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Understanding Herpes

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The herpes virus can be both painful and embarrassing. An outbreak of herpes can result in fluid-filled blisters that eventually turn into cold sores. The area can be very painful and red. Herpes can affect an individual’s mouth and surrounding area and/or genitalia. It is contracted through direct contact. When not flared up, the virus lies dormant in the immune system. So while it’s difficult to clear the virus, symptoms can be easier to get rid of. Boosting the immune system will help to keep this virus at bay.

Using Food to Boost the Immune System
Eating the following foods can help strengthen the immune system….
1. Foods containing L-Lysine (an amino acid): fish, poultry, vegetables, legumes
2. Foods rich in Vitamin C: cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens
3. Foods rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids: wild-caught fish (especially mackerel, salmon, cod liver, herring, sardines), flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds
4. Organic Protein: wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats
5. Foods rich in Zinc (mineral): protein (especially organ meats), nuts, spinach

Foods to Avoid
1. Sugar
2. Alcohol
3. Processed or Packaged Foods
4. Acidic Foods (citrus, tomatoes, vinegar, etc.)
5. Food containing L-Arginine (wheat, chocolate)

Other Things to Think About
1. Run the irritated area under warm water
2. Press a warm washcloth over the area (do not rub or pick, never use the washcloth on any other area of the body to avoid spreading)
3. Wash the area frequently
4. Don’t share items that have touch the irritated area (toothbrush, drinking glass, etc.)
5. Herbs that can be taken internally: elderberry, echinacea, garlic, astragalus, licorice root
6. Supplements: L-Lysine, Vitamin C, Zinc, B-Complex
7. Essential Oils that can be diluted and used topically: tea tree, myrrh, clove

If you have questions contact Balanced Health at 612-812-9121 or email us at and ask about our Hair & Saliva Scan.


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