Dealing with the outbreaks is probably one of the worst things about being infected with the herpes virus. It can not only be painful, but also embarrassing (especially if you have oral herpes). It can also cause various other problems that may make life difficult.
Similarly, not trying to take any preventive measures when you start experiencing outbreaks may worsen them over time. They may increase in frequency and severity, and may get much more difficult to deal with than they initially were.
However, there are quite a few things you can do to control and prevent outbreaks effectively. So without further ado, let us take a look at them below.
First things first, dietary changes are one of the most important things you need to do in order to not only prevent outbreaks, but also to help improve the effectiveness of the treatments you’re following. This is because even if you’re following a highly effective natural treatment (such as the one we have shared in our eBook ), you may not be able to get the result that you really could if you fail to make sure you’re on the right diet.
Furthermore, a poor diet can also result in the weakening of your immune system, which is probably the last thing you would want while dealing with herpes and trying to prevent outbreaks. A weakened immune system would ensure a favorable environment for the herpes virus to grow and reproduce, meaning that you may end up having more frequent and more severe outbreaks.
On the other hand, the right diet will help strengthen your immune system, which may bring about the exact opposite effect of that, which is increasing the resistance to the herpes virus and making it difficult for it to reproduce.
With that said, some of the must-avoid foods clearly turn out to be junk (and fast) foods, alcohol, foods without much nutrition, processed foods, sugar and more. Similarly, as you probably already know, arginine foods tend to trigger an outbreak and make it easier for the virus to grow. Hence, it’s crucial to avoid them as well.
Some of the most arginine-rich foods seem to be nuts and seeds, lentils, gelatin, chocolate and more. Similarly, acidic foods such as meat, caffeine, artificial flavors and more have been proven to trigger an outbreak as well, and hence something you would want to avoid.
On the other hand, it has been revealed by multiple studies that lysine helps suppress the growth of the herpes virus, and goes a long way in preventing outbreaks. It also makes the outbreaks shorter in duration and less severe.
Some of the lysine-rich foods you may want to include in your diet include dairy products such as natural, home-made yogurt (without gelation, corn syrup or any other flavors or artificial sweeteners, or other ingredients) and milk, vegetables, fruits (especially citrus ones) and more.
Sleep and Rest
Lack of sound sleep, too, may be a rather hidden cause of frequent outbreaks in some people. It’s believed that deep sleep helps the body release potent immune-enhancing hormones, helping it complete its restorative process. Similarly, even important organs of the body such as the liver gets a chance to rest and work at its best when the body gets enough sound sleep.
However, to most people’s surprise, the most restorative sleep tends to occur for just around four to five hours, and the process usually starts at around 11 p.m for most people.
The thing is that it’s probably more about getting “sound” sleep than “more” sleep. If you’re finding it difficult to get sound sleep, you may want to do some meditation or some other exercise that helps relax your brain before going to sleep so that you can get sound sleep.
Among the factors that tend to trigger an outbreak, the lifestyle ones usually tend to be at the top. This is because most people nowadays suffer from a poor lifestyle, making them vulnerable to a number of diseases.
Of course, it also makes viruses such as the herpes virus attack their body and grow and reproduce very easily as the body fails to put up much resistance.
That being said, it has perhaps been found that stress is one of the major contributing factors of an outbreak. While in some cases it may be physical stress, in most others it’s the mental stress that turns out to be the culprit.
When you tend to be under stress for a long period of time, it takes a toll on your immune system, as your body ends up producing two hormones – adrenaline and cortisone – both of which have been found to suppress your immune system.
Hence, besides going for the right diet, you may also want to make other changes to your lifestyle that helps control stress. Both yoga and meditation have been found to be amazingly helpful in this aspect, and are definitely worth considering.
Something that you would want to keep in mind though is that it’s not about how long you practice them, but how often. It needs you to be regular. When you practice both these activities consistently for a long period of time, they can surely help bring about great changes when it comes to strengthening your immune system and, in turn, controlling and preventing outbreaks.
If you find that you’re struggling to keep the outbreaks under check despite putting in a lot of effort, you may want to consider taking some dietary supplements.
While dealing with herpes, many people have found lysine supplements to be immensely beneficial. It certainly seems to be going a long way in preventing outbreaks.
Similarly, other supplements (such as the ones mentioned in detail in the ) have been found to have a great effect when it comes to preventing outbreaks. You may just want to keep in mind that you would want to go for vegan supplements and not general ones, as they may contain gelatin or other ingredients that come with arginine and end up triggering an outbreak instead of preventing them.