Lyme disease is an infectious disease known to affect many Americans. Estimates show that there are 300,000 new cases of infection every year in the U.S.
The bite of the black-legged tick carrying the Borrelia bacteria also already caused chronic Lyme disease in 1.5 million people across the country. That figure is expected to grow since more people are being diagnosed with the condition every year.
Lyme disease is also a widespread infection in Europe and Asia. The infection has been linked to problems with the immune system, chronic inflammation, joint pain, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, anxiety and depression.
Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. But the recovery of the patient may take time depending on the severity of the infection.
“I’ve seen firsthand how a Functional Medicine approach based on simple dietary changes can boost energy, support cognitive function and alleviate chronic inflammation, reducing the impact of Lyme disease on my clients’ lives,” Lindsay Christensen, a clinical nutritionist, said in an article posted on ChrisKresser.com.
To help you improve your condition following an infection, Christensen provided a list of simple dietary changes you could follow. The steps focus on adding and removing certain foods that play a role in Lyme disease.
People with Lyme disease can experience higher inflammation from the joints to the brain. One study found that the right diet could help promote inflammatory balance within the body.
Christensen said the first step should remove inflammatory-linked foods from your daily meals. These foods are processed products, industrial seed oils and refined carbohydrates and sugar. Gluten and dairy may also increase the effects of Lyme disease.
As you remove bad foods from your daily meals, consider adding more sources of essential nutrients to boost your health. These healthy foods are grass-fed and organic animal proteins, wild-caught seafood, non-starchy vegetables, whole fruits, nuts and seeds and healthy fats.
While recovering from Lyme disease, the said foods would provide the body with good amounts of amino acids, B vitamins, fiber, iodine, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and vitamin E.
You should also prioritize your Lyme-compromised immune system. To promote proper immune function, you should consume more vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and foods and nutrients that support the glutathione system.
Your gut plays an important role in your daily functions. People who have chronic Lyme disease take multiple antibiotics for treatment, which could disrupt the gut microbiota.
You can improve your gut health through intake of fermentable carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, artichokes,and onions. These foods provide carbohydrates that generate energy for important gut bacteria.