Inflammation Diet and Lyme Disease

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Ticks have been a nuisance to us for awhile. When we had horses and I was at the stables we made sure that we checked the dogs, kids and everyone there for ticks at the end of the day. If we found one, we would light a match, blow it out, and touch the tic on the back to make him pull out of the skin and fall off. Back then, there was not much discussion about Lyme Disease from a hard tic, or Tic-Borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF) transmitted from some soft shelled tic’s. They can feed very quickly, causing disease.

Some of the different types of tics, and there are over 900 different species: American Dog Tick, Eastern Blacklegged Tick, otherwise known as a Deer Tick, Golf Coast Tick, Lone Star Tick, Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, Western Blacklegged Tick, and Soft Ticks. The American Dog Tick are found primarily east of the Rocky Mountains, and Deer Ticks are also found in these regions also.

Recently a friend of mine found what she thought was a funny looking mole (not attractive looking) on her back and asked me to take a look. So I did. It looked to me like it could be a cancerous mole, so I advised her to go to a dermatologist to have them take a look at it! She asked me to go along. And so I did. As soon as the doctor took his first look at the mole he said, “that’s not a mole, its a tick”! I could not believe it. It was so far embedded into her back that you could not tell it was a tick. The tick was removed and she was prescribed an antibiotic. Everything turned out good for her.

I know another person who was bitten and got Lyme Disease. He didn’t know that he had been bitten. He works outside in the summer. He started suffering with symptoms that were misdiagnosed, and this could be deadly!! Some of the symptoms of Early Lyme Disease are: Fatigue, Headaches, the “Bull’s Eye” rash, Fever, Sweats, Chills, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Neck pain, and trouble Sleeping. It is often diagnosed as Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, which is a chronic condition with no cure. It is considered to be an autoimmune disease. I found this diet for inflammation which could help with the symptoms of Lyme Disease and other anti-inflammatory diseases.

Inflammation and Diet

By Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

Inflammation is a protective process you are probably more familiar with than you think. It’s the body’s method of healing itself in response to an injury or exposure to a harmful substance. This is useful when, for example, skin is healing from a cut; however, inflammation is not always beneficial.

Chronic (or ongoing) inflammation occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells leading to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, states of immune deficiency like Crohn’s disease or skin conditions like psoriasis. Underlying chronic inflammation also may play a role in heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Evidence supporting the impact of specific foods on inflammation in the body is limited. We know that some foods have the capacity to suppress inflammation, but it’s unclear how often and how much is needed for this benefit. Though there’s promising research for the impact of foods like fatty fish, berries and tart cherry juice, beware of anything touted as an anti-inflammatory miracle.

“Current science advocates overall good nutrition to help enhance the body’s immune system and provide antioxidants to reduce inflammatory stress,” explains Cheryl Orlansky, registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator.

“Healthy fats, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, reduce inflammation and help regulate membrane function,” says Orlansky. These types of fats should be included in a healthy diet. “Remove those fats that turn on inflammatory processes, such as saturated fat from meats, butter, cream sauces, fried foods and trans fat found in many processed foods,” Orlansky says.

That’s the way to go versus focusing on one specific “superfood.”

Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Luckily, eating with reduced inflammation in mind may be easier than you think.

  • Let fruits and vegetables make up at least half your plate at meals. Take care to regularly fit in fresh, frozen or dried berries and cherries. Be sure to eat a variety of vegetables, including leafy greens like kale, chard and Brussels sprouts.
  • Opt for plant-based sources of protein like beans, nuts and seeds.
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined ones. Swap brown, black or wild rice for white rice; whole oats or barley for cream of wheat; and whole-wheat bread instead of white.
  • Swap heart-healthy fats for not so healthy ones. Olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds are a few delicious choices.
  • Choose fatty fish like salmon, sardines and anchovies to get a heart-healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Season your meals with fresh herbs and spices. They pack a flavorful and antioxidant-rich punch.

Though diet is important, it’s not the only factor. Quality and duration of sleep and other lifestyle factors can have a direct impact on inflammation.

Overall, to avoid issues with chronic inflammation, make it your mission to achieve a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, get adequate sleep and age in regular physical activity.

“Healthy fats, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, reduce inflammation and help regulate membrane function,” says Orlansky. These types of fats should be included in a healthy diet. “Remove those fats that turn on inflammatory processes, such as saturated fat from meats, butter, cream sauces, fried foods and trans fat found in many processed foods,” Orlansky says.

That’s the way to go versus focusing on one specific “superfood.”

Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Luckily, eating with reduced inflammation in mind may be easier than you think.

  • Let fruits and vegetables make up at least half your plate at meals. Take care to regularly fit in fresh, frozen or dried berries and cherries. Be sure to eat a variety of vegetables, including leafy greens like kale, chard and Brussels sprouts.
  • Opt for plant-based sources of protein like beans, nuts and seeds.
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined ones. Swap brown, black or wild rice for white rice; whole oats or barley for cream of wheat; and whole-wheat bread instead of white.
  • Swap heart-healthy fats for not so healthy ones. Olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds are a few delicious choices.
  • Choose fatty fish like salmon, sardines and anchovies to get a heart-healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Season your meals with fresh herbs and spices. They pack a flavorful and antioxidant-rich punch.

Though diet is important, it’s not the only factor. Quality and duration of sleep and other lifestyle factors can have a direct impact on inflammation.

Overall, to avoid issues with chronic inflammation, make it your mission to achieve a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, get adequate sleep and engage in regular physical activity.

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