Lyme Brain and What To Do

We have all (most?) experienced “Lyme Brain”…that generalized fog that keeps you feeling just to the left of reality… that inability to recall simple things or words….that moment in the middle of a conversation when you aren’t sure what you were going to say….those times when you are writing or typing and can’t spell/get really dyslexic. These are just a few of many neurological symptoms of Lyme borreliosis or it’s related coinfections. While proper treatment is the only way to get better, there are some supplements to help and repair brain function, so I am sharing this article by a very successful LLMD:

My Brain Isn’t Working!

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I LOVE Kombucha, but Kombucha may not love me. What to be careful of if you battle these illnesses….

 

Kombucha has become very popular because it is natural, tastes great and is full of healthy bacteria. But what a lot of people don’t know is that Kombucha is made from a combination of bacteria culture and yeast. Yes, Lymie ears just perked up, yeast.

Kombucha and Candidahttp://bodyecology.com/articles/can-kombucha-feed-candida-and-cause-heartburn#.Ux_WYYUbjIU

This means that if you have Lyme and are being treated for it this greatly raises your chance of candida overgrowth which leads to the very strict diet that most Lyme sufferers are familiar with. I will say some people are totally fine with Kombucha, but some people will notice more air in their tummies and more candida symptoms. If you have an LLMD be sure and ask them about kombucha, but no matter what they say if you are symptomatic avoid it. Also people with certain digestive disorders should also be careful. Personally I have gone through most of my treatment needing to avoid kombucha because it didn’t agree with me, but recently I have been able to get away with having one once and a while.

Here are some alternatives to Kombucha if you want natural probiotics:

ImageKimchi, Sauerkraut and fermented foods. These are amazing for getting “happy gut” bacteria. Here is a great article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/01/fermented-vegetables.aspx

ImageFermented coconut water. I am not sure if this is available everywhere but I LOVE Kevita! It is a different culture than kombucha and does not contain yeast

http://kevita.com/

ImageLactose-Free Kefir. If you are going to use kefir as a source of probiotics make sure you go lactose-free. Or if you can tolerate goat milk kefir that is also an option.

ImageIf you would still like to drink kombuch choose one that is low in sugar (kombuchas can range greatly in sugar content). You can choose some that are as little as 2 grams per serving, while on the other end of the spectrum some are as high as 12 grams per serving (24 per bottle), so be mindful of that.

 

 

 

 

9 Disgusting Things You Have Been Eating Your Whole Life And Didn’t Know It

Had to share this story from the Huffington Post

this is BEYOND disgusting. A lot of these I knew but it is just enraging that companies can legally poison us, and the FDA is NOT our friend. No wonder people are diseased and getting so much cancer. Some of these chemicals never leave your body and imbed in lymph nodes and cells. (and by the way most of what is listed you will find in hundreds more products than what is disclosed).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/gross-ingredients_n_4063894.html

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Turmeric Ice Cream

On my way home from work I suddenly got a craving for turmeric ice cream. I have been making myself turmeric tea a few times a week (with some slight modifications): http://nourishedkitchen.com/golden-tea-turmeric-ginger-tea-coconut-milk/     So I thought making ice cream would be no big deal…and it turned out great!!

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Image  2 pieces fresh raw turmeric (about 1 1/2 inches long)

Image 1 piece fresh cut raw ginger (about 1/2 inch long)

Image 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

At this point put the above ingredients in your Vitamix (or comparable blender) and blend on high until turmeric and ginger are annihilated. Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of any sediment, then pour liquid back into blender and add:

Image 1/3 cup organic full fat coconut milk

Image 8 packets truvia

Image  1 dropper liquid stevia

Image small sprinkle salt

Image 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin

Image 1/4 teaspoon guar gum

Image 1 tablespoon manuka honey

Blend everything together and pour liquid into your ice cream maker  Image

Run machine until you have ice cream!