Since I became extremely ill and bedridden due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme disease over 5 years ago I’ve been on a quest to learn as much as I can about being healthy and share what I’m learning with others. This blog has given me an amazing outlet to do just that and I’m thankful for that opportunity!
Treatments, Appointments, Physical Therapy And Supplements
It was just a couple of years ago when I became so sick I had no choice but to quit the job I loved teaching young children in Special Education. I was halfway towards earning my Master’s Degree in Special Education in Autism studies through the University Of Missouri. Needless to say, it was a difficult transition for me because I wanted to contribute and help people, but was so sick all I could do was lie in bed, do my treatments, take my supplements and force down the healthy protein shakes.
All the while my body continued wasting away, my clothes hanging on my frame.
My rapid decline from being an active, healthy mom to four young kids to barely being able to roll over in bed wasn’t something this strong-willed girl was able to accept easily.
Thankfully, the love of my family, the care of my wonderful Lyme Literate doctors, appropriate Lyme treatments, physical therapy to offset the muscle wasting, healthy foods, and lots of prayer have helped me grow stronger and improve.
Although I’m nowhere near “well” yet, one day I hope and pray I will be.
However, it is a slow healing process when you’re dealing with chronic Lyme. Many people reach out to me each week and ask me what they can do to grow healthier and help their body heal from the Lyme.
In response to that popular question, here are 21 essential strategies you can use to help fight Lyme disease.
Natural Strategies To Fight Lyme Disease
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods including plenty of vegetables, bone broth, organic meat, coconut, raw dairy, nuts and seeds. Many Lyme experts warn against eating fruit due to the high sugar content, but fruit is also high in antioxidants. Berries, lemons, limes, peaches, apples, kiwis and avocados are fairly low in sugar so use your own judgement here.
- Address sleep issues. This is essential when you’re dealing with Lyme. Many of us have insomnia. Others can sleep all day. Lyme can cause many people to feel extreme chronic fatigue so it’s important to get extra rest and make sleep a priority.
- Eliminate toxins. Here are 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally I hope will help.
- Deal with emotions. Managing emotional stress in your life is so important. I’ve found journalling helps with this. You might also like to start a blog and write about your experiences. Writing can be therapeutic! Some people find that talking things out with a friend helps them process the range of emotions they’re feeling.
- Supplement your diet. Consider taking high-quality supplements that are especially needed for Lyme disease patients. Some basics to start with include Magnesium, B-Complex, Turmeric and CoQ10.
- Sweat in a sauna. But please use caution. Don’t overdo it! I‘ve learned this the hard way and it’s not fun. After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and it works great!
- Move a little every day. Yoga and Pilates are great, but not for everyone. I love taking walks and breathing in the fresh air now but I wasn’t always able to. If you’re stuck inside try some slow, gentle stretches. And if you can do more and your doctor says it’s okay, then go for it!
- Avoid processed junk food, sugar and gluten. Our bodies are not designed to handle all the chemicals in processed food. And, because Lyme disease is an inflammatory condition it is best to avoid sugar and gluten.
- Try grounding. Earthing, or grounding, is simply having direct contact with the Earth’s surface with your bare feet. The grass, dirt, sand at the beach and even unpainted concrete serve as conductive surfaces. You can also buy earthing mats and sheets for your bed. According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, earthing can reverse inflammation in the body. He recommends earthing 40 minutes daily. You may want to learn more about earthing in What Is Earthing Or Grounding?
- Get plenty of sunshine. Experts recommend exposing the legs and arms to the sun for 10 to 15 minutes per day. Getting this sun exposure causes the body to produce Vitamin D naturally.
- Smile and laugh. Whether you like watching crazy cat videos on YouTube or the latest episode of your favorite T.V. sitcom, smiling and laughing does a body good! You can check out some of the benefits of smiling here in 6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling: Enhance Your Face Value
- Drink lemon water. Lemons are full of Vitamin C, which is great for the immune system. For more, you may want to read about these 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water .
- Buy a water filter to remove harmful impurities from your drinking water.
- Protect against EMFs. Exposure to EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, are especially damaging to those of us with chronic illnesses. And, unfortunately, they’re everywhere. Computers, hairdryers, refrigerators, vacuums, irons, cell phones, WiFi, fax machines and much more. Here are some tips to protect yourself from EMFs.
- Get a blue light filter app on your phone. The one I use is Twilight (for Android) and it works great.
- Consider taking an herbal protocol, such as Dr. Lee Cowden’s Lyme protocol at Nutramedix or Byron White.
- Do coffee enemas. I know, TMI…but this is definitely worth looking into. You can learn more here: 5 Reasons To Try Coffee Enemas.
- Take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, yogurt and fermented vegetables and komucha.
- Take organic whole leaf Stevia extract. A recent study showed Stevia leaf extract killed Lyme bacteria better than antibiotics in a test tube. (1) That said, if you’re planning to treat Lyme with Stevia please take it slow! I learned this the hard way and had a brutal herx for several days. According to JennasLymeBlog, “The recommended dose of organic whole leaf stevia is 20 drops two times per day.” However, I started with less than half the recommend dose and herxed like nobody’s business so please use caution!
- Take warm epsom salt baths. I never used to take time for a bath. I was more of a shower type of gal. But my life post-Lyme has been full of hot, epsom salt baths. Why? Because the salts really help to soothe the pain in my joints and muscles, the warm water is relaxing (and I get to catch up on my reading on the Kindle app). Also, the warm water is great for providing a natural detox, if you sweat that is. Just make sure not to make the bath too hot or it could cause you to herx, which is never pleasant and could be dangerous.
- Use essential oils. Make sure you buy high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils. There are different brands and price points. I have several go-to oils for my Lyme symptoms. My favorites are: peppermint for headaches, chronic fatigue, nausea and infections; lemon in my water and for air purification; lavender to help me sleep; ginger for nausea; oregano to kill Lyme bacteria; cinnamon bark as an anti-inflammatory…just to name a few.
Lyme is a complicated disease which includes a long list of symptoms that can worsen over time if it is not treated.
In addition to the antibiotics traditionally used to treat Lyme disease, practicing natural strategies can help the body heal and grow stronger.
Do you know someone with Lyme Disease or other tick-borne illness?
What strategies do you use to help fight Lyme Disease?
Let me know what you think below in the comment section!
You can read more about my experience with Lyme disease in: Undiagnosed And Suffering With Lyme Disease: I Felt Like I Was Dying
If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read:
- 7 Tips For Coping With Chronic Illness
- 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally
- The Signs, Symptoms And Stages Of Lyme Disease
- Changing DNA To Eliminate Lyme Disease: Could It Be The Answer?
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