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:
It can be tough understanding or empathizing with people with chronic Lyme. Here is a little window into something oft misunderstood.
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.
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:
Kimchi, 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
If 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.
While everyone should beware of this, people with autoimmune and digestive disorders should especially beware!
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).
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!!
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:
Run machine until you have ice cream!
Sorry, just a little fun today.
Because there is documentation of Lyme being transmitted prenatally by a mother to her child, having children when you have chronic Lyme is a huge concern. Here is a great article talking about this and the steps to prevent transmission.
So in my current little slump I have been having worse pain and inflammation and fatigue. I am back on treatment right now for candida, but it only makes some difference. On Monday my doctor told me she felt I was in acidosis. Now I am familiar with the acidic/alkaline body balance and food list, but I have not given it the attention it deserves. Even though my diet is strict to the nth degree I find I tend to crave and eat mostly acidic foods. So I am going to try and do a lot better at keeping my body more alkaline and eat mostly alkaline foods.
This is important for my current discomfort and healing, but also because of proven research that disease and cancers thrive in an acidic environment. A few good links:
Also acidosis seems to greatly increase cytokines, which is a familiar word by now for the Lymie: