What Next?

What Next?

Anti-Viral Diet

In our clinical experience, we have seen how certain foods can contribute to certain conditions based on their chemical makeup.  In particular, there are many foods that can flare-up or lengthen a viral immune challenge.  These foods are high in an amino acid (a normal component of proteins) called Arginine, and usually low in an amino acid called Lysine.  Arginine is not harmful, but if it is consumed in larger quantities than Lysine, it is known to stimulate viral growth.  Lysine is suppressive to viral growth—some people even take it in pill form to prevent outbreaks of cold sores, etc.  The doctors can determine if Lysine supplements would be helpful in your case, or if other immune support will be more helpful.

As with any immune challenge, limiting SUGAR is essential to strengthening your immune system and speeding recovery.  The following list of foods to avoid is a suggestion, and not all of the foods will affect all people.  If you notice that your joints are achier, nose is stuffier, cold sores flare, etc. after eating one of these foods, it is safe to assume that you are sensitive to that food, and it should be avoided.


  • Almonds and Almond Butter
  • Pecans 
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts and Peanut Butter
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Caffeine
  • Whole wheat
  • Onions
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasteurized Dairy products
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Sesame Seeds 
  • Brown Rice
  • Infant cereal
  • Split peas
  • Wheat Germ
  • Chocolate
  • Millet
  • Soybeans


  • Raw Milk Cheese
  • Meat, beef and pork
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Spinach
  • Seafood and shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce

If a food is found to exacerbate your viral condition, you may have to continue to avoid it even after the condition has cleared up to prevent a recurrence.