Get a Break from your coldsore with these foods

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I have suffered with cold sores recurrence almost all of my life, so I can relate to my clients when they come for help after experiencing years of the same issue. Coldsores can be painful, and often make you feel self conscious in public. The scientific name for a coldsore is Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and it comes in two strains: HSV1 and HSV2. Type 1 generally appears on the lips and type 2 on the genital organs. However, due to oral sex, both types can appear in either location. There is no cure for HSV, this is a virus that stays dormant in your body and tends to appear during times of high stress or when you are run down. But fear not! Luckily there are a few tips you can try, to reduce the recurrence of these bad boys.

What You'll Need

  • Chocolate, legumes, nuts and seeds and turkey, especially during an outbreak.
  • BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY: when you're run down, it is easier to be more susceptible to outbreaks. Refined carbohydrates have been found to decrease immunity. These are foods such as white bread and pasta, sweets and pastries and processed foods. Focus instead on complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, brown or wild rice. And add some more wholefoods like your favourite seasonal vegetables and low sugar fruits like berries. You can also start to incorporate foods like garlic, turmeric and ginger in your cooking, as all three have been shown to boost your immune system.

What You'll Do

  • Follow the tips below.
  • EAT SMART: HSV needs the amino acid arginine to replicate. So if you know you are prone to coldsores, it might be useful to decrease foods high in arginine.
  • CHIlL OUT: as previously mentioned, high stress can lower your immunity and increase the chances of getting a coldsore. Now I know it's easier said then done, but finding time for a relaxing bath with Epsom Salts to relax your muscles and mind, or even trying a FREE app like Headspace, to listen to on your way to work or just before bed, might give you that extra help to decompress.

Tips & Warnings

  • Should you consider eating a high amount of foods such as garlic, ginger or turmeric, or supplementing with any of the foods mentioned above, please consult a practitioner, as they can interact with some medications.
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