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A Strong Immune System: The Best Medicine

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Warrior Princess

Of course, we are all hoping that one day someone will discover how to defeat this virus for good, but in the mean time we do the best with what we are given. After reading a clinical research paper about herpes, I was a little surprised to find out that oral Acyclovir treatment only speeds up the cold sore healing process by about one day, and that topical Acyclovir treatment, like Abreva or Zovirax, is only effective in immunocompromised individuals (Chayavichitsilp, et al. 2009).

So I wondered if there was anything else that I could do to help control potential outbreaks. My first outbreak was very scary because it spread over about 1/4 of my upper lip, which I believe was a result of a secondary staph infection that weakened my immune system and allowed the virus to thrive. In the months that followed, I sought to develop a healthier lifestyle to protect myself from illness. It was then that I came across the novel Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Though the novel focuses on adopting a natural plant-based diet for the purpose of weight loss, Dr. Fuhrman explains how fruits are vegetables can supercharge our immune system to protect us from illness and disease. These natural foods contain phytochemicals, which interact in "magical" ways that can't be mimicked by manufactured pills or supplements. On the other hand, junk food overloaded with sugar and even animal protein are culprits of an overworked, suboptimal immune system. So I adopted a healthier diet to battle the virus with my own immune cells and did not see another cold sore for five months. This time it was tiny, and the bump subsided within 3 days.

Although there are outbreak triggers that we cannot always control, especially stress, I believe that we underestimate the power of our natural body to protect us from herpes. If we give it strength, our immune system is the best medicine we have against this virus.

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Kitty3443

So how much do you think chocolate has to do with the start of the outbreaks?

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RealisticGal

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

That ol' Hippocrates had a clue!!!

Kitty, I think when it comes to chocolate and other specific items, you just need to track your reactions to see how it works for you. Some folks apparently have no problem with it. Chocolate actually has some health benefits, if it is good quality stuff. I mean after all, it comes from a bean so it is a vegetable, right???

:hmmmm2:

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Warrior Princess

RealisticGal, I agree!

Kitty3443, I don't know anything about there being a relationship between chocolate and herpes, but dark chocolate does contain antioxidants which protect you from the formation of free radicals in your body that may cause cancer. Too much becomes unhealthy because of the sugar load. I think it is more important to look at your overall health, so if there are too many sweets in your diet, it may be stressing your immune system. I'm not a doctor or researcher, but from my knowledge, I say eat well, sleep well and exercise so your body is strong.

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