Foods That Trigger Herpes Outbreaks


So yes, there are some things you can do to help manage your herpes outbreaks and/or feed your herpes outbreak. In other blog posts I talk about lifestyle, supplements and why people get outbreaks. So today I’m going to talk about foods that feed outbreaks and why.

Just so we’re clear, there is not a ton of research done on foods that trigger herpes outbreaks. Typically herpes outbreaks are caused from hormone fluctuations, stress, weak immune system, exposure to hot sun or cold wind. Yes, these things can cause herpes outbreaks too. 

With that being said, some say that foods don’t trigger their outbreaks and other people say they can’t even look at a type of food without getting an outbreak. Everyone is different. Me personally, I have some foods that I avoid or proceed with caution. But if you’re someone who is not getting outbreaks from food triggers then that is great. If you’re someone who is getting multiple outbreaks and can’t figure out why the foods you’re eating might have something to do with it. 

Before I get into the foods let’s get into the why.

There are foods that boost your immune system and then there are foods that of course weaken your immune system. In addition to that, there is a protein called arginine that in fact speeds up the viral growth. Arginine is an essential amino acid that does a lot of great things for our bodies, but it does help feed the herpes virus. On the flip side, lysine, which is also an essential amino acid, does just the opposite. It actually stops the replication of the herpes virus. So with keeping that in mind there are foods that are high lysine and there are foods that are high in arginine. 

Also keeping in line with foods that play a role when it comes to herpes outbreaks. It’s no surprise that eating whole real food such as fruits, veggies, lean proteins and not a lot of fried or processed foods will be helpful with boosting our immune system. These foods are filled with more vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to boost our immune system and keep our herpes outbreaks at bay. 

Okay without further delay, here’s the list of foods to avoid or just proceed with caution


  1. Nuts
  2. Peanuts
  3. Coffee bean
  4. Coconut
  5. Whole grains
  6. Legumes 
  7. Sugar

Something I don’t want to see happen is for us to develop anxiety around foods, or foods that could possibly trigger herpes outbreaks. The process of learning how to live with herpes and prevent herpes outbreaks or speed up recovery is a journey. We’re not going to get it all figured out on day 1. 

Personally, I drink wine, eat nuts and eat chocolate daily. I do it in moderation and I know what my body can handle. Many of you can eat all of these foods and see no outbreaks and some of you won’t even be able to look a say trail mix without getting an outbreak. 

The best thing to do here is just eat healthy foods that boost your immune system and make you feel good. There are lysine supplements that you can take daily that will help block the arginine effects in your body. Lysine and monolaurine are something that I take daily because I feel that they have so many great benefits. I order mine through Palmera health, formally knows as Natural Cure Labs. I think they have the best efficacy when it comes to manufacturing as well as the best product out there. 

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