How to Prevent and Treat Tic Bites
Immune boosters and beauty sleep – a holistic approach to tic bites.
The tics are waking up now; it's time to prevent, so you can enjoy forests and wetlands without fear of this tiny party-killer. Whether you’re being bitten or not – here are tips to improve the immune function, how to get a good nights sleep and to get rid of old viruses.
In this blog:
- Where You Find Most Tics
- The Tic Season In Northern Europe
- Me And Borrelia
- A Tic Can Carry More Than Just Lyme Disease
- What A Tic Looks Like
- 10 Solid Tips to Prevent Borrelia
- After the Antibiotics Treatment
- Rebuilding the immune system
- Ticks and psyche - a couple of theories, one can think about
Ticks, which are about the size of an obese fruit fly and looks like a baby beetle, lives anywhere in the tall grass and the forest floor, where they can hide from the birds.
Approximately two percent of the ticks in Denmark are carrying Borrelia. Check your body every day, when you are in a tic neighbourhood and watch for symptoms, which usually shows within a fortnight, and get them treated as soon as possible.
When a tick is removed from the body within 24 hours, they rarely do any damage, and there is an effective cure if you rush to the doctor.
1. Where You Find Most Tics
Ticks multiply quickly in heat and moisture, and live in humid environments like forests and wet meadows. There will be more ticks in the marsh areas than on dry field. It also means that there almost certainly are no ticks on roads, sidewalks and gravel paths - even inside the forest. On the other hand there may well sit ticks in perennial beds and hedges in gardens. If deer’s visits your garden regularly, there is a high probability that you have tics too.
2. The Tic Season In Northern Europe
The tick is active from April to October, but has its high season from June to August.
3. Me And Borrelia
I have a cottage at the northern coast of Zealand, where the prevalence of ticks is very large. My husband is nursing in our garden at every opportunity – and often lies down in the grass too - he's never been bitten. I, mostly an indoor type, have been down with borrelia twice in one year.
My Symptoms were slightly different the two times, but quite by the book. The first time I had swollen glands and flu-like symptoms, along with a coin large red round rash on the back. The second time I was just slightly uncomfortable, headache, a little low on energy and had an oblong red mark along the wrinkle at the back of the knee. Both times my doctor could diagnose my condition in less than ten seconds, and both times a broad-spectrum antibiotic cure sorted the condition.
4. A Tic Can Carry More Than Just Lyme Disease
Lyme disease gets a lot of attention, because it has the potential to be the most chronic of all the tick-borne illnesses, but ticks can spread at least 10 different known diseases in humans including Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE - a human viral infectious disease involving the central nervous system). The tic picks up the bacteria when it sucks its first blood as a larvae, from a mouse, which it will carry on to dogs and humans. Read more
5. What A Tic Looks Like
Technically they are in the same class as spiders—arachnids—which means we have eight legs compared to insects’ six. Ticks are also wingless and have a single oval-shaped body that’s usually pretty flat unless it’s engorged with blood after a feeding.
6. 10 Solid Tips to Prevent Borrelia
- Checking your body frequently for ticks is the most effective way to prevent illness. Don’t forget to check under the arms, inside the belly button, and around all head and body hair.
- You can remove ticks from your body by
- Wear light-colored clothing, which is easier to spot the tics on,
- Keep shirts tucked in, and always wear closed-toe shoes in woodsy areas.
- Keep long hair tied back, especially when gardening.
- Don’t sit directly on the ground or stonewalls.
- Some tics will attack right away, but others will wander and look for places like the ear or other areas where the skin is thinner.
- Some ticks don’t implant right away, so showering within a couple of hours of gardening or walking in the woods may remove them.
- It’s also a good idea to put clothes in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes, which can destroy ticks hiding on your clothes you may have missed.
- Spray yourself and the dog with this mixture - around the neck, ankles and wrists before you go out
Recipe (also works against mosquitoes):
Mix in a spray bottle:
If you want a ready made solution you can buy my F#CK OFF MOSQUITO - works just as well
7. After the Antibiotics Treatment
Lactic acid bacteria (probiotics) are the good bacteria that live in our intestines. Antibiotics, which means "against life", beats most bacteria, but also kills the good gut bacteria, hence it’s very important to re-establish the intestinal flora again afterwards with probiotics.
Probiotics means "for life", and is a food supplement beneficial for intestinal bacteria, which strengthens the digestion and the entire body.
You can get it the following ways:
A few weeks cure with Bio-Kult Advanced Probiotic. Ideally before bedtime.
Eat Lots of Fermented Food Like:
8. Rebuilding the immune system
Attacks of Borrelia and other infections- and viruses drain the energy and the immune function. A strong immune system can resist and destroy many microbe attacks on the body.
Rebuild the immune system through an alkaline, organic and a natural diet as possible.
- Ready meals and processed food
- Vegetable oils such as corn, soy, canola, grape seed etc.
- Minimize animal proteins (meat, cheese, milk and eggs).
and get plenty of these nutrients through the diet:
- Vitamin C: berries, peppers, dark green vegetables, citrus fruits
- Vitamin E: extra virgin olive oil, almonds*, avocado, oily fish
- Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, spinach, kale
- Vitamin D: noontime sunshine and fatty fish
- Selenium: salmon, cod, mushrooms, brown rice
- Zinc: lenses*, sesame seeds *, pumpkin seeds*, cashew nuts*, tofu
- Copper: tofu, sesame seeds, mushrooms, lentils, beans
- Bioflavonoids: get the "four colours" every day - white, orange, red and green - and preferably through fruits and vegetables with very deep or dark colour like in blueberries, spinach, oranges, garlic
- Eat plenty of:
- Plant proteins (tofu, lentils*, hemp seeds, chia seeds*, quinoa, spirulina, flax seeds*, sesame seeds*, nuts*, beans*, edamame)
- Organic fish
- Kombucha tea is good for the stomach, immune and adds a lot of good nutrients. read more here
- Pukka Gold is my favorite, when there are viruses in the air. It is a powder mix of various organic mushrooms and spirulina.
- Raw garlic, chop a clove, leave it for 10 minutes, then swallow it with water or a mix of lemon juice and water.
- Ginger: Drink daily a cup of ginger tea of freshly chopped ginger, a bit of lemon juice, boiling water and a teaspoon of honey.
- Turmeric. A good way for the body to obtain the healing curcumin of turmeric is when you mix it with a bit of oil and pepper. Golden milk is very tasty and very healing. For a turmeric quick fix. Mix 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of pepper and 1 tsp of turmeric powder.
*) Remember to soak nuts, lentils and grains in water overnight (or at least a few hours) before eating / cooking them.
**)70% of our immune system is in the digestive system. You are not just what you eat - you are what you absorb. If you don’t digest the nutrients from the food you eat, it does not matter how organic and real one's diet is, a gut in poor condition, won’t digest the nutrients optimally from the food you eat. Thus all health starts in the gut.
- Lie every morning and every evening with legs up against a wall for 10 to 15 minutes – preferable with the open window - access to fresh air.
- Start by taking 10 deep breaths in this way:
- Count to 4 on the in-breath, count to 7 holding the breath and exhale on the count of 8.
- Finish with a 10-minute meditation
The body uses sleep to recover and to clear up. A good deep sleep is the foundation of good health, energy and beauty.
Balance between light and dark is crucial to a good sleep.
When it gets dark in the evening, a part of the brain called the pineal gland secretes the hormone melatonin, which signals to our bodies and brains that it is time to get tired and go to sleep. Blue light, whether from the sun or a laptop, is very effective at inhibiting melatonin production. This means that our bodies don’t get the proper signal that it’s time to go to sleep, reducing both the quantity and quality of our sleep.
Studies have linked melatonin suppression in the evening to various health problems, including metabolic syndrome, obesity and cancer, as well as mental disorders like depression.
5 Steps To Sleep Better
- Spray magnesium oil on arms, legs, and stomach before bedtime I use 10-20 sprays per day. It will tingle on the skin the first few times it is used, and this is normal. Make your own in five minutes or buy this one.
- Magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation, heart rhythm and health, blood vessels, airways ability to relax, skin, nerve function, mood, sleep, circulation of the important antioxidant glutathione, acid-base regulation, bone structure and organization, cleansing of waste products, immune functions and more. Read my blog about this vital mineral.
- Dim all the lights at least an hour before bedtime and turn off unnecessary lights.
- Stop watching television and using tablets, phones, computer and telephone at least two hours before bedtime too.
- Remove all sources of light in your bedroom. This includes external light, LED watches, computer lights and other devices with light. You can cover them with heavy paper, cloth, masking tape etc.
- Your can use a sleeping mask or an eye pillow if the light still disturbs you or wake you in the morning. Lavender eye pillows can be extra relaxing.
- Take ten deep few breaths just before you sleep (read above) and drain the brain as musch as possible for thoughts.
- If it's a bit noisy where you sleep buy some good ear plugs like the ones they use in the construction industry and cut off the hard endings. Good night.
Most of us live with various illnesses caused by surviving or latent viruses and bacteria hiding in the body, which medications or other treatments haven’t been able to remove. As mentioned above, a bite from a tick can provide more than Borrelia - and some claim that a tick also carries pathogens that an antibiotic treatment can’t kill. A treatment with bio magnets is therefore always a good idea, and it’s a therapy with no side effects.
Bio magnetism therapy uses pairs of magnets to neutralize disease-causing pathogens in the body. The treatment balances the acid-base balance in the body and fights and removes viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites (pathogens) that is the root cause for most diseases and ills.
Treatment with magnets was discovered in 1988 by the Mexican physician Dr. Isaac Goiz Duran. Dr. Goiz trained practitioner and surgeon and physiotherapist and acupuncturist. Read more here.
9. Ticks and psyche - a couple of theories, one can think about
Who’s had Borrelia in my family? Me!
Some claim that those who get Borrelia are those who latently fear the nature. I don’t know if it's true, but if I look at my own little family, my husband and my son are both genuine tree hugging outdoorsy guys who like to walk barefoot in the woods "to get some soil nutrients in the way,,,," You won’t see me follow suit. I prefer to wave to them from the kitchen window, because I am actually scared of Mama nature and her creep. I've always thought of myself as a nature lover, and sought great nature experiences. I once spend the night in a rainforest - I didn’t slept for a second and haven’t followed up on that idea since.
Another alternative theory is that the infection more easily hits the ones that are irritated and / or angry. And I must admit that the two times I got Borrelia, both were a times where I was pissed off about something and had been for a while...
Just a thought - or maybe it's just that some has stronger immune system than others for various reasons.
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