The unpleasant wounds we sometimes refer to as “blisters” or “cold sores” are really much more complex than that.
Herpes is, in fact, a virus that affects almost everyone to some degree. With eight different strands of the virus, it isn’t always easy to determine what came from where. Different elements of transmission can make it nearly impossible to trace where the virus was contracted from.
However, one thing that is easy to understand is that a natural remedy for herpes is totally at our fingertips.
What’s that, you might ask? Diet!
Let’s explore how your diet can actually be a very effective, natural remedy for herpes.
Understanding herpes and our bodies make up
Herpes is spread in a variety of ways, from physical contact to fluid exchange, to mother-to-child during her pregnancy. It is important to remember that herpes is actually a virus that operates inside the human body, while the physical symptoms (like cold sores) are just an external result.
The herpes virus works like this:
- After a person contracts the virus, they may or may not experience an initial outbreak of symptoms.
- The symptoms range from mild to severe, while some people will never experience symptoms at all.
- After the initial outbreak, the virus goes into what’s called a “hibernation” person, where it lays dormant.
- While the virus is in hibernation, the person with herpes doesn’t experience any symptoms.
- The virus affects the immune system and nervous system, which can make it a more serious problem for people who have autoimmune disorders or an already compromised immune system.
Although the virus is usually unavoidable in contracting, experts say that recurrent outbreaks can be attributed to a number of factors, including:
- Poor diet
- Lack of nutritional foods
- Sleep deprivation
With diet and nutrition being factors that can cause breakouts, let’s talk about which foods can help be a natural remedy for herpes.
Diet can be a natural remedy for herpes
Home remedies are quickly becoming the new go-to for households who want to keep things natural when it comes to health. For me, treating herpes with a diet overhaul was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
There is no cure for the virus, but there are always breakthroughs in utilizing a natural remedy for herpes.
Two things to remember when it comes to fighting off outbreaks with a good, nutritious diet:
- Arginine helps the virus grow.
- Lysine is an essential amino acid that can counteract the effects of arginine.
So, are you getting my drift?
The ideal diet to fight off symptoms of the herpes virus is high in lysine and low in arginine.
Here are some detailed tips on what to indulge in and what to stay away from:
Eat more foods that are high in lysine
Lysine is found in foods that help with development, absorbing calcium, and regulating cholesterol levels. Foods that are high in lysine are usually also filled with good oils, protein, and fiber.
With that being said, here are some of my favorite foods to indulge in that have a high level of lysine in them:
- Certain types of fish (flounder, salmon, tuna)
- Lean cuts of meat (turkey, skinless chicken, lean steak)
- Low-fat cheeses
- Non-GMO soy
Eat fewer foods that are high in arginine
Foods that are high in arginine can make you feel sluggish. So, eating less of these types of foods have benefits beyond your herpes symptoms. To feel better, eat fewer of these foods:
- Cow’s milk
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Egg yolks
Foods that have lower arginine levels
With lower levels of arginine, the following foods are good substitutes for a natural remedy for herpes:
Recipes that include a natural remedy for herpes
Now that we’ve got some pretty great lists of foods to keep and to avoid, let’s figure out how to put them to work!
I picked three of my favorite recipes to share with you, in addition to small tips and tricks to keep in mind.
Ready, set, let’s eat!
Recipe 1 – An “eggs”ellent breakfast
Take two to three egg whites, and scramble them halfway. Add two to three high-protein veggies (let’s go with spinach, mushrooms, and kale). Stir in the veggies with your scrambled egg whites. Add a dab of both salt and pepper before serving.
Recipe 2 – Chicken and “mashed”
Cook a boneless, skinless chicken breast all the way through. Add a tiny bit of salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil for light flavoring. On the side, enjoy cauliflower “mashed potatoes“, for the win!
Recipe 3 – Tuna, greens, dessert, OH MY!
Sear some fresh tuna to your desired consistency. Serve it like you would a filet mignon, steak style. On the side, sautee some cooked brown rice with chopped (and cooked) asparagus. Cumin and turmeric are great seasonings to flavor the side with.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Treat yourself with a small portion of organic whipped cream and a bowl of fresh berries from your local farmer’s market.
Wash all of these awesome meals down with lots and lots of water! Water is an excellent resource for healthy skin, another element of keeping the herpes virus at bay.
Where to find the best natural food products
Real food means real results. The best natural remedy for herpes is a nutritious diet, and that means buying the best food products you can find.
Use Google and search “local health food store.” See what it comes up with. After that, try searching “local farmer’s market” to see if there are any other places to consider buying your new home remedy from.
Lastly, never underestimate the power of Facebook. Ask your Facebook community for “recommendations” on the best local produce stand or market to by whole foods from. Chances are, someone you know has the answer!
I hope you enjoyed this blog! And I don’t know about you, but now I’m hungry. It’s time to go make one of those awesome recipes I think!
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