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Get a blood test to check for
deficiencies of zinc,
vitamin B complex and
vitamin D as this can slow down Lyme recovery. Then improve the diet accordingly. See below to find out what foods to eat for these vital
Probiotic foods can replenish the beneficial bacteria in the
intestines that are wiped out by antibiotic Lyme disease treatment.
Natural sources of beneficial bacteria
NOTE: It is advisable to consume
probiotics at least an hour before other foods to enable enough
friendly bacteria to survive and pass through the strong stomach
Herbs that can target Lyme disease and support the body in eliminating it
Gingko biloba can be used to clear the mental fogginess that is a common symptom of Lyme disease.
Milk thistle can help the liver which is important in the fight against Lyme disease.
Salt: Use Himalayan pink salt crystals and unrefined sea salt in all meals can help to provide an environment that is inhospitable to pathogens and helps to make sure extra fluids are consumed as well as providing trace elements required to help the body fight the Lyme disease bacteria. However, high salt can also cause high blood pressure so care must be taken and the blood pressure monitored when consuming extra salt. Never consume refined white table salt.
Nutrients that can help to fight the lyme disease bacteria
Alpha lipoic acid
Alpha lipoic acid works as an antioxidant in both water and
fatty tissue enabling it to enter all parts of the nerve cell and
protect it from damage and thus relieve peripheral neuropathy which
can be caused by injury, nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy or
by conditions such as
thyroid disease and
kidney failure. Symptoms can include pain, burning, numbness,
tingling, weakness and itching.
Natural sources of alpha lipoic acid
Brewers yeast, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, flaxseeds, organ meats, peas,
spinach, Swiss chard
NOTE: If suffering from reoccurring herpes, as can happen with Lyme disease, avoid Brewer's yeast and all yeast products as this can bring on attacks.
Chlorophyll provides the body with better oxygen absorption, which will support the body overall and the Lyme disease bacteria do not thrive in an oxygen rich environment. In addition, it provides a safe amount of copper, which will make the body more toxic to pathogens. It will also give the colloidal silver better penetration, because silver will electro-chemically bind with the copper that is inside the chlorophyll.
Natural sources of chlorophyll
All green leafy herbs and vegetables especially aloe vera, ashitaba, chlorella, seaweed and spirulina.
Colloidal silver is a natural and general purpose antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compound that works electrically instead of chemically, so pathogens cannot develop any resistance to it.
Sulphur: Consuming foods rich in sulphur can help relieve the joint pain and repair nerve damage that may have been caused by the Lyme disease bacteria as well as clear out toxins.
Highest sources of sulphur in milligrams per 100 grams
Scallops 520 mg
Lobster 510 mg
Crab 470 mg
Prawns 370 mg
Mussels 350 mg
Haddock 290 mg
Brazil nuts 290 mg
Peanuts 260 mg
Cod 250 mg
Oysters 250 mg
Chicken livers 250 mg
Cheese (parmesan) 250 mg
Caviar (fish roe) 240 mg
Peaches (dried) 240 mg
Cheese (cheddar or stilton) 230 mg
Salmon 220 mg
Beef 220 mg
Eggs 200 mg
Apricots (dried) 160 mg
Almonds 150 mg
Rabbit 130 mg
Walnuts 100 mg
Peppercorns 100 mg
Cabbage 90 mg
Spinach 90 mg
Brussel sprouts 80 mg
Chickpeas 80 mg
Figs (dried) 80 mg
Coconut 80 mg
Hazel nuts 80 mg
Mung beans 60 mg
Dates 50 mg
Vitamin B3 (niacin) can increase the deep tissue penetration of the herbal treatments and other nutrients and treatments, especially colloidal silver.
Highest sources of vitamin B3 in milligrams per 100 grams
Yeast extract 127.5 mg
Brewer’s yeast 40.2 mg (dependent upon source)
Rice bran 34 mg
Tuna fish (fresh) 22 mg
Anchovies 19.9 mg
Lamb’s liver 16.7 mg
Chicken breast 14.8 mg
Shiitake mushrooms 14.1 mg
Peanuts 13.8 mg
Tuna fish (tinned) 13.3 mg
Spirulina 12.8 mg
Calf’s liver 12.6 mg
Chilli powder 11.6 mg
Duck 10.4 mg
Paprika 10 mg
Sun dried tomatoes 9.1 mg
Chia seeds 8.8 mg
The B vitamins, particularly B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cyanocobalamin) are known for healing damaged nerves.
Highest sources of vitamin B6 in milligrams per 100 grams
NOTE: Wild salmon (0.94 mg) contains far more vitamin B6 than farmed salmon (0.56 mg) and fresh salmon and tuna are far richer in vitamin B6 than tinned.
Highest sources of vitamin B9 in micrograms per 100 grams
Yeast extract 3786 µg
Brewer’s yeast 2340 µg
Chicken livers 578 µg
Basil 310 µg
Wheat germ 281 µg
Sunflower seeds 238 µg
Soya beans 205 µg
Spinach 194 µg
Lentils 181 µg
Chick peas, pinto beans 172 µg
Shiitake mushrooms 163 µg
Parsley 152 µg
Black beans 149 µg
Peanuts 145 µg
Navy beans 140 µg
Asparagus 135 µg
Turnip greens 118 µg
NOTE: One µg is one microgram.
Highest sources of vitamin B12 in micrograms per 100 grams
Clams 98.9 μg
Liver 83.1 μg
Barley grass juice 80 μg
Nori seaweed 63.6 μg
Octopus 36 μg
Caviar/fish eggs 20.0 μg
Ashitaba powder 17.0 μg
Herring 13.7 μg
Tuna fish 10.9 μg
Crab 10.4 μg
Mackerel 8.7 μg
Lean grass fed beef 8.2 μg
Duck eggs, goose eggs, rabbit 6 μg
Crayfish, pork heart, rainbow trout 5 μg
Shiitake mushrooms 4.8 μg
Lobster 4 μg
Lamb, venison 3.7 μg
Swiss Cheese 3.3 μg
Salmon 3.2 μg
Whey powder 2.37 μg
Golden chanterelle mushrooms 2 μg
Tuna 1.9 μg
Halibut 1.2 μg
Chicken egg 1.1 μg
Chicken, turkey 1.0 μg
Ashitaba 0.4 μg
Vitamin D is vital for the immune system to work effectively and can often be deficient in people in the northern hemisphere due to lack of sunshine from October to April. The skin manufactures it from cholesterol using the sun's rays but only stores enough for around 60 days so extra should be consumed in the diet from November until April. Covering up with clothes, sun screen lotions and windows also block this process so extra will be needed in these cases too.
Highest sources of vitamin D per serving listed
Krill oil - 1 teaspoon: 1000 IU
Eel - 85 g or 3 oz: 792 IU
Maitake mushrooms - 70 g: 786 IU
Rainbow trout - 85 g or 3 oz: 540 IU
Cod liver oil - 1 teaspoon: 440 IU
Mackerel - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU
Salmon - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU
Halibut - 85 g or 3 oz: 196 IU
Tuna - 85 g or 3 oz: 228 IU
Sardines - 85 g or 3 oz: 164 IU
Chanterelle mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 155 IU
Raw milk - 1 glass or 8 oz: 98 IU
Egg yolk - 1 large: 41 IU
Caviar - 28g or 1 oz: 33 IU
Hemp seeds - 100 g or 3.5 oz: 22 IU
Portabella mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 6 IU
NOTE: One IU is the biological equivalent of 0.3 μg or 0.3 micrograms.
NOTE: The recommended daily allowance is 600 IU for ages 19 to 70 and 800 IU for ages 71 and over but this may be far below what should be taken and is dependent upon the amount of sunshine an individual's skin is exposed to on a regular basis. Farmed salmon is often deficient in vitamin D.
Zinc is an important mineral when trying to eliminate the Lyme disease bacteria. Those drinking excess alcohol have low levels of zinc because alcohol decreases zinc absorption and increases urinary secretion of zinc. Diuretic medications also adversely affect zinc levels. If an individual ingests excessive amounts of caffeine, drugs or sugar, it is more than likely that a zinc deficiency will develop. Low zinc levels can cause liver deterioration and diminished functioning of the reproductive organs, immune system and skin.
Highest sources of zinc in micrograms per 100 grams
Oysters 78.6 mg
Chlorella 71 mg
Wheat germ 16.7 mg
Beef 12.3 mg
Calf's liver 11.9 mg
Hemp seeds 11.5 mg
Pumpkin and squash seeds 10.3 mg
Sesame and watermelon seeds 10.2 mg
Bamboo shoots, endives and gourds 9 mg
Chervil (herb) 8.8 mg
Lamb 8.7 mg
Venison 8.6 mg
Alfalfa seeds (sprouted), amaranth leaves, Crimini mushrooms, Irish moss and tea 8 mg
Crab 7.6 mg
Lobster 7.3 mg
Agave, basil, beefalo, broccoli, elk, emu, oats, ostrich, spinach and turkey 7 mg
Cocoa powder 6.8 mg
Asparagus, chicken livers, laver seaweed, mushrooms, parsley and rice bran 5.7 mg
Cashew nuts 5.6 mg
Pork 5.1 mg
Jute (herb), lemon grass, mung beans, Portobello mushrooms, radishes and shiitake mushrooms 5 mg
Agar seaweed, butterbur, cauliflower, chicory, Chinese cabbage, chives, coriander, green beans, lentils, lettuce, okra, rocket, spring onions, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes and wasabi (yellow) 3.4 mg
Peanuts 3.3 mg
Cheddar cheese 3.1 mg
Mozzarella cheese 2.9 mg
Anchovies and rabbit 2.4 mg
Cabbage, cucumber, jalapeno peppers, , kidney beans, navy beans, spirulina and turnip greens 2 mg
Mussels 1.6 mg
Arrowroot, artichokes (globe), beetroot, bell peppers, black eyed peas, borage, broad beans, Brussel sprouts, butter beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, chilli peppers, courgettes, dandelion greens, garlic, horseradish, kale, kelp, mustard greens, peas, pinto beans, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, Swede, sweet potato, tomatoes (red), wakame (seaweed), watercress and winged beans 1.2 mg
The recommended dietary allowance of zinc is
approximately 15 mg daily for an adult. Do not exceed 100 mg of zinc per
day from all sources.
THE DIET FOR RECOVERING FROM LYME DISEASE
A healthy diet is important to help the body fight off the Lyme disease bacteria.
The ideal food to consume in one day which will include all the nutrients needed to fight off Lyme disease would be as follows.
Apple: One per day including skin
Krill oil: Consume 1000 mg of krill oil per day for essential omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D
Psyllium husks: Consume one tablespoon per day in a large glass of water or sprinkled onto meals as it can support digestion and excretory processes and will work within two days to fix many colon and digestive issues.
Before breakfast or any beverage
One teaspoon of pure locally produced organic honey stirred into a half glass of warm water with half a freshly squeezed lemon, a small pinch of chilli pepper and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Apricots (dried and chopped)
Blueberries or cranberries
Kiwi fruit (chopped skin left on)
The grated zest of half a lemon or one lime
Mixed nuts (including almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts)
Yoghurt (plain with live cultures)
Beverages throughout the day
Four cups of green tea with freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and any of the herbs listed above. Add three ground cloves to one cup of tea for additional Lyme disease fighting properties.
One litre of bottled mineral water (drink one full glass last thing before sleeping)
Cocoa made with goat's milk and a teaspoon of pure local organic honey and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg (drink before going to bed), This will aid sleep and provide the energy that the body needs to carry out repairs during sleep and cocoa is rich in zinc.
Snack when hungry
Two hard boiled egg yolks (mashed)
One avocado (mashed)
Half a teaspoon of turmeric
Dill (chopped fresh herb or a half teaspoon of dried dill)
Himalayan pink salt crystals or unrefined sea salt
Half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Parmesan cheese (grated)
NOTE: Egg whites contain a protein called avidin that binds to vitamin B7 (biotin) and so can lead to a deficiency of this important nutrient. Remove egg whites before hard boiling the yolks. To avoid wasting them why not whisk the whites until fluffy and use as a mask for dry skin or rashes that can be caused by Lyme disease. After applying leave on for five or 10 minutes then wash off and then use cold-pressed coconut oil as a moisturiser.
Chicken or lambs liver cooked in cold-pressed coconut oil
Aubergine (including skin)
Red bell pepper
Sweet potatoes (including skin)
Turnips or parsnips
Himalayan pink salt crystals or unrefined sea salt
NOTE: After chopping the onions and garlic, leave them to stand for ten minutes to allow the allicin to be produced. This is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compound the plant produces when it is damaged as a weapon against infections from microbes and has the same ability in the human body when consumed.
NOTE: Sprinkle some cold-pressed oil on the sweet potatoes and red bell peppers, such as coconut, nut, seed or olive oil, to absorb the fat soluble carotenoids that these vegetables contain.
Foods to include in the diet
Consuming all colours of fruits and vegetables everyday can help the body to recover very quickly as each colour contains different nutrients. Pick one of
the six colours of fruit and vegetables such as yellow/orange, white, red, green,
black/blue/purple and cream/brown. Nature has kindly colour coded natural food for us and each colour provides specific nutrients and minerals in the right balances which are required daily. At least one green leafy vegetable or herb should be consumed daily.
If appetite does not allow enough consumption, juice them or make teas by steeping them in hot water for 20 minutes, then strain and drink immediately to gain the nutrients without the bulk. Teas can be gently reheated and honey and lemon added to make them more palatable and to add additional beneficial nutrients.
Nature's Colour Codes page.
If the appetite is low also try blending steamed vegetables listed
with the herbs and spices listed and serving as a potage soup before a meal.
Similarly blend all the fruits together especially orange,
tangerine, lemon and papaya with nutmeg and honey to provide a tasty
nutritious smoothie which will aid speedy recovery.
Meat and eggs (three times a week)
Beef (lean grass-fed only), chicken (free-range), eggs (free-range and organic), organ meats (especially liver), rabbit and venison.
Dairy (yoghurt and milk daily and cheese three times a week)
Goat's milk, kefir milk,
parmesan cheese and yoghurt
(plain with live cultures)
(three times a week)
Anchovies, bloater fish,
salmon (wild only),
tuna (fresh only) and
whitebait and all other
Anchovies are high in sodium so not advised for those with high blood pressure. Deep sea fish and bottom dwelling shellfish can be contaminated with mercury so it is advisable to consume these with some algae, such as chlorella or spirulina, coriander and other green leafy vegetables or sulphur-rich foods which can chelate (bind to) mercury and eliminate it from the body.
Vegetables (a selection of at least
four different colours per day)
bell peppers (all colours),
seaweed, spinach, spring onions, Swede, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard,
turnips and watercress. Algae, such as chlorella and spirulina, contain many important nutrients and minerals often lacking in land-based crops. Take one tablespoon of one of them per day. Also consume three or four chopped garlic cloves per day. Let them and other allicin-producing plants, such as chives, leeks, onions and spring onions, stand for ten minutes to allow for the process, that produces allicin in these plants when they are damaged, to take place. Allicin has many powerful properties that benefit the health.
Grains and psuedo-grains (at least one per day)
barley, brown rice,
buckwheat, millet, oats,
Fruit (a selection of two or three
colours per day)
grapes (black or red),
NOTE: grapefruit can interact with many medications.
barley grass, chlorella, goji berries, maqui berries, raisins and spirulina.
Juice (pure, additive free, unsweetened - three glasses daily)
nasturtium (freshly pressed),
tangerine. See also Raw Juice Therapy for many raw juicing recipes.
(as snacks or added to meals daily. Best consumed with dried fruits to obtain the correct balance of vitamin C and E)
Brazil nuts (2 per week unless excessive sweating, through exercise or fever, has taken place, then eat 2 per day),
nuts and walnuts (5 per day).
watermelon. Hempseeds provide the correct balance of omega-6 (inflammatory) to omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids and should be consumed daily. A handful of pumpkin seeds can be sprinkled on any dish or in sandwiches daily and add many important nutrients.
(to be used as often as possible daily. Can be added to teas also)
chilli pepper, cinnamon, cloves (three ground), cumin, coriander,
Himalayan pink salt crystals,
nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours),
A teaspoon of turmeric should be consumed daily due to its powerful compounds that can prevent many ailments. Sprinkle on to egg, fish and vegetable dishes or on brown rice and other grains.
(cold-pressed only and used to cook with or dress vegetables and salads, especially with foods that contain fat-soluble nutrients, such as
carotene, to enable absorption)
a blend of
rice bran oils. Also take one capsule of cod liver or
krill oil daily, especially during the winter months between October and April in the Northern hemisphere.
(to be consumed and used as desired)
Aloe vera juice,
anise seed tea,
apple cider vinegar,
barley grass (dried as powder or juice),
caraway seed tea,
pine needle tea,
sauerkraut, tea and
tofu. Barley grass is one of the rare plants to contain vitamin B12 so is a useful addition to the diet of those that limit meat intake.
Non-heme iron is found in tea and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and
kale. However, tea and green leafy vegetables also contain oxalates that block
the absorption of
iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme
iron eat a couple
strawberries, a kiwi fruit or some
tangerine or mango at the same time.
NOTE: To benefit from foods containing
fat-soluble nutrients, such as the
carotenoids in carrots and tomatoes, always eat together with oily
fish, nut or other seed oils or
avocado because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are only
absorbed into the body along with fats and can then assist with the manufacture
of the essential
vitamin A nutrient.
Prevention of Lyme Disease
Homemade Natural Repellent Spray
In a spray bottle, mix 2 mugs of distilled white vinegar and 1 mug
of water. To make a scented solution (to eliminate the vinegar
odour) add 20 drops of any essential oil. Eucalyptus oil works as a
tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong
crisp scent that also repel ticks and mosquitoes. Other tick repelling essential oils to use are:
10 drops rosemary essential oil
7 drops cinnamon essential oil
3 drops cedar wood essential oil
3 drops of rose geranium oil.
2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin and hair before
going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay and
examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks
are on the body.
NOTE: Essential oil is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
Repellent for Pets
For pets, add 1 mug of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 mugs
of distilled white vinegar. Then add two spoonfuls of vegetable or
almond oil which both contain sulphur (another natural tick
Rose geranium essential oil is a good tick repellent for animals. Place a drop between the animal’s shoulder blades and at the base of the tail before going outside.
To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few
spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil or peppermint oil, any of which
will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented
repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from
sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. When
outdoors spray this solution on two to three times per day.
Plants that repel ticks
Chrysanthemums have a high level of natural pyrethrins that repel ticks. Other plants that repel ticks are geraniums, lavender and peppermint. Using the essential oils of these plants diluted in a spray bottle of water can help to repel ticks.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly
grasp the tick very close to the skin.
Don't squeeze it as squeezing can speed up infection.
With a steady motion pull the tick’s body away from the skin.
Then clean skin with soap and warm water.
Avoid crushing the tick’s body.
Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once
the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no
longer transmit disease.
If the tick is crushed, clean the skin with soap and warm water or
Don’t use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other
products to remove a tick
WHAT TO AVOID WHEN
All essential oils if pregnant or breast feeding. Also not suitable for children under 5.
Allspice if suffering from stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis.
Almonds, cabbage and kale, plums and prunes if suffering from gout, bladder stones, gallstones or kidney stones, joint problems, osteoporosis or thyroid gland problems.
Aloe vera, cats claw, dandelion, Echinacea and astragalus if pregnant or breast feeding or have high blood pressure.
Angelica (dong quai), cumin, ginger, Japanese knotweed, motherwort and turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) hormone therapies and contraception or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Chinese rhubarb root is not recommended for long term use
and not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women, children under twelve years of age, those who suffer from colitis or have
an intestinal obstruction or have a history of
kidney stones or
urinary problems, or if taking
anticoagulant (blood thinning) medicine or aspirin.
Chlorella and spirulina if suffering from a seafood or iodine allergy, a metabolic condition called phenylketonuria (PKU), multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. If pregnant or nursing or have hyperthyroidism, consult a healthcare provider before taking spirulina. It may interfere with medications to suppress the immune system.
Devil's claw if diabetic or taking blood pressure or blood-thinning medications.
Ginseng if pregnant or breast feeding or suffering from asthma, emphysema, fibrocystic breasts, high blood pressure, clotting problems and cardiac arrhythmia
Goji berries if taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure or anti-coagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin or aspirin.
Grapefruit can interact with many types of medications, such as statins or blood pressure medications amongst others, by reducing or increasing their effectiveness.
Land caltrop can cause foetal miscarriage and must be avoided by pregnant or breast feeding women or individuals with breast or prostate cancer. Excess consumption of land caltrop can cause sleep disturbances and irregular menstruation and high doses may adversely affect the eyes and liver.
Linden if suffering from heart disease or are pregnant or breast feeding or if taking diuretics as it could increase the concentration of lithium in the blood.
Liquorice root if suffering from high blood pressure, a
heart condition, oedema or are taking certain medications such as warfarin or diuretics.
Marshmallow herb if suffering with diabetes, alcohol dependency or liver disease or if pregnant or breast feeding.
Nettles if suffering from heart or kidney problems.
Poke root if pregnant or breast feeding and do not give to children.
Reishi mushrooms if taking medication for anti-hypertensive, blood sugar lowering medications and anti-coagulants or are pregnant.
Rosemary if pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from high blood pressure.
Sage if pregnant or suffering from epilepsy.
Scutellaria if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Senega root if hypersensitive to salicylates or aspirin or pregnant.
Siberian ginseng if suffering from
high blood pressure or
Swiss chard if there is an existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problem.
Whole nuts and seeds if suffering from diverticulitis (grind to a fine powder first).
NOTE: Motherwort may be habit forming.
Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications especially
cats claw, dandelion, and echinacea. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.
Avoid yohimbine and ginseng under any of the following circumstances:
Try to avoid any foods with additives such as
aspartame, refined and processed foods,
coffee, fizzy drinks,
sugar, table salt (use Himalayan pink crystals or unrefined sea salt), white flour and white rice (choose whole grains and brown or wild rice).
Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they
are organic because of the risk of
pesticides, herbicides and fungicides:
Mange toute peas
Nature Cures Pain and Inflammation for many natural remedies to
alleviate the pain that can be caused by Lyme disease.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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