What Causes Cold Sores & What They’re Telling You About Your Health

What Causes Cold Sores & What They’re Telling You About Your Health

October 1, 2019 100 By Ewald Bahringer


Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here, doctor of natural medicine
founder, draxe.com. In this video I’ll be talking about what a
cold sore is and then natural remedies and treatments to get rid of cold sores for good. If you ever had a cold sore, they can be painful
and also, they are highly contagious. And I’ll be talking about the natural anti-viral
supplements, foods, and nutrients that can help you get rid of a cold score fast in this
video. So let’s dive right in and talk about, what
is a cold sore? Well, here is something you need to know. Forty percent of Americans get cold sores
repeatedly, somewhat on a regular basis. So this is very, very common. Ninety percent of people get at least one
cold sore in their lifetime. Now, until that area, that cold sore is scabbed
or crusted, it is highly contagious. You don’t want people drinking after you,
or if you have someone love, you don’t want to be drinking after them, kissing them, or
doing anything to where you’re exposed to that highly contagious virus on that area.  Most commonly seen really on the outside of
the lips, sometimes around even the cheek area. Usually it lasts about 7-10 days and it’s
commonly confused with a canker sore, but it’s not. A canker sore is more of an ulcer.  Now, here are the causes. Type 1 herpes simplex virus. Okay. So, the biggest thing to know about it, is
it’s viral. So anti-bacterial things don’t work on it. If you’re going to do something, you’ve got
to strengthen your body’s own immune to kill that virus itself. In addition, doing different herbs and supplements
that are anti-viral in their benefit.  Some things to know. Causes of getting this can include kissing,
sharing cups or utensils, or even sharing lipsticks or a toothbrush with somebody who
has that virus on their lips. Here is what it says about someone’s health. Number one, and this is by far number one,
too much stress. If somebody is under a lot of emotional stress,
it can really cause a virus to come out. And I’ll give you an example of this.  It’s not just herpes simplex virus with the
cold sore. And it’s not always just a virus, it can be
other types of bacteria or fungi. Lyme disease is something is an example of
somebody that’s under a lot of stress. Lyme can really sort of overtake their body,
herpes simplex here in this case. Another example is Epstein-Barr virus. If somebody is having a lot of fatigue and
worn down, that virus really can sort of over-take your body when your body gets weak, and emotional
stress will do that. Again, number one thing that will cause herpes
simplex virus in cold sores is too much stress.  Number two here, really excess exposure to
sunlight. If you get way too much sunlight and you’re
getting burned on that area around your lips and face a lot, that can contribute, definitely
not a main cause though. Number three, a weakened immune system. This is the second biggest thing along with
stress, is weakened immunity. If your immune system is just really worn
down, your body can’t fight off viruses.  Here is the thing to know. All of us have different viruses in our body,
even right now we have parasites, we have virus, bad bacteria. We are created to have those within us. That’s normal. But it’s when our bodies get too weak to fight
it off that we really get sick. So again, a lot of times people say, “Well,
I need to go and treat this herpes simplex virus.” You don’t need to treat it. Listen, your body heals itself. Your body will kill it. You just need to work on supporting your body
and strengthening your body to not get cold sores. Hormone fluctuations can contribute, as can
fatigue there as well. Not getting enough sleep, in addition to stress,
definitely some big things that can cause cold sores. So let’s talk about natural cold sore treatments,
remedies, and supplements. Number one, eat immune-boosting foods. Now, immune-boosting foods are going to be
lots of vegetables fruits and especially herbs. And medicinal mushrooms in ancient Chinese
medicine were often used to strengthen the immune system, shitake, reishi mushrooms,
maitake. So doing like a mushroom in a broth soup.  So think about chicken broth. When somebody got sick in ancient China, they
would consume chicken broth with lots of vegies along with, they would do like a ginger tea. Right, okay? So that’s what they would do that it boosted
the immune system. We know garlic and onions are very supportive
of the immune system. The herb ginger. We know, again, chicken broth as I mentioned,
but lots of vegetables especially some citrus fruits like lemon. Those things are all going to help strengthen
the immune system and help you kill off this cold sore.  Number two, supplement with vitamin E. Vitamin
E has really great properties for supporting healthy levels of inflammation. It’s great. It has some anti-viral properties, so you
can supplement with vitamin E. Supplementing with vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural immune
booster. Again, bell peppers are great. Papaya, very high in vitamin C. Kiwi, strawberries,
broccoli, all vitamin C rich foods. Of course, orange is another citrus fruit
there as well.  Boost your zinc intake. Now, zinc is going to be found in high levels
in things like pumpkin seeds there, but you may consider taking a zinc supplement if you’ve
come down with a cold sore, typically about 30-60, probably 30 milligrams twice a day
of zinc for about 30 days if you’re having that issue.  Take L-lysine. L-lysine is an amino acid that really supports
and strengthens the immune system. And really, it’s going to support your body
in killing off that virus. So doing L-lysine as a supplement daily can
also be greatly beneficial. And then again, using some natural sunscreen. And what I recommend is mixing up some coconut
oil, add in some lavender oil, myrrh essential oil, pomegranate oil, but making your own
sunscreen, or using a really good brand of sunscreen. And again, just not getting over-exposure
to skin.  Now listen, actually getting about 30 minutes
a day of direct sunlight, getting a little vitamin D can actually help boost your immune
system, but you don’t want to get burned. Getting burnt actually taxes your body and
that can actually increase your risk of cold sores. So again, getting a little sun is good, too
much sun is bad.  Here are some other natural treatments to
use topically. Number one, aloe vera juice. Now, aloe vera juice is good for any type
of ulcer or any type of cold sore, burn. It’s good for healing in areas, so apply aloe
vera gel. Use peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil has anti-viral properties and
has a numbing agent called menthol that’s in the essential oil.  Applying vanilla oil or extract can be a good
option. Drink Echinacea tea. Now, Echinacea is a potent immune booster
and has anti-viral properties. In fact, one of the number one treatment is
drinking the Echinacea tea, but then taking the tea bag you just cooked and actually using
it as a compress on the area for about two to five minutes can be greatly beneficial
as well. And then ice the area if you’re having pain
there as well as sort of a natural way to numb the area.  So listen, cold sores, here’s the thing you
got to know. Number one, be proactive. If you’re a person you know you’re not getting
enough sleep, you’ve got a lot of emotional stress and your diet isn’t good, hey, let’s
fix those problems. Get more sleep, schedule some things in your
week that just help you relieve and reduce stress. Maybe get a massage or just go for a walk
in nature. Here is another great thing. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts and lavender
oil. Do things to unwind and reduce stress. Again, clean up your diet with immune boosting
foods and make sure to get the nutrients, especially zinc, vitamin C and L-lysine in
your diet. If you do that, it’s really going to help
you fight cold sores and get rid of them very quickly.  Hey, if you have enjoyed this live training
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