First of all, THANK YOU, to my readers and everyone who has visited this website. In less than 4.5 years, and with no promotion except word-of-mouth, it’s hard for me to believe everyone is finding Knowlyme through search engines. But, honestly- that’s exactly how I found the information I’ve needed to recover from Lyme and continue to improve my health in all areas. I’m just glad that this website is helping so many people. It’s a humbling experience, and it proves that we are NOT alone- and we all have something to share with our Lyme disease experience to help other people. I learn so much from people about health related topics every day, if I’m really listening and paying attention! 😉
Secondly, I just found a great video from Gary Null I’d like to share about what foods and supplements are effective in fighting inflammation and therefore pain. This is good info for anybody dealing with Lyme and co-infections, as well as the average person who experiences pain, swelling and inflammation for any reason. Even injuries! I’d like to note that dairy and sugar have always created pain and inflammation in my body, and we all need to pay attention to how we feel after we eat certain foods so we can rule out what gives us problems. Every person is going to be slightly different as to what foods cause pain to flare up, as we are all unique with our genetics and our histories.
However- very common food sensitivities are to sugar, carbs (complex OR simple), wheat & gluten, soy, dairy (which is loaded with sugar, hormones, antibiotics, etc…), MSG and food additives, artificial flavorings (including “natural flavor”, ironically!), GMO’s and for some people meat and animal proteins. Gary is vegan, but I do still consume some animal protein, mainly in the form of grass fed beef, fish, chicken, and eggs. Nuts and seeds are also a huge part of my diet, as are good fats- like coconut & olive oil, and avocadoes.
Good fats are essential for the nervous and endocrine systems to function correctly, among many other things- they are NOT the bad foods we have been led to believe. Processed oils and fats (such as margarine, vegetable oil, transfats, etc…) cause a LOT of problems in the body, including pain and inflammation that can lead to many diseases and illnesses down the road. Eggs are a favorite food of mine, containing good fats (and even cholesterol, which our body needs and levels CAN get too low, believe it or not) and also lecithin, which helps our bodies digest and assimilate the fat and cholesterol in the egg.
Please enjoy this video, which is full of many different ideas on how our foods can be our medicine, like in the old adage, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” In other words- eat the right foods and there is no need for medicine!
In my next post, I’d like to talk about natural supplements that have anti-inflammatory properties. Gary Null does mention some in the video, as well. There are so many natural things to reach for in both food and supplements that can nip pain and inflammation in the bud. This can greatly reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceutical pain-killers and anti-inflammatories, both of which often come with some hefty and very serious (even deadly) side effects. Tylenol ALONE causes over 40,000 deaths a year… Yikes!!! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I knew a woman who took Aleve every day for years, with no problems until one day she started bleeding internally and almost died before she could get to the hospital. The doctor told her she was lucky to be alive, after losing so much blood. So, we’re not just talking about feeling better and being healthier by reducing our dependence on medicines, this includes living longer and more vital lives as well. Most of the anti-inflammatory foods and supplements also have anti-aging properties (because inflammation speeds up aging and leads to premature death). So we can also look better while we’re feeling better, too!