1. Avoid supplements or foods containing lots of Arginine
If you eat supplements or foods that contain high amounts of amino acid arginine, then it may provoke herpes episodes. The virus needs this amino acid for growth, replication and to become active. So by limiting the foods containing high amounts of Arginine will help in reducing the breakouts.
2. Eat foods with Lysine
Lysine is one amino acid that can stop the virus causing herpes. You can eat foods with high amount of Lysine or you can take a lysine supplement. Some of the foods that contain this amino acid in higher amounts are vegetables and fruits such as beets, avocados, tomatoes, apples, mangoes, pears, apples and papaya etc.; dairy products; eggs; fish; sprouts etc.
3. Avoid artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners can trigger a herpes outbreak. There are generally available in different types of foods and drinks, especially the sugar free and diet drinks. There are also available in some toothpastes. By checking the label of the product, you’ll be able to find out if artificial sweeteners present in that.
4. Avoid some other products
You also need to avoid protein shakes or muscle building formulas, coffee, caffeine, soda, white bread, white and refined sugars etc. It is also good for you to drink alcohol in moderation. Also eat chocolates, oats and nuts in moderation to avoid any possible herpes outbreak.
5. Eat foods that are good for your skin
If you nourish your skin with the necessary nutrients, it will help you in resisting infection besides regenerating and repairing itself. You will need lots of vitamin C, zinc, and flavonoids to nourish your skin. Even if there are breakouts, these nutrients will help your skin to heal quickly.
6. Avoid junk and processed foods
If possible, try to avoid deep-fried foods, junk foods and other processed because they can cause herpes outbreak. You should also avoid foods that contain artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. You also need to reduce the amount of saturated animal fat that you eat, which are available in different animal products including meat.
7. Eat more cruciferous vegetables
You need to eat more cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. They will help you to stop herpes. They all contain a compound known as indole-3-carbine (I3E) in high amount. This element interface with the reproduction of herpes simplex virus.
8. Include more fresh raw foods in the diet
You should include fresh raw foods in your diet naturally. It should be a way of life because it is not only beneficial in case of herpes but it will also help you to maintain a healthy life. It will give you more energy and vitality and a better skin. Such as skin will be able to prevent herpes outbreaks. Also the natural ingredients of many of the raw foods will interfere with the herpes virus and will not let it cause an outbreak.
9. Eat antioxidant rich foods
When you eat antioxidant rich foods like berries, parsley, chilies, peepers, beets and prunes, you will help you to keep away diseases and infections. Antioxidants can neutralize the free radicals and thereby prevent the damages caused by them.
10. Eat foods that help you to relax and destress
If you are stressed, it will contribute to the frequency and length of herpes outbreaks. So, you need to eat those foods which will help you to relax and keep away stress. If you eat a diet rich in B vitamins and magnesium, it will help you to stay relaxed. Take vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and magnesium supplements if necessary.