by Dr. Bill Rawls
Brain fog is a common symptom experienced by people who have Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and other chronic illnesses. Here, Dr. Bill Rawls discusses foods that can aggravate or help brain fog, plus what you can do to improve that muddled mental feeling. Learn more about brain fog here.
Question: Do certain foods aggravate brain fog?
Tim Yarborough: We’ve got one from Scott asking if certain foods aggravate or help brain fog. Any details there?
Dr. Rawls: Well, there’s no doubt that a healthy diet promotes good health to all of your cells. But a lot of people have found that a low histamine diet, histamine is in different foods and histamine is something that is stimulated by certain foods, some people have found that a low histamine diet can be really nice for this.
And I won’t go through a list of what all those foods are. It can be kind of restrictive, but sometimes if you’re really symptomatic, that can be worthwhile. Beyond that, just a good general healthy diet. Again cooked vegetables, a good range of fresh vegetables, those are the things that your cells need to flourish. Vegetables in general are anti-inflammatory, meat and grains are pro-inflammatory.
So the more you’re slamming your diet toward vegetables, fresh vegetables especially, the better off you’re going to be. Not to say that you can’t have fruit, that you can’t ever have any grains; lentils and rice are pretty well tolerated. Meat is a good protein source. If you’re trying to do strict vegan and you don’t, it’s really hard to get good protein. And so I think that it’s reasonable.
You still do need good protein, but here fish is just really, really good for that. Alkalized water, I found to be very beneficial for just reducing inflammation and reducing discomfort of inflammation. So alkalized water of a PH of about nine to 10. Generally you’re drinking water, you don’t necessarily want a lot of that when you’re eating though because it can disrupt digestion.
Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy. You can learn more about Lyme disease in Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book, Unlocking Lyme.
You can also learn about Dr. Rawls’ personal journey in overcoming Lyme disease and fibromyalgia in his popular blog post, My Chronic Lyme Journey.