The fact of the matter is…almost everyone has herpes. It can be transferred from one person to another just from sharing food! I think more people have it than don’t, but not all of those people are having outbreaks all the time.
Most medical doctors will tell you if you are diagnosed with herpes, that you will need to take an antiviral medication like Valtrex every day. But you don’t. Not if you know these bits of information.
Inadequate Calcium Absorption
Usable calcium, in the form of calcium lactate, can bolster your immune system function. Other signs that you may need more calcium include muscle spasms like Charley Horses or “growing pains.” Your nails may have weak tips as well. Calcium helps to buffer your body against a too acidic diet of sugars and breads and grains.
Do not take calcium carbonate: this is a product similar to sheet rock and it takes about 12 steps for your body to metabolize it before your cells can use it.
Omega 3 fatty acids allow your body to absorb calcium. The fact is, if you are eating things like leafy green vegetables or yogurt regularly, you are probably not deficient in calcium. But you may be deficient in fatty acids, which are the healthy oils found in certain fish like halibut, tuna, sardines, and salmon; coconut, flaxseed or olive oils; eggs; and nuts like almonds.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors or in the sun, the large amount of vitamin D your body then produces also can leave calcium unabsorbed in your bloodstream. If you are in this situation, up your dosage of essential fatty acids, maybe take a fish oil supplement to get the calcium absorbed better and to prevent sores and blisters.
Another nutrient that allows for the absorption of calcium is magnesium. Foods such as dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate are naturally rich in magnesium. If you crave chocolate, you may in fact be hearing a message from your body that you need more magnesium!
Chronic Low-Grade Stress
If your body is under chronic stress or if you have a sleep deprivation or poor eating habits, your immune system will suffer and you will be more prone to skin eruptions. Stress depletes your body of certain vitamins such as D and C. If you feel that your stress levels can’t change and this is just how things have to be for now – at least supplement a good whole food source of vitamin C, or be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat a fresh salad every day for at least one meal!
An acidic diet due to stress or due to lack of funds or information can also weaken your immune system. Most health conditions can be fixed just with diet alone! Yet most of the nutritional information available is actually quite bad. Too much bread, refined grains especially; too much sugary snacks and drinks; too much caffeine, alcohol, drugs (including prescriptions); artificial foods such as aspartame and food dyes all are incredibly acidic. When your digestive tract becomes too acidic, inflammation occurs.
Inflammation could include viral or bacterial infections, hormone imbalances, immune system reactions, digestive upset, or emotional stress. A balanced diet with healthy fats and oils, plenty of organic protein, lots of vegetables of all varieties (especially greens), and fresh fruit is the standard for care. Follow this 80% of the time and you can eliminate about 80% of all dis-eases!
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