Last week a friend, whom I don’t see very often came to an activity at our church and we were able to catch up. In the course of our conversation she asked what I was doing to combat Lyme. I answered “everything I can”. Please know that that answer did not come from pride, but from a gut level of honestly trying to do everything I can to battle the bacteria and parasites coursing through me. So what is my everything?
The number one, most controllable part of this regimen is everything I eat and drink. Everything I eat and drink. Everything I put in my mouth. This may be the hardest of all things I do. But this is a battle for my heart, my brain and my nervous system, so I tend to approach it from a place of war. Oh, yes, it is very very tough sometimes, especially when everyone else is eating whatever they want, but I want my health back. This means, NO gluten, NO dairy, NO sugar (NONE), NO nightshades and for me a very rare gluten free grain and NO high carb foods. (most fruits and some veggies) Did I mention this is a hard way to eat? Probably the hardest is church fellowships, eating out or sharing a meal with others. When we are home i can totally control what is fixed and for the vast majority of the time my family eats what I eat with a few modifications. What we eat has such a profound effect on Lyme. Read about that here.
Everyone knows how good water is for you, right? The problem is drinking it! This month marks my 7th month of continuous antibiotics and that means something is probably dying off a lot of the time. Detoxing by drinking lots of water is another vital component of how I fight Lyme. Every day I aim for between 1/2 and 1 gallon of water. However I don’t really like water so I use stevia drops to flavor it. Right now, watermelon is my flavor of choice. It’s also easier for me to drink from a quart jar, that way I can keep track of how much I’ve drank. There are lots of ways to trick yourself into drinking more water, it’s just finding one that works for you.
Here is an entire article about sleep. Anyone with Lyme knows how hard it can be to get good sleep. Melatonin helps some, but the biggest thing, for me, it to be IN bed by about 9:45 p.m.. I usually don’t have trouble falling asleep unless I miss that window of between 9:30 and 10:00. Seriously if I lay down at 10:15 it takes me a long time to fall asleep. Staying asleep is my biggest issue, and some nights I get around 4 hours of sleep. So I’m doing what I can and hope as treatment progresses my sleep gets better. No beating yourself up for taking a nap. 😉
This is not a hard one, just an inconvenience sometimes. The detox pathways are , respiration, defacation, urination and perspiration. Water, as mentioned above helps with urination and defacation and is needed to replace what we lose when sweating. One method I used weekly until very recently was a sauna. Please be careful as you may need to build up your time in a sauna, as I did. In the beginning I could only stay in there a minute or so, so take it slow. Since I’ve put my health club membership on hold I’m relying more on dry brushing now. Before every shower I spend a few minutes brushing my skin to help with detox. One last thing that I don’t do enough of is deep breathing. Epsom salt baths are another easy to do detox. Remember those 4 detox pathways! Here’s an article on detox.
What is stressful for you? Time crunches? People? Conflict? Expectations? Computers? Games? Find your stressors and brainstorm, by yourself or with a friend on ways to combat them. If I have a replacement activity it’s much easier to handle. Also, find a way that you can express your mounting stress so things don’t get overwhelming. There is no shortage of articles and studies on what stress does to your body. Remember you are fighting a battle, so your body is already stressed. Do what you can to lower it.
As stated above I’m in my 7th month of continuous antibiotics. If you know me at all, you understand how hard this is. I don’t like prescription meds of any kind, but this is path I’m on for now. Even in the alternative field antibiotics are used for chronic lyme. So far my protocol has been herbal antibiotics, prescription antibiotics, prescription anti-parasite and herbal anti parasite. It’s a lot to swallow, pun intended.
Probiotics and Supplements
Because of the various antibiotics I’m on high doses of probiotics. Right now I take 70 billion a day from two sources. One is Flora Pro-Health and one is Saccharomyces Boulardii + MOS . (affiliate links) My dr. explained it this way- shelf stable probiotics are not killed by antibiotics and refrigerated ones are. You can still take them, they just need to be away from antibiotics by a few hours. I’d just rather take the shelf stable ones. The MOS I take at night for it to repopulate my gut overnight. There have been numerous supplements in the past 7 months to help with SIBO and other digestive issues, vitamin deficiencies and overall nutritional help.
I’ll continue to do “everything I can” until I am well because my hubby has promised me a cruise when that happens! I think he was joking, but I’m holding him to it. 😉