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Diet to prevent recurrent herpes outbreaks

Herpes Virus

In the United States, around 1 out of every 6 people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes;  just like every other sexually transmitted disease, women are more susceptible to acquiring genital herpes than men. Once contracted this virus will stay in the body for life, the virus will be dormant until a trigger causes an outbreak. 

The symptoms while breakout can last up to three weeks, if it is untreated. Treatment and good diet control is important to prevent herpes outbreak.

Symptoms Before the Outbreak

In most cases before an outbreak occurs, the patient may experience some of the following symptoms.

  1. Severe itching and burning sensation in the vagina region.
  2. Increased vaginal discharge.
  3. A bloated stomach.
  4. Headache, nausea and fever.
  5. Cramps and muscular pain.
  6. A burning sensation while urinating.

Learn more about herpes, the duration of symptoms, recurrence and methods to prevent the outbreak at http://www.hsvoutbreak.com/how-long-do-herpes-outbreaks-last

Simple Diet Tips to prevent recurrent herpes outbreak:

1) Avoid supplements rich in Arginine

Arginine is an important amino acid (several protein sources have arginine). A study says that arginine can trigger herpes outbreak in majority of the people infected with HSV. Limiting food rich in arginine can be really helpful.  Foods like nuts, protein shakes, protein bars, oats and chocolate are rich in arginine. Our body also produces arginine naturally, but avoiding these foods can prevent excess arginine content in our body and can help in reducing the herpes symptoms.

2) Increase Lysine Intake

Lysine is another amino acid and it helps in stopping the virus from triggering an outbreak. Vegetables, eggs, yeast and fish are good sources of lysine.

3) Eat foods that promote skin health

Consuming foods rich in vitamin C, zinc and other nutrients that are good for skin health is important. The bioflavonoids in fresh fruits and vegetables can nourish and protect the skin. These nutrients can make the skin more resistant to the symptoms of herpes. So consume a lot of citrus fruits, vegetables, pumpkin seeds, black tea and legumes if you have contracted this disease.

4) Avoid refined foods:

Refined foods and artificial sweeteners can trigger an outbreak. It is also important to avoid caffeine, white bread and alcohol, as they can trigger the symptoms. It is also important to avoid fast foods, highly processed ready-to-eat foods, margarine and frozen foods.

4) Eat “cruciferous” vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower and brussel sprouts have an important bio-active compound called as indole-3-carbinol. Several studies highlight that this compound can control the reproduction of HSV.

5) Add a good percentage of  “raw” foods in your diet

This will help our skin and body to resist the herpes outbreak. It provides more energy and vitality and prevents stress (one of the triggers) and improves skin health.

6) Eat foods rich in Vitamin B-Complex

Vitamin B-complex is known to help our body to de-stress and relax and hence can prevent the onset of symptoms.

It is also important to consume good quantities of antioxidant-rich foods and drink good amount of pure alkaline water.