Lyme Disease Diet
Healthy dietary choices are an integral component of chronic Lyme disease treatment.
Essential components to overcoming Lyme disease is to not feed pathogens as well as reduce and prevent inflammation.
Lyme pathogens thrive with certain biochemical substances like sugars, yeasts, dairy, vinegars, except apple cider vinegar and so on. Lyme disease pathogens like to live in areas where there is inflammation. The reason for this is that it is difficult for the immune system to work in areas of inflammation. As well it is difficult for the body to deliver the biochemical properties of herbs, oils, antibiotics to areas of inflammation. When inflammation is reduced, the treatment can do what it is intended to do.
If you are choosing a natural treatment for Lyme disease, a healthy Lyme disease diet is most commonly an essential component to an effective recovery.
As many of you may know, Lyme disease may be accompanied with other infections such as an overgrowth of yeast, candida and parasitic nematodes. Lyme disease pathogens may also be accompanied with bacterial and parasitic co-infections that go under the radar of the immune system, as well as molds, fungi and other forms of bacteria.
So, what we need to do with a Lyme disease diet is not feed any of these other pathogens. This prevents them from multiplying quicker than treatment can control or reduce them, as well reduces and prevent further inflammation so treatment can work.
Foods to Avoid with a Lyme Disease Diet
Never to be considered while fighting Lyme disease. These foods react with toxins and create cytokine inflammatory reactions. When there is inflammation, there is lack of blood flow to the area, thus restricting treatment.
All sugars such as refined sugar, sucanat, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave, honey, bananas, mangoes, dried fruit or berries, any herbs with polysaccharides (sweet) such as Astragalus. Absolutely no syrups, jellies, dried fruit or berries, or sweet herbs.
All Dairy, except butter and ghee is okay to eat.
All baked goods
- Grains – I think it is okay to have rice later on once a week, after 4-5 months of impeccable diet and treatment.
- Anything with yeast. Nutritional yeast is okay. Brewers yeast is not okay. All other yeasts are not okay.
Soy sauce, Tamari and other sauces containing alcohol. Even when it is burned up, part of it is converted to polysaccharides.
Fermented foods such as kombucha, pickles, ect.
Coffee – Feeds candida and restricts the capillaries. When combatting Lyme disease, we want to open up the capillaries, dilate them, help the blood get to the difficult to reach areas of the body.
Foods that are not organic. When the immune system is low, pesticides may add to strain on the immunity.
Nuts that have not been soaked overnight.
Cashews [processed (de-shelled) with hexane]
All vinegars except apple cider vinegar.
Ground beef – most often manufacturers add sugar to ground beef, even organic. Better safe than sorry and just avoid it.
- Red meat – Beef and pork – Alpha Gal
- Chocolate and carob
- Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut
- Dried fruits
- Sweet potatoes, yams
If you are sensitive to nightshades, honor that. If not, eat them raw or steamed.
Foods to Eat with a Lyme disease diet
We all like and need our protein, right?!
Here’s my scoop on meat. I’ll keep it short and simple.
Be cautious with fish (check apps and websites for heavy metal and mercury regarding types of fish and where they were caught. Heavy metals and mercury weaken the immune system thus giving strength to Lyme and other pathogens. Again refrain from ground beef and all read meat. Red meat such as beef, pork and lamb contain a polysaccharide that excites Lyme pathogens, thus exciting the immune system, thus causing immune symptoms.
Other Protein Sources to Eat with a Lyme Disease Diet
Tofu can be your best friend. Just make sure to eat tofu made with sprouted soybeans. Research shows this offsets the estrogen production effect.
Beans – People will argue with this and if it doesn’t feel right, don’t eat them, but I ate beans when I fought Lyme disease. Some people say they are too carb-like, but they have their fare share of protein to off-set the carbs. Plus they aren’t carbs containing sucrose and fructose which are the inflammatory carbs.
Seeds and nuts! Soak them first. Nuts, overnight, seeds, just for a few hours. Rinse and eat!
Protein powders! – Make sure they are not only vegan, but read the ingredients and make sure they do not contain any sugar-like ingredients. Sometimes the supplement information will state “0 sugars”, but the ingredients will say, “cane syrup”. I made that mistake once and after 4 days I paid for it.
- Chicken, fish and turkey, white meats.
- Almonds (no cashews or peanuts). Soak almonds overnight is best but not essential, then rinse, pluck the skin off, rinse again, then eat and store the rest in the refrigerator.
- Blend at times – sprouted blanched almonds, ½ fresh squeezed lemon, pinch of stevia, dash of salt, filtered water.
Carbs for the Lyme disease diet
- Corn tortillas, almond tortillas
- White sushi rice, rinsed 4-5 times to remove the talc. Soak for 20 minutes. Rinse again. Fill with fresh water and cook and eat. Consider making it more on the mushy side. In Chinese medicine, this is referred to as kanji and is very cleansing to the gut and provides good energy. Do not eat too much.
- Crackers – yeast free, gluten free, unsweetened
Fats for the Lyme disease diet
Eat a slight amount consistently, but not a lot. The liver metabolizes fats, but also metabolizes toxins. Toxins are many times fat soluble so fat is needed to bring them out to the liver, but too much fats will exhaust the liver and gallbladder.
- Butter, ghee is best
- Olive oil
Green smoothies will change your gut flora real quick! Get on board with green smoothie and you’ll be on the road to recovery before you know it.
Green Smoothies are great to replace electrolytes, minerals and to help supplement the tissues with glutathione naturally. Glutathione is essential to detoxification and processing die-off.
Green smoothies with no fruit (except Lemon) in the morning and evening can be great, or when you can!
Soak almonds overnight, pour off the water the next morning and peel the skin off.
Add to blender ½ bunch of spinach, ½ cucumber, small handful of almonds and 1 fresh squeezed lemon. Modify how you like! No avocados. They have natural occurring sugars that Lyme bugs like.
Soups are great!
Kidney bean soup with veggies and greens is packed with minerals and proteins and aids very well to the Lyme diet. Lyme weakens the digestion as it pulls energy from the body. By eating a warm power packed soup, the warmth aids in rekindling the digestive fire.
Veggie broth soup with kidney beans. Eat up to 4 bowls per day. Add salt.
Soak kidney beans overnight, drain the water and pressure cool the next day.
Then boil in any of the following:
Pack in as much as possible: Celery, zucchini, onion and add spinach, parsley at the end.
Add broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus’, green beans, IF YOU LIKE THEM!
Add fresh rosemary, oregano and basil.
Steamed veggies such as: cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans.
Salads are great as part of a Lyme disease diet. Add beans, tofu or a white meat. If you have digestive issues with salads, resort to a green smoothie. Green smoothiesare easily digested for those who have problems digesting salads. Green smoothies help create beneficial bacteria in the gut. Green smoothies will quickly change the digestive flora in the gut, get rid of unwanted bacteria and help the detoxification process,
Salad dressing ingredients to choose from for a Lyme disease diet
Apple cider vinegar (only type of vinegar, nothing else!)
Fresh Almond milk (Almonds have all the essential amino acids needed.)
Soak almonds overnight – This neutralizes anti-enzyme inhibitors and allows them to be more digestible.
Pour off water, rinse and pop off skins (if you choose, otherwise skins are fine.)
Blend with filtered water, salt and a tiny bit of stevia. Again, not a hair too much. If it tastes perfect and not too sweet, that’s good.
- Other nut or soy milks – make sure to read the ingredients. Seeing the label saying “unsweetened” is not enough. Give these bugs a taste and you will react negatively.
Desserts for the Lyme disease diet
Fresh berries with home-made almond milk. Later on after symptoms are under control. After 4 months or so.
Snacks for the Lyme disease diet
Light snacks such as fresh veggies or sprouted seeds
- Wheat free, yeast free crackers with cooked salmon or other fish.
Cleansing Reaction elixir – Only drink when feeling sick, spun, toxic or ill.
16oz of warm water with 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay stirred in if you feel sick, spun or uncomfortable at any time.
For a Lyme disease diet when you have co-infections under control.
Apples and grapefruits but no rich fruit such as bananas and mangos. No dried fruits.
Seldom – Pre-soak grains for 30 minutes, drain off water and steam. Once every two weeks.
White sushi rice always worked well for me. Rinse 3+ times, then soak for 30 minutes, rinse again before cooking, then cook! 🙂
Seldom – Butter. Once every two weeks. Ghee is best.
Seldom – Organic corn tortillas.
Sautéed foods are fine. Add some greens at the end, such as spinach or parsley.
Replenish body fluids!! Lyme depletes body fluids.
10 cups per day with fresh squeezed lemon is great for many reasons. (Vitamin C helps the immune system, cleans the blood vessels exposes pathogens to biochemical agents of treatment and reduces inflammation).
Lyme consumes body fluids and electrolytes.
Water replaces body fluids and helps flush out dead Lyme toxins.
Lyme does well in acidic environments. Lemon creates a highly alkaline environment in the body and contains electrolytes; therefore eating FRESH lemon is great.
Stevia kills Lyme. In just the right amount stevia makes things taste good. As soon as you taste the bitterness, you have added too much.
A small pinch of salt helps the body use the water. Many times the adrenals and the kidneys get compromised with Lyme. Use once per day around 7:00 pm but not all day. According to Chinese medicine, the right amount of salt at the right time of day, when indicated can be very beneficial to the kidneys.
Times of day to eat for the for the Lyme disease diet
Imperative to eat between 7:00 and 9:00 am
Between 11:00 and 1:00 pm
Between 5:00 and 7:00
Do not eat after 7:00pm
© Patrick Lynch L.Ac., M.A.O.M., D.A.O.M. Intern