Integrative Medicine Blog

Practicing a Healthy Lifestyle to Help Manage Lyme

Eric C. Sharer MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Sunday, May 10, 2015

Managing the stress of Lyme with a healthy lifestyle: Diet, Exercise/Physical Activity, Sleep, and Stress Management.

Due to the potential immense stress a tick bite infection can cause on the body, the Stram Center believes it is essential to embrace a healthy lifestyle to help better manage your treatment plan and to promote optimal recovery. A healthy lifestyle can be defined in many ways, but the Stram Center feels it is important to optimize the following four areas: Diet, Exercise/ Physical Activity, Sleep, and Stress Management.

Inflammation is simply irritation in the body. If we have too much inflammation in the body, it can create an environment where Lyme Disease or other potential co-infections can thrive. What we eat can either fuel inflammation or help to put the inflammation out. For this reason many patients benefit from limiting and avoiding dairy products, refined grains, animal protein and poultry, and increasing intake of plant-based foods.

Equally as important as controlling inflammation is also focusing on promoting optimal blood sugar management. Blood sugar is the main fuel for our brain, organs, and muscles. What we eat directly impacts our immune system. If our blood sugar fluctuates rapidly during the day due to our diet, it can promote inflammation, weaken the immune system, and may actually intensify certain symptoms such as headache, fatigue, trouble concentrating, etc. For this reason, the Stram Center recommends optimal blood sugar management as part of managing lyme disease.

See the link below for a healthy, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free recipe that can be a great addition to any lunch or dinner.

Healthy Southwestern Quinoa Recipe