It’s uncommon to find a pharmaceutical medication that improves health at a root-cause level. Certain antibiotics and other antimicrobials (such as those used in Lyme disease treatment) are technically root-cause medications because they address underlying infections. However, most other drugs in the conventional medical compendium treat symptoms, not the underlying causes of those symptoms. There […]
Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by a bite from an arthropod (insect or spider) vector, such as a deer tick. Lyme disease isn’t classically associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, at least not in the early stages of infection. However, a growing number of individuals with Lyme disease report gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, gut […]
Do you struggle with brain fog, joint pain, chronic fatigue, skin issues, or food sensitivities? If you do, you may have a “leaky” gut. “Leaky gut” is the colloquial term for “increased intestinal permeability,” a physiological phenomenon in which gaps develop between the cells that line the small intestine. These gaps allow substances to escape from the gut into the bloodstream, triggering an inflammatory response by the immune system that can adversely affect nearly every organ of the body. In my clinical practice, I often find leaky gut to be a significant problem in my clients with Lyme disease and mold illness. Repairing leaky gut is essential for restoring whole-body health, including promoting Lyme disease and mold illness recovery. Read on to learn about seven foods and nutrients you should include in your diet to support leaky gut repair.
A growing body of research indicates that environmental toxins hinder healthy immune function. Toxin-induced immune dysregulation may make it difficult to recover from chronic infections, such as Lyme disease. While our bodies are equipped with systems for removing toxins, these systems quickly become bogged down in our modern-day world due to the sheer number of toxins we face. Read on to learn how toxins compromise immune function and why detoxifying your body using science-based nutrition, lifestyle, and supplementation strategies can support healthy immune function and, if you have Lyme disease or another chronic infection, may assist you in your recovery.
I recently read a book that deeply resonated with me, The Comfort Crisis. This book made me think more about the factors that have been imperative in my recovery process from Lyme disease and other EAI (environmentally acquired illnesses). This brief article shares a few of my thoughts on how leaning into discomfort can help us heal from chronic illness, coming out on “the other side” stronger, healthier, and happier than before.
Many of my clients with Lyme disease and other chronic infections come to me with a lengthy list of food sensitivities. I do not doubt that there is a relationship between chronic infections and food sensitivities. I have experienced this connection firsthand, having dealt with severe histamine intolerance, salicylate sensitivity, FODMAP intolerance, and sulfur intolerance at various points in my Lyme journey. Read on to learn about the relationship between Lyme disease and food sensitivities, and how to get started on the path towards food sensitivity resolution and a expanded diet.