What’s In Your Health Supplement? A Guide To Make Well’s DTC Plus

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Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can cause debilitating symptoms. The illness starts in many cases much like the flu, but if left untreated or ignored because of the common flu-like symptoms, it can progress to something much worse. The bacteria that causes Lyme disease can lead to:

  • Arthritis
  • Cognitive disfunction
  • Impaired sleep
  • Nerve damage
  • Lowered immune function
  • Carditis
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Gastrointestinal issues

Antibiotics are the first line of defence against Lyme disease. However, Lyme disease bacteria can lay dormant within the body for years, making it hard to treat. It can also mimic many other conditions, which can lead to misdiagnosis, thus prolonging the start of treatment. For those diagnosed with Lyme disease in the later stages, managing symptoms after an antibiotics course is the only way to recover.

Nutritional guidance for Lyme disease patients

Many of the problems caused by Lyme disease can be helped through diet. The average industrial diet is full of processed foods, foods high in sugar, and other unhealthy additives. When it comes to treating chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease, a diet rich in wholefoods, fruits and vegetables is a principal part of treatment.

Foods that fight inflammation can help lower chronic pain levels by providing the body with important nutrients. These foods include:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Fatty fish
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes
  • Green tea
  • Avocados
  • Ginger

Another way diet can improve symptoms of Lyme disease is by giving the body the vital nutrients it needs to help ward off other chronic symptoms. Foods that will lead to a heightened immune system are advised for patients suffering from chronic Lyme disease, because the immune system will help ward off any further infection if it’s functioning properly.

Supportive treatment for Lyme disease

Other than antibiotics and dietary suggestions, treatment plans for Lyme disease often come with other supportive tools. Exercise can help increase immune function, so it is suggested that Lyme patients participate in light daily exercise to help the body recover from the debilitating disease. It can also assist in the management of symptoms such as arthritis and muscle aches and pains.

Additionally, drinking an average minimum of 2.5 litres of water (or other unsweetened drink) per day contributes to detoxification of the body. In many Lyme patients, increased levels of heavy metals or bacterial endotoxins can be problematic, which means detoxification is an important factor during treatment.

Make Well’s DTC Plus supplement

Taking supplements can also help in the battle against Lyme disease. Make Well’s DTC Plus supplement was designed to aid Lyme patients with all-natural ingredients free of any additives, pesticides, or other heavy metals that could lead to further toxicity and a harder recovery.

Chlorella pyrenoidosa

This microalgae is considered to be a superfood. Superfoods are hailed as being significant helpers in the fight against infections as well as overall health. Chlorella pyrenoidosa is found in fresh water, and is full of chlorophyll. According to some reports, chlorophyll can aid in the detoxification of  the body.

Cranberry

Cranberry is used as an aid in urinary tract health because of its ability to inhibit bacteria’s ability to stick to the walls of the bladder. Cranberries are also full of antioxidant properties and contain high amounts of many essential compounds:

  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Copper

The health benefits of cranberry are vast. For example, cranberries can have an antibacterial effect and are famous for beneficial secondary plant metabolites.

 

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Image by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash: Cranberries are hailed a cure for UTIs, but can they help treat symptoms of Lyme disease?

Stinging nettle

This flowering plant has been used in traditional medicine due to its diuretic properties. It’s usually ingested in tea form, and can help to detox the body, thus may help with a speedier recovery and with symptoms that linger after antibiotics are taken.

Bilberry

The bilberry (or European blueberry) is a powerful antioxidant. It has high anti-inflammatory properties. As Lyme disease can cause inflammation throughout the body, this addition to the Make Well DTC Plus supplement is helpful in the fight against the symptoms of the disease. The bilberry has also shown to inhibit bacteria’s ability to attach itself to cells in the body.

Lingonberry

Another berry that has an antibacterial effect is the lingonberry. Although they are not as popular as blueberries, their health benefits are still profound when mixed together with the other ingredients in this nutritional supplement for Lyme disease.

Artichoke

Artichoke isn’t just for cooking. The plant is used in many different dishes due to its unique taste and texture, but it also harbours plenty of health benefits.

The artichoke acts as a tool to help preserve healthy liver function and prevent further damage. It also aids in detoxification and helps to lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol. Because a lot of Lyme disease recovery is centred around diet, the addition of artichoke can be a great help.

Sage

Although sage is generally used in the medicinal world to help with respiratory diseases, it also acts as a powerful phytotherapeutic. The herb is used to help prevent further advancement of disease within the body.

 

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Image by Phillip Larking on Unsplash: Sage is more than just a flavourful plant used in cooking. It’s also a key ingredient in Make Well’s nutritional supplement for Lyme disease.

Wild garlic

Wild garlic has medicinal properties that can act as an antibiotic. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and calcium.

The addition of wild garlic in Make Well’s DTC Plus ensures that the body is getting even more of the essential nutrients it needs for improved immune function and to rid the body of the Lyme disease bacteria.

Turmeric

Turmeric is widely used in Indian cuisine, but many studies have concluded that the spice can do more than just add flavour to food. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, which leads to lowered levels of the painful inflammation caused by Lyme disease. It can also reduce symptoms of arthritis in cases where the illness affects the joints.

The sheer number of studies on turmeric show that it is a superfood all in its own right when it comes to fighting off chronic disease and obtaining optimal health.

The above ingredients combined in MakeWells DTC plus may help with  decrease of debilitating symptoms. For more information on our Lyme disease supplement, contact us.

Featured image by Anne Allier on Unsplash

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Cuvelier, Marie Elisabeth, Claudette Berset, and Hubert Richard. "Antioxidant constituents in sage (Salvia officinalis)." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 42.3 (1994): 665-669.

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