loss, insomnia, and crippling joint pain.  Even though two thousand miles separated us, these debilitating symptoms created a kinship like sisters in some sordid sorority.
Unlike my Hollywood counterpart, I got betterI healed. I got my life back.
 So how did insipid middle-class me combat and conquer the disease often referred to as “the great imitator?”
I found an innovative Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) who provided not only progressive treatment but compassion for her patients who are dealing with this complex disease.
In a recent interview with LLMD/Lyme Aware Maryland physician Dr. Cheryl Oretel, MD/MS, I posed the question, “How can an individual with Lyme Disease actively participate in her healing?”  Without hesitation, Dr. Ortel responded, “FOOD, because you can take control of what you eat while trying to figure out what to do next.”
Anyone combating Lyme Disease should eat foods that aid in boosting the immune system, reduce inflammation, and regulate symptoms associated with the disease.

1. Fortify Your Fortress

Throughout history, civilizations erected fortifications to protect cities from neighboring invaders. Your body is like a fortress, and if you do not strengthen and maintain it, you do not stand a chance of conquering an invader like Lyme Disease.

Because Lyme disease assaults your immune system, it is critical that you make food choices that have a positive effect on your healing.

“Choosing foods that heal your body and boost your immune system allow you to participate in your healing of the disease,” attests Dr. Ortel.  She is an ardent advocate of implementing specific dietary programs that fuel the body with nutrient dense foods while eliminating foods that deter healing.

2. Rebuild the Walls of Your Fortress to Avoid a Seige

If you suffer from Lyme Disease, you can subdue the disease with your fork. Consider every bite as artillery used to defeat the disease.

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Lyme Inflammation Diet

Dr. Ortel and other LLMDs, recommend the Lyme Inflammation Diet created by Dr. Kenneth Singleton The Lyme Inflammation Diet is “an elimination diet (designed to help you to discover foods that you may be sensitive to) and an anti-inflammatory diet. You begin by eliminating the most common foods that contribute to chronic inflammation. You gradually add back foods and monitor the effects to establish a broad yet healthy diet.

Whole30 Food Program

The Whole30 Program is a food program that reduces systemic inflammation caused by Lyme Disease.  Remember early on I referred to the body as a fortress. Well, “inflammation is a vital part of the body’s immune response. It is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue.”

For 30 days, participants of the program remove gut-disrupting, inflammatory, hormone-unbalancing food groups from your their diet and feed the body with unprocessed, real food.

Co-founder of the Whole30 Program, Dallas Hartwig warns that “The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.” His elucidative book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways explains in detail how you can use food to heal and optimize your health.

There are other food elimination programs and healing diets that follow a similar protocol as the two featured in this article.  Establish a habit of consuming real foods, organic when possible that boosts your immune system

In a recent article in Mother Earth Living Magazine, Stephen Buhner an expert in the field of herbal medicine and infectious diseases affirms that “the healthier the immune system, the less likely one is to be infected and, if infected, the less severe the course of the disease.”

3. Eradicate Your Food Enemies

A key factor in reclaiming your health from Lyme Disease is to protect your body from harmful foods.  Guard your body against harm by relentlessly reading and investigating food labels.  The goal is to restore your health by replenishing your body with foods that will reconstruct your defenses.

Foods to avoid permanently:

  • Artificial sweeteners– even if you are doing an elimination diet or food program, you must read food labels to guarantee that a food manufacturer didn’t sneak in one of these body damaging chemical substances.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Foods
  • GMO Soy Products/Soy in any form, unless it is a fermented food
  • GMO Corn products
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and its elusive counterparts: Glutamic Acid, yeast extract, various forms of caseinate, natural flavorings, anything hydrolyzed. Avoid ingredients concocted in a laboratory.
  • Processed Foods
  • Fast Foods

4.  Gather Your Defenses When Faced with Opposition

Perseverance

The road to restored health could be a long and arduous journey. Depending on where you are on your food journey, making a radical change to your diet necessitates determination.  You will most likely encounter some form of food opposition to your new way of eating.  Be prepared and stand firm.

Gratitude For Food

After I incorporated my Lyme healing food principles into my diet, not only did my health increase but my attitude towards food changed.  As my body gradually repaired, I recognized the vital role that food played in restoring my health.

Over time, I developed a deep gratitude for food.  When I sit down to thank God for the food in which I am about to consume, I am truly grateful for the gift of food.  Using food in adjunct with the care of a Lyme Literate health care professional helped my recovery process from Lyme Disease.

I no longer take food for granted. Gratitude for food helps you to appreciate the nutritional benefits of food.

Final Thoughts

  • Take Action, be a proactive gatekeeper of your fortress
  • Rebuild Your Fortress with foods that sustain, nourish, and heal you
  • Use food as a defense measure to mitigate and to resist Lyme symptoms
  • Purge your diet of food enemies that harm the body

You will need to add organic fruits and vegetables to your diet, reduce red meat, and move toward a plant-based diet. A food protocol like this will allow you to start maximizing your body’s ability to heal.

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10 Comments

  1. Susan on September 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I’m dealing with this now. God plays a huge role in helping with symptoms. I already can tell my inflammation is much better. Great article. People need to hear this information.

    • Denise Sultenfuss on September 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      You are so right to add how the Lord plays a huge role in our healing. Also, He provides us with prayer, food, and Scripture to help us heal. It wasn’t until I got sick with the disease that I really learned to appreciate food and demonstrate a genuine gratitude for food. Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

  2. Courtney Rayfield on September 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I love this article. It truly has inspired to to get my health back from this elusive disease. I took notes from this and will do my best!!!

    • Denise Sultenfuss on September 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I am glad the article encouraged and inspired you!

  3. Candice on September 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Love this post!! Food for any health issues can make a huge difference in fighting the disease. Have a happy Friday

    • Denise Sultenfuss on September 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by the holyandhealthy today.

  4. Emily J. M. on September 25, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I had a similar experience of gratefulness when I began an elimination diet for IBS – I was so thankful to have food that nourished me and didn’t make me feel sick!

    • Denise Sultenfuss on September 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Emily, a reversable illness that responds to nutrition really alters one’s attitude toward food.

  5. Jackie on September 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Forgive my ignorance but I didn’t even know that there was a condition like this. Thank you for enlightening me and for the information. Indeed God is healer…I am so glad, God manifested Himself by healing..Thank you for the testimony.

    • Denise Sultenfuss on September 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      No apology necessary. Now you that are informed about the disease, you can sympathize. I am glad that you stopped by the blog to educate yourself about Lyme, thanks Jackie.

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