Herpes Diet
Eating Your Way to Fewer Outbreaks!

Including a herpes diet plan into your lifestyle can be one of the most effective things you can do to reduce the severity and the frequency of your outbreaks. Depending on your current lifestyle this should not call for drastic changes. Maybe just a little tweaking here and there.

There may be some things that you need to re-evaluate and prioritize but if you want to take control over the virus then you may need to make some adjustments to your diet and the types of foods that you consume.

During my research, I stumbled upon a very promising idea that one certain amino acid is helpful in preventing and reducing genital herpes outbreaks.

However, on the other side of this theory is that there is another amino acid that should be avoided and can make your outbreaks worse. When you learn what they are and what foods they are found in, you can adjust your diet and you will begin to notice a big difference in your outbreaks and the way you feel.

Lysine for Herpes and Arginine
How They Fit into a Healthy Herpes Diet

What I found was that the herpes simplex virus needs large amounts of arginine in order for it to replicate itself and grow.

The second amino acid called Lysine and it interferes with the body’s ability to absorb arginine.

This is intriguing because if eating foods with large amounts of arginine will make you have more herpes outbreaks then it must also be true that not eating those foods would reduce and possibly prevent outbreaks too. So the whole idea behind an effective herpes diet that will reduce herpes outbreaks is to consume foods that are high in lysine and low in arginine.

There are many great foods that are low in arginine and high in lysine but there are also many great foods that are high in arginine and low in lysine such as nuts and chocolate. Two of my favorite foods in the world are now on the list of foods that I shouldn’t be eating...chocolate almond candy bars...a double whammy!

The key to having a healthy natural treatment for herpes is to balance the lysine and arginine ratio. If you eat foods that contain a high ratio of the amino acid arginine then counteract it by eating foods that are also high in the amino acid lysine.

A classic example of a lysine-arginine ration is consuming brown rice with cooked dried beans. Brown rice is loaded with 190mg of arginine yet the dried beans are also loaded with 270mg of lysine. This ratio more than compensates for the lack of lysine in Brown Rice. If you are finding it difficult to maintain a healthy balance ratio then you should consider taking lysine supplements.

Recommended Foods to Include in a Diet to Control Outbreaks

Listed below are just a few foods that are high in lysine and a must for any herpes diet plan:

  • Fresh fish
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Milk (cow and goat)
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Cheese
  • Dried beans
  • Cooked soybeans
  • Eggs
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Turkey

Herpes Diet Foods to Avoid

Listed below are a few foods that are high in arginine and should be avoided:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine – Coffee, tea, etc
  • Sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Coconuts
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal

Additional Thoughts to Remember About Herpes Diet

In addition to all of this, you’ll want to remember that proper nutrition and exercise is a very effective treatment for herpes.

You should also keep your body in a healthy weight range – not over or under your ideal weight. You should eat a balance of foods from the different food groups each day and be sure you don’t skip breakfast.

Try to reduce the amount of fast food and processed foods that you eat. Fresher is always better. Following these simple and healthy guidelines will make you a healthier person and builds a stronger immune system that is better able to fight off the herpes virus.

Herpes Diet Conflicting Views
Some Say It Works...Others Say It's Useless

Although my research has shown a compelling argument for the benefits of watching what you eat to control herpes outbreaks and HSV symptoms, there are others who disagree.

As with just about everything associated with this virus there are conflicting views about the effectiveness of watching your intake of lysine and arginine.  And this topic is no different.

My personal experience with including a herpes diet to control my own outbreaks supports both opinions.  Let me explain...

During the first 5-8 years or so after I was diagnosed with HSV-2, I feel that lowering my intake of arginine and raising my levels of lysine through my diet did make a difference in the number and severity of my outbreaks. However, I can't say with absolute certainty that this was the sole factor driving this because I was using other treatment options at the same time. 

I feel that the only way to properly evaluate the effectiveness of a herpes diet is to simply try it without trying anything else at the same time.  Plus you'll have to have some sort of baseline to compare it to. 

Now I said that my experiences have supported both opinions...over the past several years I have not paid attention to my diet or any other treatments for that matter, and I have experienced a drastic reduction of outbreaks and severity.  I love almonds and I love chocolate and I really haven't reduced my intake of either. 

So my conclusion is that including a diet for herpes in your lifestyle during the earlier years of your diagnosis may be more effective than in the later years.  In short, you are going to have to draw your own conclusions but in the end, a herpes diet is healthy and it's certainly not going to hurt you.

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