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Functional Nutrition for Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is one of the most common vector-borne diseases in our country. Around 300,000 individuals are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year in the United States alone! This chronic disease is transferred by infected black-legged ticks carrying the bacteria Borrelia mayonii. If caught early, Lyme Disease may respond with oral antibiotics. However, those who experience chronic Lyme Disease suffer from a wide range of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain, and neurological issues. In these cases, lifestyle habit changes are best to alleviate discomfort.

Dietary changes can help ease chronic Lyme Disease symptoms and supply you with lasting energy. The Holistic Wholeness Team provides practice members with an individualized nutritional plan to boost immunity and reduce inflammation.

To expedite the patient’s healing process, some of the recommendations we cover in our nutrition plans may include:

Anti-inflammatory Foods

Reducing foods that trigger inflammation in your diet is the first step on the path to restoring health. Common inflammation-causing foods include:

  • Gluten: bread, baked goods, beer
  • Dairy: ice cream, milk, yogurt, cheese
  • Processed Foods: chips, fast food, deli meats
  • Refined Sugar: sodas/juices, cereals, candies, processed snack foods

Replace these culprits with anti-inflammatory foods packed with nutrition. Add antioxidant-packed berries, fatty fish, creamy avocados, and selenium-rich mushrooms into your diet! In addition, our team recommends seasoning meals with turmeric and cracked black pepper for extra detoxification.

Borrelia mayonii brings inflammation into the body. So when you regulate what you eat, you can ease your symptoms.

Immunity Boosters

Those with Lyme disease need to keep their immune system strong. Supply your body with foods that support healthy gut flora. A balanced microbiome can lead to decreased inflammation and increased energy. Fermented foods and a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and legumes feed a healthy and happy gut.

Fueling Energy

The in-depth analyses we use find signs and symptoms of chronic Lyme and their co-infections that can mimic Lyme

Fogginess, fatigue, and cognitive impairment are common side effects of Lyme Disease. Individuals should be sure that they are eating enough calories throughout the day to supply them with the strength they need. Foods with Omega-3 Fatty Acids like wild salmon are a great source of clean energy. Our team may recommend that you pair your salmon with a complex carb like sweet potatoes to provide you with steady energy throughout your day.

Treating Lyme Disease early with oral antibiotics can be beneficial for some individuals to avoid permanent symptoms. When this isn’t an option or is ineffective, lifestyle changes and good nutrition can balance inflammation in the body. Functional testing is crucial to uncover if Lyme disease is truly present as not everyone sees a tick or bulls-eye rash. Chronic Lyme is the most common type of Lyme that we see because it often does not show up on a traditional Lyme lab. The in-depth analyses we use find signs and symptoms of chronic Lyme and their co-infections that can mimic Lyme. Schedule a consultation with us today to relieve symptoms of chronic Lyme disease naturally!

At Holistic Wholeness Institute we relieve symptoms of chronic Lyme disease naturally!

What are antioxidants?

When people hear the word “free radicals,” they often associate them with harmful substances that damage our bodies. However, there are certain compounds known as antioxidants that play a crucial role in promoting overall health! Antioxidants are substances that help protect our cells from oxidative stress and support various bodily functions.

You can find antioxidants in a variety of foods, including:

  • Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Leafy greens, like spinach and kale
  • Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds

Incorporating foods rich in antioxidants into your diet can provide many health benefits:

  • Cellular health: Antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals, reducing the risk of cell damage and promoting cellular health.
  • Anti-aging effects: The presence of antioxidants in your diet may help combat signs of aging and support youthful skin.
  • Immune support: Antioxidants contribute to a strong immune system, protecting your body against infections and diseases.
  • Heart health: Studies suggest that antioxidant-rich foods can help maintain cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Cognitive function: Some research indicates that antioxidants may play a role in preserving cognitive function and reducing the risk of age-related decline.
  • Overall well-being: By incorporating antioxidant-rich foods into your daily meals, you can support your body’s natural defense systems and promote a sense of well-being.

If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more antioxidants into your diet, don’t hesitate to call our office today to set up an appointment. We can provide you with guidance and tips on how to boost your antioxidant intake and promote a healthier lifestyle.

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