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Herpes Outbreaks – Is it Coffee

By Nanci Elliott

I have been conducting a tremendous amount of research on the causes of herpes outbreaks in the past few years and I am now at the point where coffee is looking like a serious culprit. I could not find any medical studies directly linking caffeine to herpes outbreaks (and as there is no money to be made from linking the two, I am not sure who would ever fund this study), I did find a significant amount of data regarding coffee and the adrenal glands.

Coffee and Exhaustion: When you drink coffee, the caffeine will begin by enhancing neuron activity in your brain. This increased neuron activity sends a message to your pituitary gland to secrete a hormone which in return, sends a message to your adrenal glands to release adrenalin. Adrenaline is an important factor in the, “fight or flight” response which puts your body under great stress. Adrenaline is very important if we are being chased in a dark alley or preparing for an athletic event, but at our work desk each morning? Not so important.

Exhaustion and Herpes Outbreaks: This constant flooding of unnecessary adrenaline, coupled with the sharp drop in adrenaline as the hormone wears off, depletes our adrenal glands and can cause fatigue, headache, irritability and/or mental confusion. Continuing with the cycle for years can leave one in a state of complete exhaustion, and it is this exhaustion that in my opinion can lead to chronic herpes outbreaks.

Caffeine; where is it? I have identified coffee as a major source of caffeine but it is vital to recognize that caffeine is found in abundance in chocolate, tea (black and green), and soft drinks. If you think you are consuming too much caffeine or would like further ideas on the source of your herpes outbreaks, Nanci Elliott and her research can be found at The Herpes Blog. Nanci Elliott has been studying female genital herpes for over 20 years and her written work can be found on her blog, as well as on several other herpes information and support websites.
Additional Reading:

Stop Herpes Now and From Coming Back For Good by Dr David Hoggs

Positive SingleSupport site for herpes members.

Good Health Habit – Mastication

That is a real mouthful of a word, mastication. When you think about getting healthy, we often discuss the different foods and mixture of the various food groups. But you know, this one simple thing can go a long way towards encouraging good health.

Mastication, according to the Mirriam-Webster is a transitive verb –
1 : to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth

If you chew each mouthful of food thoroughly before swallowing, it not only aids digestion, but also helps you to enjoy the full flavour of what you are eating. Digestion begins in the mouth, with many sugars already being processed.

Another benefit is that it reduces the strain on the stomach and the intestines. So, to put it delicately, mastication makes abulations easier. Smile. That is good news.

So, remember. When next you eat – masticate.

Introduction to LOHAS

For those who are concerned about living a healthy lifestyle, you would most likely have heard of LOHAS. For the others, LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. 

What this means is that LOHAS represents a group (a very large group) of people who are concerned about and are focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice.

There are lots of information on the Internet about this already and a simple search for “lohas” should yield you lots of results.

At Nurture Your Own, we are not LOHAS fanatic, but we are in agreement with the ideals of LOHAS. Growing and eating your own sprouts, healthy living, focus on alternative healing and more; these are topics that we have been dealing with here. With LOHAS, an expanded dimension is added and we hope that as we share more, you will add your views and comments so that we will all be part of a big learning community.

If you want to Write about LOHAS, do let us know.