Food and diet
As mentioned in the diet section of my NEW book – Lyme Natural (to be published very soon :), the patient’s diet must be as wholesome and as organic as possible.
It is best to prepare meals from scratch as opposed to buying pre-made processed food. Of course, this may not always be possible, however, minimizing the amount of toxins a patient consumes decreases the load on their digestive, liver and immune systems and increases the chance they have of a successful recovery. The bodies energy that would otherwise be spent dealing with food toxins can now be put to the task of healing the body – boosted by the influx of good quality organic produce. The foods that most negatively affect chronic patients are processed foods with colours, preservatives and artificial sweeteners, gluten containing foods, dairy, alcohol, and sugar.
Avoid toxins and perfumes
Patients may complain of symptoms suddenly becoming worse due to smells around them such as perfumes, hair products, cleaning products, chlorine in pools, air fresheners, weed killers, cigarette smoke, mould and even the smell of fabric conditioners on clothes.
This is a genuine multi-chemical sensitivity (MCS) and may make the patient feel dizzy, nauseous, anxious or bring on sudden fatigue. Symptoms such as these can be confusing since anyone else around may not feel as the patient does so the patient often gets blamed for ‘over-reacting’, being difficult, awkward or imagining smells.
Chronic Lyme and stealth infected patients are a lot more sensitive to toxic smells and may react instantly when exposed.
This can be challenging to deal with in every day life, but changing habits to use unscented, cleaner natural and environmentally friendly products may help and will also be more beneficial to all those around.
Caring for self
Self care is absolutely vital and putting your self first is some times needed in order to help the needs of others.
This means, as a carer you must eat healthy foods, rest well and have a balanced life of exercise, social activities and personal rest time to recharge. It is important to be prepared and as organized as possible and seek the right support and ensure time for self. If your own needs are met, then you will be better able to help support the needs of those you care for too.
is highly recommended when caring for a partner or family member to ensure healthy communication of your needs and feelings. For specialized counselling, in-clinic, Skype and phone consultations are offered at www.noosaholistichealth.com with one of our professional counsellors or psychologists.
There will be ups and downs, but with the right help and support the ‘up’ days will increase and the odd normal ‘down’ days will be a lot easier to deal with 🙂
© Amina Eastham-Hillier 2017