Herpes is not fun, but by watching what you eat, you can reduce the chances of outbreaks and stay feeling and looking healthy.
1 Avoid Excessive Arginine
Arginine is an amino acid that can cause outbreaks in many people. Common foods that contain arginine and act as triggers are chocolate, oats, protein shakes, nuts, and muscle building supplements that contain arginine. Look at the ingredient list on the things you buy because arginine is in numerous products.
2 Enjoy Foods with Lysine
Lysine works to stop the virus that causes herpes. Some foods that contain high amounts of lysine are beef, chicken, lamb, fish, sprouts, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and brewers yeast. You can also take a lysine supplement to be sure that you get enough lysine in your diet.
3 Eat for Healthy Skin
In addition to lysine, you should also eat foods that are high in vitamin C, bioflavinoids, and zinc. This will help you fight off infections and help the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself. These ingredients will help your skin heal faster during a breakout and build resistance. You can get your vitamin C with a supplement or by eating fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, and other foods. For bioflavinoids, you should eat citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, and other bright colored vegetables and fruits. Whole grain cereals, legumes, and most dairy are a good source of zinc.
4 Limit Foods That May Cause Outbreaks
Artificial sweeteners, white bread, white sugars, refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, oats, chocolate, and nuts are all foods that may cause outbreaks.
5 Eat Plenty Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables (including broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, and cabbage) contain a high amount of indole-3-carbinol (I3C). I3C interferes with how the herpes virus reproduces.
6 Replace Processed, Sugary, and Fatty Foods
Not only should you eliminate or reduce foods that are processed, high in sugar, or high in fat, you should also limit artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives. A few simple switches can help you eat healthier. Replace margarine with real butter, cook with olive or coconut oil, and use a natural sweetener such as agave.
7 Eat More Fresh Foods
Raw, fresh fruits and vegetables will help the health of your entire body. They will boost your skin and help you have less outbreaks. A side salad or carrot sticks for a snack are easy ways to eat these fresh foods raw.
8 Eat Foods Containing B Vitamins and Magnesium
B Vitamins and Magnesium help your body deal with stress. Stress is a big cause of outbreaks and it can’t always be eliminated from your life. If you take a supplement, you need to take a B complex that contains multiple B vitamins because some can’t work without others. Some foods that are high in vitamin B are bananas, turkey, soy, and mushrooms
9 Eat Antioxidant Rich Food
Antioxidants help fight off diseases and infections. Berries, prunes, tomatoes, lemon, and garlic are just some sources of antioxidants.
10 Drink Water
Alkalizing the body helps fight off cell deterioration. Drink purified, alkalizing water if you can. If you can’t, add lemon or lime juice to your water to alkalize it.