Here's wishing everyone a very happy Valentines with the one they love, and most importantly that you are outbreak free during this time. I can't think of anything worse during the "kissing season" than having a nice festering cold sore on your lip (sorry for the image). This is usually the case for me and this time just makes me that little bit more self-conscious.
Just some advice, I personally don't follow so I may sound a bit hypocritical. Chocolate is considered a trigger for outbreaks, so try limit the amount you eat. But how is that even possible when you are bombarded at every corner with these delicious, scrumptious and mouth watering treats? It seems that the seasons are always approaching sooner and I'm not sure if the stores are confused but Easter and Valentines seem to be overlapping. Making abstaining from chocolate twice as hard!
Yes you may have realised, chocolate is my kryptonite. Every time I try quit it, the cravings come back with a vengeance. I have however made my choices slightly more healthy by eating less processed forms of it. My new favourite treats are these raw chocolate brownies which are more than enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. They make snacking on them feel so much less guilty. I can't get enough of them! But I digress.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and with regards to cold sores, it is well known that magnesium relieves stress
As far as chocolate being a trigger for cold sores, I must say that I'm not 100% sold on the idea, but you know very well I am biased. I for one haven't really noticed an increase in outbreaks when consuming chocolate or a decrease when not. I have gone from binging to long cessations without this heavenly substance. Raw cacao is regarded as one of the superfood gods, whilst there's a lot of conflicting research on this, it is one of the highest sources of natural magnesium you can get. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and with regards to cold sores, it is well known that magnesium relieves stress and we all know that stress is one of the biggest triggers for an outbreak. So if you are going to indulge, just keep in mind the darker the chocolate the better. Enjoy.