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Top 5 Ways to Detoxify when you have Lyme disease

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As you probably know, dealing with Lyme disease or any chronic infection is certainly no walk in the park. Symptoms can linger on before, during and even after treatment, regardless of the kind you choose. One thing that really matters is the terrain (your body!) in which the germs live. The healthier your terrain, the worse off it is for the germs. It’s not just about killing the bugs. We have to make it undesirable for the bugs to want to live inside of us. One way we can do this is by detoxifying or removing substances that shouldn’t be there in the first place. Our body is well equipped to detoxify on it’s own but in today’s world we need all the help we can get. We are exposed to more chemicals and toxins than ever before. Not to mention all the toxins that are made directly by the bugs themselves! So here are a few tips on moving things out.

  1. Clean eating: That’s right, diet is number one! Stop putting in garbage. Eat only quality food, organic as much as possible, especially with animal products. For produce, look up the dirty dozen and clean 15, this will tell you which you should buy organic and which don’t have to be. Ease up on or cut out sugar and gluten, the bugs love these foods and they will keep your body in an inflammatory state, which could mean more flare up of symptoms.
  2. Support your liver: Your liver is responsible for too many things to list here but most importantly it removes the garbage from your blood and sends it down to your intestines for removal. To help the process along eat foods such as apples, beets, dandelion greens and olive oil. Move your body daily as exercise helps. Take a quality multivitamin daily, meaning don’t buy it at Wal-Mart or these types of stores! You can also try liposomal glutathione, the master antioxidant and detoxification agent in our body. Lastly, avoid alcohol.
  3. Support your intestines: They are responsible for moving the garbage out daily through bowel movements. In order for this to happen you need to be well hydrated, aim to get at least half your body weight in ounces from mostly water on a regular basis. Make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet; good sources are fruit, vegetables, legumes and seeds. You can also consider a fiber supplement, enemas and in severe cases colonics.
  4. Sweat it out: Your skin is not only the largest organ in the body but great at removing toxins. This can be done in many ways. If you can get into an infrared sauna, that’s your best bet, if not try bathing in Epsom salt or clay. Jacuzzi or steam room may also be helpful. Exercise is great too if you are strong enough to partake.
  5. Herbs and supplements: There is a lot to choose from out there in this category so I will just mention a few of the best ones. I mentioned glutathione above and want to mention it again. Herbs include milk thistle and garlic. Great minerals and vitamins are magnesium and vitamin C. For heavy metals: zeolite, clay, chlorella and charcoal are winners. Just remember when starting anything new in this category to go very slow and work your way into it to avoid a strong detox reaction and make sure you are already doing numbers 1-3.

As you probably know, dealing with Lyme disease or any chronic infection is certainly no walk in the park. Symptoms can linger on before, during and even after treatment, regardless of the kind you choose. One thing that really matters is the terrain (your body!) in which the germs live. The healthier your terrain, the worse off it is for the germs. It’s not just about killing the bugs. We have to make it undesirable for the bugs to want to live inside of us. One way we can do this is by detoxifying or removing substances that shouldn’t be there in the first place. Our body is well equipped to detoxify on it’s own but in today’s world we need all the help we can get. We are exposed to more chemicals and toxins than ever before. Not to mention all the toxins that are made directly by the bugs themselves! So here are a few tips on moving things out.

  1. Clean eating: That’s right, diet is number one! Stop putting in garbage. Eat only quality food, organic as much as possible, especially with animal products. For produce, look up the dirty dozen and clean 15, this will tell you which you should buy organic and which don’t have to be. Ease up on or cut out sugar and gluten, the bugs love these foods and they will keep your body in an inflammatory state, which could mean more flare up of symptoms.
  2. Support your liver: Your liver is responsible for too many things to list here but most importantly it removes the garbage from your blood and sends it down to your intestines for removal. To help the process along eat foods such as apples, beets, dandelion greens and olive oil. Move your body daily as exercise helps. Take a quality multivitamin daily, meaning don’t buy it at Wal-Mart or these types of stores! You can also try liposomal glutathione, the master antioxidant and detoxification agent in our body. Lastly, avoid alcohol.
  3. Support your intestines: They are responsible for moving the garbage out daily through bowel movements. In order for this to happen you need to be well hydrated, aim to get at least half your body weight in ounces from mostly water on a regular basis. Make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet; good sources are fruit, vegetables, legumes and seeds. You can also consider a fiber supplement, enemas and in severe cases colonics.
  4. Sweat it out: Your skin is not only the largest organ in the body but great at removing toxins. This can be done in many ways. If you can get into an infrared sauna, that’s your best bet, if not try bathing in Epsom salt or clay. Jacuzzi or steam room may also be helpful. Exercise is great too if you are strong enough to partake.
  5. Herbs and supplements: There is a lot to choose from out there in this category so I will just mention a few of the best ones. I mentioned glutathione above and want to mention it again. Herbs include milk thistle and garlic. Great minerals and vitamins are magnesium and vitamin C. For heavy metals: zeolite, clay, chlorella and charcoal are winners. Just remember when starting anything new in this category to go very slow and work your way into it to avoid a strong detox reaction and make sure you are already doing numbers 1-3.