Detoxing for Lyme Disease
Killing Lyme bacteria is only half the battle. Detoxing is a vital part of fighting Lyme Disease as well as aiding in relief from a herxheimer reaction (also known as die-off, release of endotoxins). Antibiotics will kill the bacteria but the body must detox to remove the endotoxins that the spirochetes release once they are killed. Detoxification is a means of cleansing the blood by removing impurities. Toxins are eliminated through the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin.
Some Detox methods recommended for Lyme include:
- Apple Cider Vinegar:
o When the body is ill, its pH becomes acidic. Apple Cider Vinegar will help to alkalize the body to return to homeostasis.
o How To Use: Add 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to water and drink.
o Caution: Apple Cider Vinegar is an anti-fungal. If you are also dealing with a Candida infection, the use of apple cider vinegar may induce a herxheimer reaction rather than reduce.
o Chlorella binds to toxins and aides in prevention of reabsorption of the toxin in the digestive tract.
o How To Use: Take on an empty stomach. Works best in combination with Cilantro.
- Activated Charcoal:
o Adheres to endotoxins responsible for herxheimer reactions.
o How To Use: Consume within a few hours of a protocol. May be taken as a tablet, powder, or capsule.
- Coffee Enema:
o Stimulates production of glutathionone S-transferase (GST) in the liver. GST is a powerful enzyme that binds to, metabolizes, and removes toxic substances from the body.
o How To Use: Strain 3 tablespoons of organic ground coffee and mix with room temperature water in enema bag. Administer into the rectum. Hold the coffee for 5-15 minutes, and then clear from the colon.
o Caution: Do NOT hold the coffee for any longer than 15 minutes as it may be absorbed into the body at a greater concentration than desired; which can be unhealthy.
- Colon Hydrotherapy aka Colonic or Colon Cleansing:
o A type of procedure in which water, and sometimes herbs and probiotics, is injected into the rectum to remove unwanted components from the colon.
- Epsom Salt Bath:
o How To Use: Pour 2-4 cups of Epsom Salt into a warm bath (may also add Hydrogen Peroxide) and soak for 20-40 minutes. (May add ginger or pink sea salt to increase sweating).
o Caution: Avoid too hot of water as it may have the opposite effect and cause die off by killing spirochetes.
o The magnesium in the Epsom salt relaxes the muscles and the sulfur in the Epsom salt produces bile which transports toxins from the liver to the colon.
- Dry Skin Brushing:
o Stimulates lymphatic system
o How To Use: Use a natural bristle brush to clear the pores. This is most commonly used before an Epsom Salt Bath.
- Lemon Water:
o Lemons cleanse the body of toxins.
o How To Use: Squeeze 2 whole lemons in 1 cup water; sip over 30 minutes.
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage:
o Stimulates the lymph flow from the lymphatic system.
o The lymphatic system is responsible for collecting toxins from cells; thus allowing the body to remove them through sweat, bowel movements, and urine.
o How To Use: It is important to locate a lymph massage certified masseuse. These massages are recommended 2-4 times a month.
o Caution: Avoid deep tissue or deep muscle massages because these may expel toxins from the tissue and leave you feeling worse for 1-2 days.
- Vitamin C:
o Helps the body produce glutathione.
o How To Use: May be given via IV therapy.
- Infrared Sauna:
o Body rids of toxins through sweat.
o How To Use: Recommended 2 times a week.
o Caution: AVOID if you have heat intolerance, i.e. dysautonomia.
- Light Exercise:
o When the muscles contract, the lymphatic system is stimulated which transports toxins.
o Sweating will expel toxins through the skin.
- Bentonite Clay:
o Very strong electrical negative charge, which helps bonds to the positive charge of toxins to help remove them from the skin and body.
o Pulls hydrogen from the cells, allowing for oxygen.
o How To Use: Two ways to utilize bentonite clay:
§ Mask: Mix with water and apply to face and arm pits
§ Detoxifying bath: Add ¼ cup of clay and lavender essential oil to bath water
If suffering from an acute herxheimer reaction, try one of these detox methods:
- Epsom Salt Bath:
o Discussed Above
- Burbur Detox:
o Cleanses the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and blood.
o How To Use: Sold as a tincture. Apply 10 drops of Burbur into 4 ounces of water. Wait one minute before consuming; repeat until herx has passed.
- Milk Thistle:
o Continuously cleanses the body of endotoxins.
o How To Use: Capsule. Take as directed on bottle.
- Cruciferous Vegetables:
o Increases the detox activity of cells in the liver.
o Examples of cruciferous vegetables include: kale, collard greens, cabbage.
o How To Use: Steam Kale for 2 minutes or Collard Greens for 4 minutes to keep the living enzymes they contain alive. Then add Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Diced Avocado and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
o Caution: These contain high levels of sulfer so be careful if you have a sulfur sensitivity or high levels of mercury.
- Alka-Seltzer Gold:
o Over the counter, antacid that will help alkalinize the body.
o How To Use: Dissolve two tablets in a glass of water to drink. (May also be beneficial to add lemon juice).
Things To Remember:
- Do NOT put toxins in.
o Diet- i.e. organic foods, no alcohol, avoid sugar, etc.
- Take a probiotic
o Detoxifies digestive tract and promotes healthy gut flora.
- Drink lots of water
o Drink ½ body weight in ounces daily. This will help flush the kidneys.
- Intake fiber.
o 3+ servings/day.
o Binds to toxins and promotes regular bowel movements.
- Avoid dairy
o Dairy products are highly inflammatory
- Deep Breathing
o Releases gases from the lungs
o At least 30 deep breaths a day