In this article, I discuss how to prevent a herpes outbreak. You will also be able to work towards reduced frequency and duration of outbreaks.
In most cases, herpes seems just to “go away” in a few years. For many, this disappearance occurs much more rapidly; for others, the adaptation process is less successful. Nothing just goes away by itself! Something happens to cause diminished symptoms. But you can play a large role in the process of reducing symptoms.
- 1 Top 10 Herpes Outbreak Triggers
- 2 General Physical Well-being
- 3 Eating and Sleeping
- 4 Boost Your Immune System
- 5 Trigger Factors
- 6 Conclusion
Top 10 Herpes Outbreak Triggers
Here are the top 10 triggers your doctor never told you about:
1. You’re too stressed out
Stress is the number one contributing factor to chronic disease. Stress depresses your immunity and therefore impacts your ability to keep herpes at bay. Managing your stress is one of the number one things you can do for yourself and your overall health and well-being
2. A diet high in arginine
Foods and beverages high in this amino acid are known to trigger herpes. One should also avoid caffeine, sweets, and alcohol. Some foods known to be high in arginine are coffee, chocolate, nuts and seeds, wheat and protein shakes. Increase your intake of foods high in lysine to counterbalance the arginine.
Foods high in lysine are eggs, meats, and most fruits and veggies. Dairy is also high in lysine, but many people are allergic to dairy.
3. You’re Dehydrated
A body cannot function properly when it is dehydrated. In keeping yourself well-hydrated, caffeinated and sugary drinks don’t count! You need to be drinking at least eight glasses of clean water a day. If not… fatigue, tight muscles, decreased brain function and immunity, increased pain, inﬂammation and toxicity set in. Dehydration will slow down your healing process.
4. You’re Too Hot
Too much friction and heat are triggers, be it in bed, at the spa or at the gym. Consider the friction and heat generated by biking, running, vigorous sex, hot yoga, saunas, hot tubs, bathing nude, and sunshine. Beware. Tip: if you suffer from genital herpes, don’t hang out in your wet, sweaty tights too long after exercising.
5. You’re Exercising Too Much or Too Intensely
This can be just as stressful on the body as not enough exercise. It can cause the adrenal glands to go into overdrive, producing a stressful state in which the herpes virus thrives. Consider taking at least one day off a week from your exercise regimen. Choose to do more gentle, nourishing workouts like yoga or swimming until you get your outbreaks under control.
6. Hormonal Imbalance
A stressed out and overwhelmed hormonal system can trigger outbreaks. This might be true if your herpes outbreaks are at the same time every month. If so, considering ﬁnding an alternative health care professional to balance out your hormones.
7. Your Body is Toxic
Our colon, liver, kidneys, and skin all work to process toxins. Did you know that the skin, aka the integumentary system, is the largest organ in the body? If it’s struggling to eliminate toxins, then it will be challenged to keep herpes dormant. Toxins depress your immunity and impair your body’s ability to heal herpes.
8. Zinc Imbalance
Zinc is paramount for proper skin health, immunity and digestive health. White spots on your nails or indigestion could indicate a zinc deficiency.
9. Your sex life is ‘arginized’
Condoms, spermicides, jellies and sexual enhancement gels often contain a secret herpes trigger: arginine. Be sure your sexy time is free of arginine. Tip: Consider using a personal lubricant with the active ingredient carrageenan. This can decrease STD transmission.
10. Trauma in the Pelvis
I have found that emotional and physical trauma in the pelvic area can trigger genital outbreaks. This trauma can be physical, like a car accident or surgery, or it can be emotional, i.e. sexual abuse. If the trauma is physical, I suggest chiropractic or craniosacral work. If the trauma is sexual, I recommend seeking somatic (body-based) therapy.
General Physical Well-being
Eat well, sleep well, exercise properly, and behave with your body’s best interests in mind. You can consult. If your physician or a good book on diet for nutritious and balanced eating habits. But be careful. There are myths about what is good and bad for you in the way of food. A normal well-balanced diet provides everything your body needs to energize and renew itself.
A rapid shift in diet will take some time for your body to adapt to. Dieting without supervision can compound already existing problems. It can lead to nutritional deficiencies and create additional difficulties simply through the effect of a rapid change. Change without preparation involves a shift in psychological patterns, one of the cornerstones of stress. If you are concerned about nutritional deficiencies, consult your physician.
Cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol, and sugar are all examples of immunological suppressants – they can lower your immune system responses. However, the problem really is one of overdoing, especially when you should be taking care of yourself. Your body adapts very well to a moderate, constant intake of substances. If taken in excess or in isolation can depress your immune system resources.
While stopping smoking will make you a lot healthier, you probably won’t see a direct effect on herpes. Certainly not for some time. Excess, chronic, and the sudden insult to the system is the greater concern. In the simplest terms, don’t hurt yourself.
Don’t burn yourself out too often, especially when you have prodromal signs! Having a good time is one thing – overdoing it is another. Incidentally, oversleeping is just as bad as under-sleeping. Your body balance gets out of tune. Keep yourself in reasonable shape. It’s irrelevant how at least as far as herpes is concerned.
Eating and Sleeping
Eating well, sleeping well, exercising well, and acting for your own benefit all interact very strongly with how you think.
Eat a balanced diet that contains a large amount of raw, fresh fruit and vegetables. Minimize processed and reﬁned foods to give your body what it needs to function best. Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliﬂower have beneﬁcial properties that are particularly good for warding off herpes breakouts.
Reduce foods high in the amino acid Arginine and increase foods that are high in the amino acid lysine. Lysine restricts the viruses’ “food” (arginine) which helps your body control the virus. This is why I recommend lysine supplementation in my herpes regimen.
Just remember, it is not all about balancing your amino acids. The most important thing is to eat a nutritious diet that supports your individual body and its needs.
A lack of sleep can bring on a breakout. If you are letting stress consume you, breathe deeply, meditate and consider taking Panax ginseng and a B-group vitamin supplement. If you can’t avoid the trigger, have “moderation” in mind. Good rest, exercise and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes will be beneficial in strengthening the immune system. Therefore, it can help to prevent a relapse of symptoms.
Boost Your Immune System
If a person experiences very mild outbreaks it can be contributed to their immune system. This can be inﬂuenced by many things. Examples include, what strand of the herpes virus was contracted, the location of the infection, genetics, lifestyle, and diet.
Your body’s ability to fight the herpes virus and control recurrences is directly related to your immune system. Without a strong immune system, the body can become overwhelmed by herpes. Sometimes allowing severe and persistent outbreaks to surface. Your immune system is the reason why many symptoms are usually only experienced during the ﬁrst exposure to the virus.
During a ﬁrst episode, the immune system develops antibodies and other weapons against the virus. During a recurrence, then, this “immune memory” can help to ﬁght off infection more quickly. As time goes on there are usually fewer sores, they heal faster, and the outbreak is less painful. Some people never experience another recurrence.
Many people do not experience a recurrence until months and sometimes even years after their ﬁrst primary outbreak. When the recurrence does happen it is often related to a time when the immune system is weakened. This can be an illness, vaccination, change in medication, stressful event or period, poor diet, lifestyle, etc.
With a strong immune system, you can expect to have greater control over the herpes virus. This can mean fewer sores, longer spaces in between each episode and less severe symptoms when they happen.
Gaining control over herpes means two things first, being able to anticipate events and cope with them; and second, playing a direct role in symptom reduction. There are no guaranteed prescriptions to abort outbreaks. However, there are many things you can do to reduce the internal and external factors that influence them.
The first step in gaining control is to know your own body. Once you are sensitive to your own body and emotions, your awareness of changes becomes automatic. You won’t need to obsessively observe every sensation. Instead, you will become tuned in to changes related to herpes. You won’t even have to think about it, you’ll just “know”.
The information in this article consists of a number of helpful tips. They will allow you to stop and control outbreaks. Some of these ideas may seem hard to implement all at once. However, the best thing is that you don’t need to completely change your life around to do so.
Start out with the supplements I recommended. As time goes by, you will see that you have slowly used most if not all of the information that was given. You may also see that your cold sores are not coming back and your body is growing stronger.
These are the beneﬁts that you will ﬁnd by using the techniques given in this article over the long haul. That’s right — this post is for long-term usage. There is no need for you to absorb everything given here all at once and try everything immediately. Use this information slowly and see how each section can be of help to you in your ﬁght against herpes.