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Crash diet for killing OBs

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When I first got this thing, I didn't know the first thing about it, but I observed very quickly that sugar made existing outbreaks a LOT worse. I also did some fasting during the start of an outbreak once (I wasn't trying to starve myself, there was just no food available) and it pretty much stalled the outbreak and made it much milder when it did finally break through. This led me to research the effects of diet on the virus, which led to the lists you've probably all seen.

I find it difficult to just cut all sugar and grains out of my life, but when an outbreak starts, I slam the door on it, hard. This is a very restricted diet, I really don't recommend eating like this all the time unless you want to die of malnourishment. I only eat like this for a few days every three or four months, (during an OB) and try to eat healthy otherwise.

The core diet:

-Raw broccoli (for indole-3-carbinol. It's slightly slanted towards argenine, but contains a lot of lysine too. It doesn't seem to be notable one way or the other in acid/alkaline.) Just cut it up and eat it straight. No steaming, nothing.

-Raw tomatoes (for lysine, vitamin C, and other immune-system boosting vitamins. They are acidic, but don't worry, the next step will take care of that. I know that lysine is actually more bio-available in ketchup, but I just can't bring myself to guzzle ketchup from the jar, and I don't trust the additives.) Just cut them up and eat them straight, or get the tiny ones if that's too messy.

-Fresh-squeezed lemon juice in water. (For the alkaline. Drink enough of these babies, and you'll be as alkaline as a Duracell. The vitamin C doesn't hurt either. I have heard lemons can also help topically, cannot confirm or deny this, but it can't do any harm.) Just cut the lemon in half, squeeze it (with either a citrus juicer, or in a pinch, a fork) and drink about half a lemon's worth in a glass of water. I drink this without any sweeteners. DO NOT put sugar in it. I wouldn't recommend aspartame either. Some people said stevia is okay, but it is derived from the sunflower family, and I would avoid anything to do with seeds or nuts.

The consumption of these three things will make your body the kind of hostile place viruses won't want to raise their families.

>: D So that's my core line of attack. But wait, there's more.

-Fresh mango. (It has high lysine content, and is alkaline.) Hard to find in good, edible condition, especially off-season. If you get lucky and find some, peel it, cut it up and enjoy. Goes well with...

-Plain yogurt. (VERY high lysine content, and I've heard about dairy having positive effects too. Have heard of people using milk topically, so it can't hurt to try it topically, although I promise nothing on that front. Fun fact: plain yogurt is actually good for the vaginal balance and is used as a remedy for yeast infections, so women with vaginal outbreaks can try this internally. I don't get vaginal outbreaks, so I don't know if it helps, but it won't hurt.) Eat with spoon. Can add chunks of mango. Since I couldn't find any fresh mango, I am eating mine with an organic, no-sugar-added mango juice I got in a health food store. Tastes rather good, actually, and fingers crossed.

-Zinc and B vitamins. Just saw these around and decided to start taking them. They certainly haven't done any harm. Note: I don't take a multi because multis contain iron. Iron is usually a good thing, but mild anemia actually helps you fight off viruses. You don't want to be anemic all the time, but it's your temporary friend.

-Nothing. Intermittent fasting (and low iron) boost cathelicidin, which is part of your immune system and kicks viral ass. You'll note that there isn't a whole lot of food on this diet. There's a reason for that.

Note that this diet is primarily EXCLUSIVE and not inclusive. In other words, you don't have this AND a hamburger. You just have this. Although adding things in from the "good" list is probably okay, just use common sense. I've been meaning to experiment with straight black tea, as I've heard good things.

There you have it. This diet stops outbreaks from getting worse and switches them to healing mode pretty fast for me, and I hope it helps others too.


-This is NOT a long-term strategy. It is an "OMG I want this outbreak to end NOW" diet. You'd use something way more moderate for prevention. This diet is not even remotely balanced.

-It doesn't taste that great to most people. Unsweetened lemon? Raw broccoli? Plain yogurt? Raw tomatoes by THEMSELVES? If you're used to everything being doused in sugar and corn syrup, it's a shock to the palate. Personally, I don't think it's that bad.

-It makes me pee a lot. Maybe it's all the lemon juice, or that there's so much water in veggies, but if you're like me, you'll wonder how Niagara Falls ended up in your crotch.

-It makes my stool liquid and green. Gross, right? Not as gross as some things I can think of...

-It makes me drop a lot of weight in a hurry. If you have a low weight and are likely to disappear if you turn sideways as it is, or if you have some kind of eating disorder and could become obsessed with something that makes you shed pounds, this might be really dangerous for you. For the rest of you, if you don't mind dropping a dress size, it probably won't do any harm. (Note: I also get really bad fevers diet or no diet, which could contribute to my weight loss. Your results may vary.)

-I am not a doctor. Some or all of this may be medically inaccurate. It seems to work for me, and I'm not dead yet. That's about the only promise I can make.

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I am not on any meds, prescription or otherwise. Too damn poor. I've used the OTC cream Abreva, which seems to do more than nothing, less than what I'd like. I used Abreva with this diet, but I've also used Abreva alone, and there's really no comparison.

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