During Lyme disease treatment, most of us need to restrict our diets to feel the best we can and speed healing. What is the best Lyme disease diet? Here are some basic guidelines for creating a healing diet, as well as a comparison of four popular diets that may lessen Lyme disease symptoms. Experiment with these basics to find out if they work well for you, or what foods to avoid. These basics will help anyone healing Lyme lower the pathogenic microbial load, lessen inflammation, and decrease the toxic load on the liver and kidneys. Beyond the basics, there are several different diets out there that can help to speed healing. Here is a comparison of four of the most popular diets for healing Lyme disease. The paleo diet is a very basic diet to lower inflammation. This diet uses the logic that our bodies evolved eating what our ancient Paleolithic ancestors could hunt and forage: plants and meat. The paleo diet eliminates grains, refined sugars, and dairy — all of which only came into use after the rise of agriculture.
What is the Ketogenic Diet? Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet in Lyme Disease. Supplements for Supporting Ketosis. The ketogenic diet is currently all the rage for people seeking weight loss and enhanced physical performance. Read on to learn all about the ketogenic diet, its potential benefits for people with Lyme disease, and how to successfully incorporate the diet into your overall Lyme treatment protocol. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate food plan. The typical macronutrient ratios are percent of calories from fat, percent from protein, and percent from carbohydrates.
If you asked around among your friends and colleagues, you’d be hard-pressed not to find someone who’s been affected by Lyme disease —the notorious infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of a tiny infected black-legged or deer tick—or another tick-borne illness such as Babesia or bartonella. That’s because an estimated , people are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, and many experts believe that number is almost certainly underestimated. Since ticks are so tiny, many people don’t even notice when they’ve been bitten, and because symptoms often mimic other health conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and fibromyalgia, Lyme is often referred to as ” The Great Imitator ” and goes undiagnosed for years. This leaves many people struggling to manage their unrelenting chronic Lyme which can trigger fatigue, autoimmune conditions, and debilitating inflammation-spectrum symptoms affecting the nervous system, immune system, and digestion with no answers in sight when treatments for these other diseases don’t end up working. So, why is there so much talk about Lyme right now? In part, it’s because we understand more about these infections and testing is being done more frequently. But in my opinion, and from functional medicine’s perspective as a whole, better diagnosis is only part of the reason. Because our genetics as humans haven’t changed in over 10, years, we have to look at what has changed: the world around us. Epigenetic or lifestyle factors like the processed foods we eat, the depletion of nutrients from our soil, and the pollution of the air we breathe and water we drink are all likely amplifying and perpetuating the impact that chronic infections caused by viruses, mold, protozoa, and bacteria like Lyme disease have on the body. As our earth is groaning in the form of climate change, so, too, is the human immune system from the onslaught of modern stressors.