Fitness
Nutrition and fitness against inflammation

When a chronic inflammation is already present, diet is a crucial factor that is often disregarded. A lot of chronically ill patients suffer from over-acidification in their bodies. Chronic inflammation can be improved drastically with an appropriate diet (alkaline and anti-inflammatory) and by changing certain eating habits.

Additionally, rehabilitation therapy, certain exercises and selected treatments are very important in restoring a patient’s fitness. The immune system should be strengthened and restored while the functions of the organs, hormones and metabolism should be supported by a holistic treatment approach.

 

Regular exercise to boost the treatment of Lyme disease

Background

  • Stimulate metabolism, to encourage better transportation of the antibiotics to the outer extremities (limbs) and help move toxins through and out of the body
  • Minimize symptoms (especially in the case of coordination, balance and mobility problems)
  • Improve vitality (“Mens sana in corpore sano”)
  • Stabilize joints
  • Stimulate the exchange of fluids in joint cartilage

Daily exercise

  • Daily light exercise to boost the metabolism
  • Alternate between types of activity (endurance, power, mobility, coordination, balance)
  • Specific exercises for individual symptoms without too much stress
  • Strength training
    - Strength endurance training between 18-30 repetitions
    - Whole body training
    - Training for major muscle groups and joints
    - Pulling > pushing
    - Guided exercises on gym equipment
  • Coordination & balance
    - Combined movements without effort
    - Training unconscious motion control
    - Proprioceptive training
    - Strengthening of muscles responsible for specific actions, feeling of security/stability ↑, muscular stress ↓
  • Endurance
    - Aerobic exercise
    - Up to maximum 75 % of maximum heart frequency (depending on co-infections)
    - Women: (226 – age) x 0.75
    - Men: (220 – age) x 0.75
    - Alternate endurance activities, cycling, walking, etc.
  • Mobility/flexibility
    - Stretching for at least 25 seconds
    - Passive-static stretching

Complementary recommendations

  • After strength and endurance exercise, infrared or biosauna (low temperature), to reduce muscle tension
  • Protein shakes 1.5h to 2h before exercise help to prevent a drop in performance (in combination with coconut oil)
  • Enzymes, minerals and amino acids help the body to process the training effect better and to lower muscle inflammation more quickly
  • While taking antibiotics, only do light exercise, gentle endurance, coordination or mobility exercises and strength training only 1-2x week
  •  Drink at least 2.5-3l of fluids on the days you exercise, at least 2l on days on which you do not exercise.