The simple answer is no. Herpes is caused by a virus. There are various strains of herpes viruses, such as shingles, herpes zoster, oral herpes, genital herpes types one and two, and chicken pox, which is a type of herpes virus. Viruses are notoriously challenging to eradicate from the body due to their tiny size and robust protein outer coating, which the immune system struggles to penetrate. These viruses often hide in different parts of the body, making appearances at specific times. For instance, oral herpes can lie dormant in parts of the spine, particularly in areas with poor blood circulation, and emerge during certain periods. Similarly, genital herpes can remain inactive in the lower parts of the body and become active at particular times.
There are methods to manage herpes, one being a diet rich in the amino acid lysine. Foods high in lysine include chicken and beef. Conversely, those with herpes should limit intake of foods high in the L-arginine amino acid, such as chocolate and nuts. Stress is a significant trigger for herpes, both oral and genital.
Candida, a yeast fungus, is entirely different from a virus like herpes. However, individuals with herpes might be more susceptible to Candida and vice versa. Candida can lower your resistance, making one vulnerable to various infections. This susceptibility is magnified in individuals with adrenal fatigue, cortisol imbalances, sleeping disturbances, and high stress levels. These conditions can cause adrenal and thyroid issues, increasing the risk for yeast infections.
In our book Candida Crusher, we discuss the relationship between adrenal fatigue and Candida. Strengthening one’s body is key, not just against Candida but against any infection. A robust immune system, supported by a well-functioning endocrine or hormonal system, plays a crucial role. To bolster your immune system, maintain a healthy balance between work, relaxation, a nutritious diet, and fostering positive relationships.
Disclaimer: While this information is provided based on our knowledge and research, it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and concerns.