Tell Me What Causes Cold Sores
You do not realize it now, but in the next few moments you will learn exactly what causes your cold sores and what you can do right now to eliminate them.
Everyone is different and each cold sore event unique. But for the vast majority of us cold sore victims, what causes cold sores is quite similar.
First, let us not forget that the root cause of all cold sores is the herpes simplex virus. There are eight known types of herpes, two of which have been identified as causing cold sores. These are herpes simplex type 1 or type 2.
Nearly everyone in the world carries these highly contagious viruses. Normally, this virus is dormant. Should it become active, it will begin the replication process on your lip or nose. This is basically what causes all cold sores.
The key, then, to learning what causes cold sores is actually to determine what the triggers are that causes the your cold sore virus to wake up.
Injury to the target area is a common trigger that causes cold sores. Sunlight is excellent for your skin, but sunburn is not. Sunburn commonly triggers cold sores. Burning your lip with hot pizza, or biting it, or kissing someone with an active cold sore can cause cold sores too.
Any mental stress manifests itself physically, and is quite often responsible for causing cold sores. Some common "mental stress" triggers are upcoming events such as weddings, class reunions or presentations in front of people.
Eliminating stress is the most often suggested solution for reducing, or preventing cold sores.
Good luck on that, my friend. It is a cop-out statement by folks who really do not understand what it is like to suffer cold sores like us.
Face it - no one can totally avoid stress in life. Each person may deal with it differently, both physically and mentally, but the fact remains that stress is part of being alive and active - quite often beyond our control.
But we can control what stress actually does to our bodies.
Truth is - stress, through various ways, causes the body to become acid. When this happens, the many viruses living in us see an opportunity to become active. Herpes virus loves an acid situation and will become active if and when that happens.
Our acid and alkaline balance, called pH balance, is very fragile. A pH of seven is neutral. Anything below seven is acid, and above is alkaline. The ideal pH for optimal health is an alkaline 7.4 pH. Your body will do whatever it can to keep your pH near that goal. All minerals help, but calcium is the primary mineral for this purpose.
The ultimate trigger that causes cold sores is an acid body pH below 7.
The ultimate solution, then, is keeping our pH above 7. We can do this with the foods we eat and the nutrients we absorb.
The base recommendation for anyone is taking a good multivitamin and mineral supplement. This alone helps greatly to keep your pH in the normal range.
Acid forming foods include chocolate (ouch!), table salt, sugar, soybean, soft drinks, most meat and coffee. Alkaline forming foods include sea salt, stevia, asparagus, garlic, mineral water, wild rice, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, olive oil, flax, and, believe it or not, most citrus fruit.
Now do not panic. You do not have to eat like a rabbit. Your diet should simply provide variety and balance. And, be sure to take a very good vitamin and mineral supplement. This alone can prevent a lot of problems.
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