Yogurt and fruit helps prevent herpetic attacks.

Yogurt and fruit helps prevent herpetic attacks.

Herpes and Shingles are two very different viruses but outbreaks of both have very similar symptoms with the two conditions often being mistaken for each other. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the virus that causes chickenpox, whereas herpes is caused by genital herpes, which is a sexually transmitted infection. Both viruses live dormant in the body but stress, illness or a lowering of the immune system can bring the classic symptoms that the two conditions share: painful weeping sores, fever, irritability and depression. However both herpetic conditions have something else in common: outbreaks of the virus can be triggered by eating certain foods.

Foods to Avoid If You Have Herpes or Shingles

Once you have either herpes or shingles, the viruses live forever in your body so you must do everything that you can to help avoid your immune system from succumbing to an outbreak. As a rule of thumb it is most important to avoid foods that are high in the amino acid arginine if they also don’t have a high level of lysine. This means that the absolutely worst foods for either virus type are all nuts, seeds, chocolate and coconut. However, you might want to note here that coconut oil is NOT a trigger for either herpetic virus.

After the top four foods to avoid, which once again are nuts, seeds, chocolate and coconut, the next food type mostly to trigger an outbreak are grains. To avoid an outbreak or diminish the duration and pain of a current outbreak you are advised to avoid eating all flours and grains corn, rice, oats, wheat, linseed, rye etc. In essence, if you can make bread or cake with it, then you should avoid it.

Yet another provocative food for herpetic conditions is gelatin, which means many types of jellies and desserts can trigger and outbreak. Bone broth, the latest nourishing cure-all, is also off your menu as it is much higher in arginine than lysine.

You should also avoid consuming sugar, caffeine and too much salt, which can affect your metabolism and your immune system, causing you to become more vulnerable to the virus.

Recommended Foods for Herpes or Shingles

Foods that support the prevention of outbreaks of herpes and shingles, to both prevent outbreaks and also handle them while they are in full swing are meats, seafood, dairy, vegetables (especially root vegetables, fruits and vegetable oils. If you are eating these foods, high in the amino acid arginine), that can help balance out any food that you are consuming that is high in lysine.

Keeping the shingles and herpes virus in check is really all about balancing some foods with other to avoid consuming too much of lysine. A course of action to avoid triggering outbreaks here is to eat a keto or paleo diet, which consists mainly of meat, vegetables and fats and therefore has less emphasis on the amino acid lysine.

Yogurt, cheese, mangos, apples, apricots, pears and fish (especially flounder) may help to avert herpetic attacks and prevent future ones.

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