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  • Your Lyme disease diet should primarily be anti-inflammatory, since inflammation is responsible for the majority of its symptoms
  • Generally, you should eat more whole foods that are rich in nutrients

Healing from Lyme disease is usually a very long process. However, making dietary modifications may be one of the best steps you can take on your recovery back to health. According to naturopath Dr. Nicola McFadzean, author of “The Lyme Diet: Nutritional Strategies for Healing from Lyme Disease”:1

“The role of nutrition is central not so much in the actual bug-killing, but in the underlying strength and resilience of your health. Immune support, inflammation management, hormone regulation and detoxification functions can all be vitally influenced by your nutritional intake.”

The diet of individuals with Lyme disease should primarily consist of anti-inflammatory foods, as inflammation is responsible for the majority of symptoms. Here are some of the foods that you should eliminate from your diet:2

  • Refined sugars — Sugar not only feeds the Lyme-causing spirochetes3 but also suppresses your immune system.4 It also feeds Candida, a common Lyme disease co-infection.5 Avoid sugary foods such as soda, candy, baked pastries and fruit juices, to ensure that your immune function is working optimally. Even fruits should be eaten in small servings because they contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health in high amounts.
  • Gluten — Gluten, the protein found in wheat, is one of the main culprits when it comes to inflammation in the body.6 It also causes Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine and cause respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal symptoms. About 1 in 100 people today have Celiac disease.7
  • Vegetable oils — Vegetable oils such as soy, corn, sunflower and palm oil contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acid, which can trigger inflammation. Avoid eating foods that are cooked in these vegetable oils, such as fried fast food meals like French fries and onion rings.8

What You Should Be Eating to Help With Lyme Recovery

Now that you’re aware of the foods to avoid, you need to learn the ones that you should include in your diet. Generally, you should eat more nutritious whole foods that can help boost your immune system, including:

  • Animal-based omega-3 fat — Omega-3 fats may help reduce inflammation in the body.9 One of the good sources of this is fatty fish such as wild Alaskan salmon. Make sure the fish you are eating is wild-caught and free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Fermented vegetables and other traditionally cultured foods To ensure that your immune system is functioning at its peak, you should optimize your gut flora.10 Remember that most inflammatory diseases begin in the gut due to an imbalanced microbiome.
  • Leafy greens — Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens contain powerful antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids, all of which may help protect against cellular damage. This assists in addressing joint pain, a very common symptom of Lyme disease.11,12

If you have limited access to nutritious whole foods, taking a dietary supplement would be beneficial. For instance, you can take a krill oil supplement to help fight inflammation.13 There are also high-quality probiotic supplements that can assist in boosting your immune system.14 Supplementing with the antioxidant astaxanthin may also help relieve joint pain and neutralize inflammation-causing toxins.15,16

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