Simple Dietary Trick To Stop Viral Infections
Viral infections are extremely common. They are also extremely unpleasant. In today’s article I’m going to share with you some powerful ways to stop viral infection outbreaks using diet. With some simple guidelines, you can dramatically reduce outbreaks and prevent them from reoccurring.
The Risk Of Viruses
Did you know that 50 percent of all adults will experience a shingles outbreak at some point in their lives? Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. All who have ever had chicken pox and especially those who received a vaccination are at risk.
And did you know that 50 million Americans are infected with the herpes virus? That’s 1 in 6. Most who are infected don’t even know it. But when the immune system is weakened due to stress, 50 million Americans may suffer outbreaks.
Meanwhile, the common cold as well as the flu are caused by viruses. And there are many other examples of common (and uncommon) viruses that can cause unpleasant infections.
Some viral infections are merely unpleasant. Some are really painful. Some are even life threatening. And to the best of your ability, you should avoid outbreaks.
What Viruses Feed On
Viruses feed on a natural amino acid called arginine. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, so they are found in the foods you eat. Diets that are exceptionally high in arginine provide lots of food for viruses to replicate. That produces outbreaks.
That is the reason that many people with herpes infections cannot eat foods high in arginine without getting painful cold sores (which are caused by the virus). Most people with herpes infections cannot eat peanuts or chocolate, for example. Both are very high in arginine.
What Stops Viruses In Their Tracks
Just as arginine feeds viruses, another amino acid starves them. That amino acid is called lysine. The more lysine your diet includes, the better.
The good news is that when you eat enough lysine, it cancels out the negative effects of arginine. When it comes to controlling viruses with diet, what matters the most is the ratio of arginine to lysine. As long as the ratio is low (meaning that arginine to lysine is less than 1), viruses can’t thrive.
But as soon as the diet includes more arginine than lysine, viruses start to reproduce like crazy. And that is what causes outbreaks.
So the simple solution is to keep lysine intake greater than arginine intake.
An Antiviral Diet
If you have a latent viral infection (such as herpes or varicella-zoster) or if you are concerned that you have recently caught a virus, consider an antiviral diet. An antiviral diet is one that is low in arginine and high in lysine.
First, let’s talk about some foods that are high in lysine and low in arginine.
All leafy green, brassica, and root vegetables are great sources of lysine and help fight viruses. Among vegetables, the brassicas are some of the best choices. That includes things like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Beets and potatoes are also exceptional choices.
Many fruits are good choices. In fact, oranges and raisins are the only common fruit that are cause for concern. All the rest are great selections. Some of the very best are apples and pears as well as figs.
Meats, fish, and dairy are also good choices. Dairy in particular has a very high lysine to arginine ratio, and it is great for fighting viruses.
However, there are some foods that should be limited or entirely avoided during times of concern. These foods, all very high in arginine, can feed viruses like nothing else. Some of the most troublesome are peanuts, chocolate, and wheat. Most people who have latent viral infections will be best to avoid those foods almost entirely.
Some other foods are also rich in arginine, and they can be problematic for some people. During outbreaks or when you’ve recently caught a virus, it is best to limit these foods. They include raisins, oranges, oats, lentils, nuts, and seeds. It’s not necessary to limit these foods most of the time, however. But they should be eaten in balance with high lysine foods such as those listed earlier, including apples, meat, dairy, and vegetables.
Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be light years ahead of most men when it comes to protecting yourself. While most men will get sick for a week with the latest virus going around, you can expect to nip it in the bud right away.
Viral infections can have seriously negative impacts on health and quality of life. The good news is that you can control and prevent most infections and outbreaks with some simple dietary choices. Keep your lysine intake high and arginine intake low, and you can avoid most viral problems.