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acidity / alkaline

hi, does anyone have any diet ideas for helping to eliminate acidity in the body - I know I can 'google' for info. but wanted to share something I read that says - lyme thrives easier in an acidic enviroment rather than an alkaline one.

Am I right in thinking that fruit and veg. become alkaline - once broken down/ingested?

I would appreciate any help with this subject.

Thanks - gorbs x
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I agree with what you said and a diet that is non-alkaline is better for you and helps supress the symptoms.

Also not eating any sugar that is found in juices etc.

You should read Dr. B treatment for lyme. It talks about all the fruits, vegs to avoid during lyme.

some of these are no grapes.

The best fruits are avacados, lemon, limes, grapefruit.

Regarding vegetables anything green works like brocoli, asparagus, salad

Try and stay away from carrots, pototoes as they contatin starch which convert to sugar.

Regarding protein try chicken, turkey, tofu, fish, shrimp, nuts

This is hard for me and I try to do it avoid all caffeine and alchohol. My doctor said if you need to have some coffee or wine drink plenty of water before hand and afterwards to flush out the toxins. These above items are apparently major causes of inflamation (inflammation). I did notice an increase with some inflamation (inflammation) not much however.

Regarding wheat, gluten stay away from it. It's tough because so many items in the store contain wheat, gluten.

Basically, my doctor said as a rule of thumb during this time eat things that come from the ground except of course the wheat and some veggs that I mentioned.

also, drink plenty of water. I found that this is a major help for me especailly during this time when I',m feeling terrible and also during herx's.

I can also give you a list of supplements that have helped me with brain fog, numbness, tingling.

One thing about eating a non-alkaline diet is that that pounds came off and eating this way has helped me keep them off.

Avatar f tn
JKV's advice above is good.  Like JKV, after almost 4 months on a restricted diet, I am feeling way better -- I hadn't thought about my "more alkaline/less acid" diet helping with Lyme, but maybe that's one reason I am feeling better.

Taped to the kitchen wall here is a list of alkaline foods from a UK website called EnergiseForLife [dot] com / list_of_alkaline_foods [dot] php.  It's quite a decent list and gives ideas I wouldn't have thought of.

The right side of the list are acid foods, and tho I have drawn big red X's through that side of the list, I keep it to remind me what NOT to eat.  (I know it's a UK site because it spells 'energize' as 'energise' and calls a 'zucchini' a 'courgette', though it took me while to figure that last one out.  :)

I have also lost a good bit of weight, about 30 to 35 lbs (sorry, can't do the metric conversion!) ... make it upwards of 2 stone, and I never go hungry.

It seems odd at first that lemons and limes are on the "OK" list, because they are acidic, but apparently they result in alkaline effects in the body.  Drinking water is boring for me, but with a bit of fresh lemon or lime juice, it's quite tasty.

Interestingly, carrots are on the 'alkaline' list, tho JKV advises to stay away in his/her message above.  Because I have been fighting a systemic yeast infection, I have been avoiding sugars, starches and grains entirely, but do fine with carrots, tho I do skip potatoes as JKV advises.  I prepare virtually all my own food from fresh meat/seafood and produce, which is not as much work as I thought it would be and it's quite tasty.  I am also off dairy (tho unsweetened soy milk or almond milk is supposed to be okay), but no or low calcium is bad for the bones, so calcium supplements are perhaps a good idea along with other supplements.

I do recommend the 'energise for life' list --

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Thankyou both for all the info. - I am sure 'others' will find it useful too.

I can't imagine life without 'coffee' - I don't like the de-caff. stuff - obviously doesn't give the same effect - ie; kick-start the day!!

I can't drink alcohol - since lyme - makes me feel sooooo much worse. I will try to stick to two 'weak' coffee's in the mornings.

I had never heard of 'zucchini' ! - I am not keen on 'courgette's' either!!!

I will dig deep and find some will-power - I am not a 'fussy' eater - I will eat most things [food that is]!

Thanks again

gorbs x
Avatar f tn
can you list some of the foods you have taped to the frig? I would love some more ideas on other alkaline foods.

I tried de-caf as well and it's not the same. My daughter works for Starbucks and brings me de-caf all the time. I've notced that since having lyme my tastebuds aren't the same.

Some foods taste bitter.

I aggee that the alcohol makes you feel worse. My doctor said that it causes inflammation which is so true.

Anyway, that food list would be awesome. Janice
Avatar f tn
Janice --

The alkaline foods list is pretty long (which is nice!  lots to choose from) and is at the website mentioned in the message above:  EnergiseForLife [dot] com / list_of_alkaline_foods [dot] php.  

Gorbs --

re courgettes:  they are the staff of life for me!  The nice speckled ones, good and firm, fresh off the vine.  I always use 'extra virgin' olive oil, heat it a bit in a saucepan, put in a little dry or fresh basil, then add minced garlic and then sliced onion; sautee till the onion is soft.  The basil, garlic and onion are optional.

Add the zucchini sliced 1/4" thick, stir for a few minutes to get it covered with the oil and it heats a bit, then add a little water to the pan, put the lid on, reduce the heat when the water has started to bubble a bit.  

When the seeds in the zucchini begin to be visible because the 'meat' of the zucchini has turned a different color from the area around the seeds, they are done.  Add an optional dash or two of balsamic vinegar, cover for a minute, and voila.  Salt to taste.  

With or without pasta.  With or without Parmesan or Romano cheese.  Okay, this sounds complicated, but it's not!!!  

Tasty, healthy, easy and cheap -- my four favorite qualities in food.  :)
Avatar m tn
As far as turning the body alkaline, there are many ways; in fact, even a proper amount of relaxation through whatever means gets the job done (walk, meditation, music) can create an alkaline environment.  The #1 contributor to acidity in the body is not food, it's toxicity in the air and stress.

An easy way to attempt to create an alkaline body without having to do all kinds of nutso things is to drink at least 3/4 of your body weight in ounces every single day of straight, ionized, filtered and alkaline water.  I have a friend who is encouraging her child to drink as much to help with the effects of lyme.  

You can also get an ebook on acidity which lists acid/alkaline foods and beverages here:
Avatar f tn
You may consider diet modification "nutso", but it works for me.

Would also be interested to see on what you base the statement that the "#1 contributor to acidity in the body is not food, it's toxicity in the air and stress."  

Stress does contribute to many unhealthy states, I am sure, because it affects the immune system, but ... the "#1contributor"?  Doubtful.  

That's part of the school that says we sickly people bring it on ourselves.  Beg to differ.
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Hello - I know that stress/anxiety can up-set our bodies 'balance' - as basically the stress response over-rides the normal functioning of things - relaxation is the key - I think the best 'plan' is to eat as naturally as poss. - I don't fancy digging and planting though!! - then again growing your own fodder and/or gardening in general is apparently a great stress buster - though some day's just picking-up the spade would be too much for me!!!

I have noticed - on the topic of water - if I am in a lot of horrible stabbing/wandering type pain - it often occurs to me that I haven't been drinking much of anything - a couple of 'big' glasses of water does help me start to feel 'better'.

It is all a bit of a juggling act - if I drink a lot then I am out of bed every couple of hours and so can feel jittery from lack of sleep !!

I like the old saying '' a little of what you fancy does you good'' - oh! yeah - and ''everything in moderation'' - [don't know if those are 'exclusively' english!]

I guess 'balance' is the ideal.
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