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What NOT to Eat If You Have Herpes

Carrying herpes meaning changing your lifestyle. It is also arguably a better one as well since now you have to watch out for those outbreaks. A healthy and right nutritious diet plays a huge role in that.

Here are the food you need to avoid if you have herpes

Sports nutrition eat or not eat

High in Arginine. Low in Lysine

Two of the eight amino acids that can only be generated naturally or so called “essential amino acids” yet one is hurting and one is helping. Arginine helps the HSV viruses grow whereas Lysine prevent them from reproducing. The Arginine-rich foods you definitely need to avoid if you have herpes are:

  • Peanuts
  • Chocolate
  • Wheat & Wheat germ
  • Soy foods
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Sesame seeds

Refined Carbs. Stay away

Refined carbohydrates decrease your immune system hence leading to more herpes outbreaks when excessively consumed. The sugar in refined carbs enter the cells the same way as Vitamin C (important component of immunity) therefore it lessen the amount which vitamin C enter your body’s cells. The worst foods in this category are:

  • White pasta
  • Sodas
  • Bread
  • Processed baked goods
  • High – fructose corn syrup

Other foods & beverages you need to pay attention to

If you frequently visit Starbucks or hit the bar every weekend, you might want to take all that into consideration because caffeine and alcohol are known to damage immune system hence leading to herpes outbreaks. One important fact is that food craving might also cause outbreaks due to possible allergens, so you should pace it out while cutting off foods, then ultimately try to put each one of them back into your diet to see which one might affect your outbreaks.

What foods you should eat

A lot of people think you have to be a vegan to have a good diet fighting herpes outbreaks. While that might be ideal, it is also not the ultimate requirement. You can still have an exciting yet effective diet. Many delicious and nutritious foods that have high amount of lysine you can consider:

  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Bright coloured fruits & vegetables
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic









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