First, let’s talk about what Lyme Disease is. Lyme Disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States with as many as 300,000 people affected each year. Vector-borne diseases are those caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria and are transmitted through their hosts. In the case of Lyme Disease, the black-legged tick (commonly known as the deer tick) is the primary carrier of this disease.
Lyme disease is a multisystem disease that can affect your body in a number of different ways. According to the Mayo Clinic, early signs and symptoms can seem flu-like. If the disease continues to go untreated, symptoms can evolve into arthritis-like joint pain and severe neurological problems.
The longer the tick is attached to your skin, the greater the risk. To prevent anything resulting from a tick bite, check your skin after walks, hikes, or spending time outdoors. If you do have a tick on your skin, removing it immediately is very important. If the area around tick bite begins to change in anyway, please see your doctor as soon as possible to be tested.
“The best defense is a strong offense”
The impact that your diet and gut microbiome have on your overall health is undeniable. The saying is true, “You are what you eat”. Taking your health into your own hands is no easy feat, but with the right supervision and dedication, your life can be changed for the better. There are many diets out there specifically tailored to healing your body from autoimmune diseases, such as Lyme Disease. Here at Cultured Love, we have experience with the GAPS diet, but through our fair share of research, and testimony from many who have been down this road, we’ve identified other diets that have been effective for others.
The GAPS Diet:
The GAPS diet, which stands for the “Gut And Psychology Syndrome” diet, was originally created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas in the 1920s to help heal digestive disorders. During our personal recovery, we were recommended to learn more about Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride and her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Dr. Natasha’s work with the GAPS protocol has helped thousands of people around the world. The protocol is broken up into three parts; diet, supplementation, and detoxification. The diet portion of the protocol is separated into two parts, the Introduction Diet and the Full GAPS diet. During the introduction diet, you will go through six stages during a 3-6 week period. After the introduction diet stages are complete, you will move onto the full GAPS diet. Below are links to detailed outlines for both the introduction diet and the full GAPS diet, as well as information on the supplement and detoxification portions of the protocol from trusted resources.
GAPS diet: http://www.gapsdiet.com/gaps-outline.html
GAPS Introduction Diet: http://www.gapsdiet.com/gaps-introduction-diet.html
GAPS Full Diet: http://www.gapsdiet.com/gaps-full-diet.html
Dr. Natasha’s Website: http://www.doctor-natasha.com/gaps-book.php
The Wahls Protocol:
The Wahls Protocol Diet was created by Dr. Terry Wahls, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Through her own diagnosis of chronic multiple sclerosis, she began searching for her own road to health after undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Terry Wahls developed the Wahls Protocol to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions derived from paleo principles. The diet calls for plenty of leafy greens, sulfur-rich vegetables, deep colored vegetables and fruits, and omega-3 fatty acids.
About the Wahls Protocol: https://terrywahls.com/about-the-wahls-protocol/
Outline of the Wahls Protocol: https://www.furtherfood.com/paleo-diet-protocol-heal-autoimmune-dr-wahls-vegetable/
The GAPS diet and the Wahls Protocol are well established protocols that we encourage you to learn more about. Outside of these protocols, diets such as plant based, gluten-free, and paleo are great places to start. As always, consult with your doctors to make sure you are putting the best things in your body, as all bodies are different.