Lyme and Inflammatory Diseases: How our diets can cure our struggles

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Since I am on a Gluten and Dairy free kick right now, I wanted to continue talking about the benefits of this dietary change not only for digestion purposes but coping with inflammatory diseases. This post is dedicated to a family member of mine who was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year. For the past year he has been struggling with symptoms that no human being deserves to feel. Each day is a coin toss; he has his good days and his bad days. He wakes up in the morning feeling tired, fatigued, irritable and just all around crappy. It’s even more frustrating for him because he is an athlete who loves to run. He is the most energetic and positive person I’ve ever met and I can tell this disease has taken a toll on his life.

 

Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the country. The pain caused by Lyme has a direct impact in the amount of inflammation in the body. Gluten and dairy are two of the top inflammatory foods out there. Obvious enough, avoiding gluten and dairy will decrease the inflammation in your body, thus reducing pain.

 

Not only will the absence of gluten and dairy decrease inflammation, but it will also help with other side effects of Lyme. In most cases, people experience a lack of energy and feel sluggish. Most dairy and gluten products are processed. Processed foods cause a quick rise in blood sugar, followed by a quick drop. This quick change in blood sugar causes people to feel tired, irritable and sluggish. So gluten containing products such as white bread has this effect on your blood sugar. The object of the game is to stabilize blood glucose levels which essentially will stabilize your energy.

 

Substituting fresh fruits, vegetables, organic meats and nuts will provide you with a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and disease fighting nutrients. Eating nature’s food is nature’s cure. Stories of people’s success with a change in diet prove it every day.

 

See the problem here is we are all so focused on medication that will take the pain away but do you see the common trend with improved diet? Don’t get me wrong, medication is great, but it should be coupled with a proper diet. I can’t think of a disease that can’t be improved with a good diet. If you have a disease that you struggle with, try changing your diet. It sure as hell won’t hurt you. Maybe it will be the solution to your battles. JUST DO IT!

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