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.

-          Chlorella:

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