Lyme disease (Neuroborreliosis) is caused by a spirochete, Borrelia burdorferi, transmitted by tick bites, mainly in the summer time. The site of the tick bite is red with a pale centre gradually increasing in size to form the unique marker lesion, a bull’s eye which may become large over a period of time. There are 20 known species of Borrelia that can cause human illness, and it is not uncommon for people with Lyme’s disease to harbour at least two species. The microbes disseminate through the circulation, causing first, sore throat, dry cough, fever and headaches, followed by cardiac arrhythmias and neurologic abnormalities (facial nerve paralysis). Pain and swelling may develop in the large joints, sometimes progressing to chronic arthritis.
The effects may persist for months, allopathic therapy includes antibiotics. The internet offers a wide variety of different diets to help manage the symptoms of Lyme’s disease. Nutrition is important in Lyme disease treatment, the role of nutrition is central not so much in the killing of the bugs, but in the underlying strength and resilience of your health. Immune support, inflammation management, hormone regulation and detoxification functions can all be vitally influenced by your nutritional intake and status.
Inflammation is how the body responds to irritation, infection, damaged cell or painful stimuli.
In normal situations, inflammation is a good thing. It is how the body initiates the healing process and sends healing to the site. Lyme’s disease is, in part, an inflammatory illness, it is primarily an infectious illness, however inflammation can also be part of infection. The chronic inflammation linked to Lyme’s disease causes a lot of pain and discomfort, such as joint pain, swelling, fatigue, brain fog and headaches.
Gluten is a pro-inflammatory food found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten intolerance has become prevalent in the 21st century, due to most of the population lacking the enzyme, which breaks gluten down. As part of the healing process, when treating Lyme’s disease, Gluten is eliminated from the diet. Fats and oils fuel biochemical pathways in the body that promote inflammation. Saturated and trans fats are two of the main oils, which cause inflammation. Essential fatty acids are the omega fats, which we can only get through the diet. Fish and Flax are the richest source of Omega 3s, Omega 6 oils are found in sunflower oil, safflower, borage, evening primrose oil, and various nuts and seeds. Olive oil is an Omega 9 oil.
Essential fatty acids are important in treating Lyme’s disease, due to their beneficial effect in improving neuron function, improving cognitive function and memory, maintaining the fluidity of cell membranes. Essential fatty acids also help in reducing the production of messenger chemicals called cytokines, which are involved in the inflammatory response.
Herbal remedies to help treat Lyme’s disease.
Plants deal with a wide range of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. Not having an immune system, plants deal with the problem by producing a sophisticated spectrum of biochemical substances. A medicinal herb contains hundreds of different phytochemicals, that suppress microbes in many different ways. Andrographis, Cats claw and Garlic protects against protozoa, viruses and yeasts. Hawthorn French maritime pine bark optimise blood flow and support cardiovascular function. Milk thistle provides tissue protection and regeneration for the liver. Curcumin a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory helps reduce inflammation and increase antioxidant levels at tissue level.
Nutritional Support for Lyme’s disease.
Cellular support is essential to optimize detoxification, at tissue cellular level. This is essential for restoring energy to the body. Supplements including Glutathione and NAC aid detoxification at cellular level.
Other recommended supplements include Folate and methylated B vitamins, to help with methylation issues. A healthy gut is essential in recovering from chronic disease, taking a probiotic supplement will help with immune health, vitamin synthesis and healthy digestion, all essential in Lyme disease recovery.
If you would like to make an appointment to see a Medical Herbalist or Nutritional therapist, please call 0208 944 1133 Ext: 26, or visit www.healthzoneclinic.co.uk
Health Zone Shop and Clinic – 30 Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon. SW19 7PA