Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 is a virus characterized by cold sores, usually on and around the lips, it appears as single or multiple clusters of small blisters filled with a clear fluid. These blisters eventually burst, leaving small, painful ulcers that heal in around 10 – 21 days. This phase of the virus is known as an outbreak, the virus then reverts to its’ dormant state and will not cause any symptoms to appear, the virus may not be reactivated for years.
Diet tips for cold sores
- Reduce foods containing the amino acid Arginine which the virus thrives on such as chocolate, nuts, carob, peanuts, oats, soybeans, nuts, seeds and coconut
- Increase foods which contain the anti-viral amino acid Lysine such as fish, sprouts, dairy, kidney beans, split peas, eggs, brewers yeast, fruit and vegetables, chicken, lamb and cheese
- Reduce acidic foods such as dairy, wheat, sugar, preserved and processed foods, refined and foods containing artificial colours, flavours and additives
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