How To Prepare a "Lymie Kit"
Because each person afflicted with Lyme is affected in different ways by the bacteria and has a different combination of co-infections, they will have any number of diverse symptoms, which need to be treated with a unique protocol. I am not a medical professional, but after conducting research and polling quite a few of my fellow "Lymies," I've assembled a list of items that everyone fighting Lyme should have in their arsenal.
Diet adjustments are a vitally important aspect of treating Lyme and its co-infections. Certain foods contain chemicals and enzymes with properties that will help the body fight the infection and cleanse itself of the resulting toxins. Some of the most beneficial foods include the following.
- Lemon Juice
- Fresh Ginger
- Raw Honey - "raw" honey has more active enzymes because it has never been heated over 117(F)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
Lyme treatment is a long and complex process. Relief does not come immediately. Therefore, it's necessary for Lyme patients to find tips and tricks that can help alleviate their pain in the meantime as well as make everyday tasks easier.
- Heating Pad
- Hot Water Bottle
- Pillows of Various Sizes (to help align the body when lying down)
- Straws/Sippy Cups
- Comfy, Stretchy PJ pants
- Flexible Ice Packs (Liquid/Gel Filled)
Remember, I am not a medical professional! It is always wise to consult with a doctor before starting any regimen. However, there are certain nutrients that the bacteria rob the body of. After I polled several hundred Lyme patients, I found that the following were required by virtually all of them.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D & Calcium (should be taken together)
- Cat's Claw* (find a company that only uses the bark, not the whole plant)
*May cause Herxheimer reaction. Consult a doctor before use, if possible.
In the middle of a Herx, you don't want to be driving to the store for detox bath supplies.
Other Helpful Products
Whether it's the ingredients for a sanity-saving detox bath (click here for preparation video), or a cream to help calm screaming joints, there are a few additional items that you'll want to keep handy if you're dealing with Lyme.
- Epsom Salt & Baking Soda
- Tea Tree Oil
- Trumeel, IcyHot, or other self-heating or joint inflammation cream
- Good Chapstick (Personally, I like Lip Medex by Blistex)
- Pen & Paper or other Recording Device