Balance Body pH and Cold Sore Help
Melissa - wow, where to start? I really need some help to balance my body pH.
I am suffering from frequent (I mean FREQUENT every 3 weeks) cold sore outbreaks. I bought the pH testing kit and have tested every a.m. and p.m. and my average is 6.2.
Yesterday I ate something (corn tacos or cashews or cake - one or all of these) that started the outbreak process. By the time I got home, my pH was dropping from my normal of 6.2 down to a 5.8. I frantically drank lemon juice and pH drops to no avail. When I went to bed the pH test showed me at 5.2. The strip didn't even change color I was so acidic!
What can I do to boost my pH during times like this and what can I do to help my immune system fight this virus?
Thanks for your help.ANSWER
First let me say that it is normal for our urine pH
and saliva pH
to change throughout the day. Our body pH levels are the most acidic late at night and the most alkaline during early afternoon.
Our body pH
can also change after we have had something to eat or drink. Even stress can have an effect on our pH levels.
See body pH changes
for more information on how and when to test. And of course for what it all means.
So don't test too frequently if it is going to stress you out. It took a long time for your body to get too acidic in the first place and healing will take a long time too (although not near as long thank goodness!).
Stress might also be the reason for your cold sore outbreaks.
A common natural remedy to suppress the herpes virus is lysine. Take 1-3 grams per day to keep the cold sores away. See my page on amino acid supplements
for more details on lysine.
High doses of vitamin C
can also help prevent cold sores. At the first sign of an approaching outbreak, do a vitamin C flush
. That will flood your cells and tissues with enough of the vitamin to stop the virus from replicating.
The lysine and vitamin C are more for managing the outbreak though. If you are looking more toward prevention, get your vitamin D levels
New research is showing that if your body has enough vitamin D, herpes outbreaks will not happen.
Maybe you're thinking there is no way you could be vitamin D deficient
. You live in Florida, after all.
But it is highly possible, probable even.
Studies have shown that the vast majority of Arizonans (occupants of our sunniest state) are deficient. If they can't get enough of a vitamin D dosage
, then what chance to the rest of us have?
Keep in mind that sunscreen blocks vitamin D production.
So, in summary, be patient with your body pH levels. It can take months to get your body pH balance
back on track.
As long as you are eating lots of alkaline forming foods
and limiting the processed acid forming foods
, you'll get there.
If you are looking for faster results, try these alkaline supplements
And go to your doctor for vitamin D testing
to get your cold sore outbreaks under control. You'll want your vitamin D levels
to be over 50 ng/ml.
Wishing you the best of health,