How To Boost Your Immunity to Lyme Disease Naturally

can you develop immunity to lyme diseaseWhatever your prevention or treatment or plan is, boosting your immunity to Lyme Disease is vital to helping you to feel better and to even potentially become symptom-free.

In order to boost your Lyme Disease immunity naturally, it is important to firstly restore gut health.

The digestive system in ancient and holistic medicine, is the main contributor to a strong immune system.

Science has now caught up and realized the importance of having a healthy functioning gut.

In order to build immunity and regain optimal health, you must eat foods that have a positive and even probiotic effect on your gut, and avoid those foods that dampen and irritate it.

Stress also plays a big role in proper immune functioning.

The constant onslaught of day to day stressors along with the diagnosis of having Lyme can negatively impact the adrenal glands which are involved in the fight, flight or freeze response (we will be posting more about the impact on stress in the future).

The ongoing surge of hormones involved to control stress eventually results in insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and a break down in immune function.[1].

To recover properly, your stress levels or the ability to cope with stress will also need to be addressed.

This article aims to provide an outline of some of the best immune-boosting foods, medicinal herbs and supplements and information regarding foods to avoid.

Don’t underestimate the power of food and natural medicine to heal your gut, build immunity and to treat and prevent Lyme naturally…

1. Best Foods For Lyme Disease Immunity

Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Eating organic vegetables of different colors including the green leafy variety and fruits, are vital for a healthy diet and microbiome and to strengthen the immune system.

They provide you with a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which our bodies use for cellular and metabolic processes, including cellular regeneration.

Consider berries, avocados, apples and pears (preferably poached), asparagus, green beans, cucumber(raw), celery, zucchini, mushrooms and cabbage (cooked or fermented), broccoli, rainbow chard, spinach and kale.

Garlic, onions and leeks are also an excellent natural immunity booster.

Sea vegetables (wakame, kombu, dulse) are highly necessary for digestive repair and are great way to get a natural dose of iodine.

Most of the food must be steamed, boiled or slightly sauteed as recommended in Chinese Medicine to aid in proper digestion or until the digestive system is strong enough to absorb the nutrients.

High-Quality Proteins

Small amounts of high-quality pasture-raised chicken and turkey and wild-caught fish, along with tempeh, tofu, legumes such as chickpeas and lentils and nuts and seeds, provide the body with proteins that are broken down into amino acids.

Amino acids the “building blocks of the body” as they are vital for every cell and tissue, including the immune system. [2]

Eating high-quality proteins will prevent your blood sugar levels fluctuating, and support adrenal function which also boosts the immune system.

Medicinal Herbs and Supplements

As well as eating a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and high-quality proteins, you can increase the amount of nutrients in your diet by taking supplements and various medicinal herbs.

As every case of Lyme Disease is different, it is advisable to consult with your practitioner to ensure you get the right dosage and mix. The recommendations below are just a small list of the many powerful remedies available to treat Lyme disease immunity naturally:

Vitamin D is an excellent immunity booster. Although the best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, a supplement might be advisable, especially during the winter months.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation. A deficiency in Vitamin C can result in a weakened immunological response and make the patient more likely to suffer from infections.[3]

Medicinal Mushrooms (e.g. Maitake, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps) are available in supplement form and are known to help keep immune responses under control and also reduce reactions to inflammation and stress. They also have other health benefits for Lyme sufferers as they boost an antioxidant (superoxide dismutase) that protects your cells and helps to kill off bad bacteria. [4].

The medicinal mushroom Chaga, is a fantastic substitute for coffee…

lyme disease immunityAshwagandha is a fabulous adaptogenic herb for ongoing stress. It has the ability restore immune function by balancing the adrenal glands. It is also beneficial for sleep, fatigue and brain fog.

Astralagus is a root often used in Chinese Medicine that is known to boost the immune system if used in the early stage of Lyme Disease. Patients taking Astralagus are less likely to suffer from infections and the symptoms of any infection they get are likely to be less severe. [5]

Pau D’arco tea is used to reduce inflammation, pain, treat arthritis and naturally fight Candida [6]. The bark and wood of the tree can be used internally and externally. One of the easiest ways to use it is by consuming it as a tea. Be careful to only use products made from the inner-tree bark as this is more effective (the medicinal part of the tree) than outer-bark. It is a very powerful herb, so try starting with low doses, as very high doses can cause nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. If you notice any of these effects, speak with your health care provider.

Olive Leaf Extract is an anti-viral herb that stimulates the immune system and decreases inflammation. It also fights bacterial overgrowth such as Candida.

Fro more information on a Lyme Disease Diet take a look at our article HERE: https://www.lymediseaseadvice.com/lyme-disease-diet/

2. Foods to Avoid

Sugar

Eating sugar triggers the body to produce insulin, which circulates in the bloodstream even after the sugar has been digested. One adverse effect of too much insulin is the suppression of a growth hormone from the pituitary gland.

This hormone is essential for cellular repair and regeneration and also regulates the immune system. Eating too much sugar can, therefore, lead to immune deficiency.

Avoiding sugar does not only mean eliminating obviously sweet foods and drinks from your diet, such as acidic soda, sugar in coffee or tea, candy, cakes and refined carbohydrates etc. You also need to be careful of bottled salad dressings, ketchups and chilli sauce as they can contain a high percentage of refined sugar.

Food That May Cause An Allergic Reaction

Consuming food that you have an intolerance to, triggers your immune system making it work harder. It can even result in an immunological response that attacks tissues including your brain.

As the immune system is weakened by Lyme Disease anyway, it’s a good idea to minimize exposure to allergens to give your immune and digestive system a rest. This can be problematic as it is common to have a food intolerance we are unaware of.

Food intolerances eventually lead to digestive complaints. The most common symptoms of an intolerance include gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

Sometimes these irritants can manifest as asthma, skin reactions, joint pain, fatigue and a flare up of Lyme symptoms. The foods involved in inflaming the gut will vary person to person. However, it is best to reduce eggs as they are a common food allergen.

lyme disease immunity after infectionGluten

An intolerance to gluten, found in foods such as wheat, rye, and barley is very common so it is a good idea to minimize the amount you consume.

As carbohydrates that contain gluten (such as bread and pasta) also lead to inflammation and yeast growth, they are best avoided anyway.

Dairy

Similarly, dairy proteins such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are also difficult to digest, create an excess of mucus and can lead to an immune reaction.

Reducing dairy will also help reduce symptoms of asthma or sinus issues and eliminating yogurt from your diet can help prevent an over-production of yeast, particularly if you are undergoing antibiotic therapy.

Meat

Grain-fed beef, pork, cured processed meats are not only irritating on the gut, they can potentially contain harmful pesticides and antibiotics.

Other allergens

If you have a known intolerance to another food or group of foods it is better to avoid these in order to relieve your immune system.

If you suspect you have an intolerance but are unsure which foods affect you adversely you may want to consider requesting an elimination test from your practitioner.

 

3. Detoxification to Build Immunity

Detoxification is effective in the natural treatment of Lyme Disease. It builds immunity and strengthens the functioning of our liver, kidneys and lymphatic system, whose job it is to filter out the toxins that get into our body…

Minimize the amount of toxins you eat by choosing organic fruits and vegetables, organic pasture-fed poultry and wild-caught fish, wherever possible.

Drink filtered water (at least 2 litres a day) as it is lower in chlorine and heavy metals than tap water.

Start the day with warm water and lemon or a plant protein smoothie, and replace caffeinated drinks with herbal and mushroom teas.

Avoid chemicals in and around your home, opt for natural skincare products and remove harmful household cleaning products.

Consider adding indoor plants to filter and clean the air in your home.

 

Lyme Disease Immunity – The Wrap

Lyme Disease can be extremely debilitating and traditional treatment methods, that concentrate largely on antibiotic therapy, can only do so much to help relieve the symptoms.

Reducing your consumption of allergens and toxins combined with a diet rich in immune and microbiome-boosting nutrients can help relieve symptoms and build your immunity to the disease naturally. It may even result in you becoming symptom-free….

Reducing stress is also critical in boosting your bodies resilience to Lyme Disease.

 

We hope that this article has answered some of your questions around how to boost your immunity to Lyme disease naturally.

To learn more about how to boost your immunity and heal using the food you eat —> see our Lyme Disease Diet article HERE: https://www.lymediseaseadvice.com/lyme-disease-diet/

Feel free to reach out to us with any other concerns that you may have regarding Lyme Disease immunity…

 


REFERENCES:

[1] Rawls, William. M.D. Unlocking Lyme. FirstDoNoHarm Publishing, NC, 2017.

[2] McFadzean, Nicola. N.D. Lyme Disease in Australia: Fundamentals of an Emerging Epidemic. South Lake Tahoe, BioMed Publishing Group, 2012

[3] Carr, A C, and S Maggini. ‘Vitamin C and Immune Function.’ Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 3 Nov. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763.

[4] Bao-qin Lin and Shao-ping Li. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92758/.

[5] Bensky D, Gamble A, Kaptchuk TJ. Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press; 1986:457-459

[6] Pau d’arco activates Nrf2-dependent gene expression via the MEK/ERK-pathway. Richter M1, Winkel AF, Schummer D, Gerlitz M, de Hoop M, Brunner B, Glien M, Schmoll D. J Toxicol Sci. 2014 Apr;39(2):353-61, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24646717.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Lyme Disease Advice or its staff.

 

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