Did you know that 3 out of 4 Americans have herpes? That’s more popular these days than "Zoom Happy Hour". So why aren’t the majority of us actively taking steps to prevent a future outbreak?
Mainly because our individual immune response—the body’s natural defense—normally does a good job defeating the villains, a.k.a. sores around the mouth or genitals.
“Only 1 in 5 Americans who have the herpes virus show physical symptoms.”
But if you think clearing a cold sore is all you have to do to be transmission free, think again. In fact, one of the most effective ways to mitigate the risk of transmission is to nurture your body’s internal superhero, The Immune System!
Supporting Your Immune Health
What are the best ways to keep the immune system in super, six-pack, spandex-sporting, shape?
Sleep. Listen to your body. If you’re not hitting snooze because Happy Hour turned into Happy Hour(s), then it could be your body trying to tell you how much sleep it needs to stay healthy. Irregularity and lack of sleep often lead to illness.
Ignoring warning signs may lead to a variety of illnesses, during which time the Herpes Virus is more likely to express itself, wreaking havoc on your personal life.
“See how many hours of sleep you may need at the National Sleep Foundation, and head over to PubMed for a more in-depth look at sleep and the immune system.”
Diet. Check all the boxes you know you should, and then some. This approach is less about avoiding foods you love and more about ensuring you incorporate some of the most beneficial ones into your normal diet.
According to Harvard Medical School, we should all find a daily place in our diet to include more fresh vegetables and greens.
The bottom line is that basic nutrients found within natural foods, i.e. not that box of mac & cheese, nourish your immune system, helping turn away everything from outbreaks to the common cold.
“A salad a day cannot be replaced by any supplement, pill or powder. Here are a handful of salads to work into your routine that should help keep the doctor away, and compliment your mac & cheese!”
Prepare. Stay informed of all treatment options when you feel an outbreak is coming. Sometimes the effects of stress are just too powerful for us humans; gain the upper hand by confronting symptoms in their tracks and returning control back to your life.
Anti-Viral Immunity Boosting Supplements may be taken to help your body’s natural response for fighting an outbreak before it starts, but when circumstances get the better of you, it’s ok to call in a little extra help from the pharmacy to bring you back to your most confident self.
Remember that stress triggers may not be the same for everyone.
A healthy immune system gives you a great opportunity to lead a happy and symptom-free lifestyle.