Diet and Lifestyle Changes That May Help the Symptoms of Genital Warts

If you have been diagnosed with vaginal warts caused by the HPV virus, then you have likely gone through a wide array of emotions, including fear and anger. Your doctor has probably explained the conventional medical options available to you including pharmaceutical ointments, cryosurgery, electrocautery or laser treatment. If none of these treatments seem very appealing to you, you may have wondered about natural treatments and even diet and lifestyle changes that can lessen your symptoms. Many people want a less invasive and more natural solution to the diagnosis of genital warts even though there is no cure as such.

Holistic Treatments

Many holistic treatments are topical in nature, although others are based on eating or not eating certain foods, reducing stress, taking certain supplements and getting plenty of rest. It is important that you try a variety of treatments until you have found the one that works best for you. A strong immunity can prevent further outbreaks of the virus, and the way to a healthy immune system is through good nutrition, plenty of fresh air, sunshine and exercise and the correct amount of sleep so your body and rest and re-energize. Some supplements to consider are astragalus, Echinacea and garlic powder as well as Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, amino acids, zinc and acidolphilus. Topical alternative treatments include tea tree oil, which is a strong, antibacterial substance, Aloe Vera for its healing properties, goldenseal, which is a natural antibiotic, and sour apple juice which contains magnesium. Other treatments worth a try include cabbage juice, banana skin, chickweed, dandelion juice, rubber plant and pineapple juice-all applied topically.

Emotional Stress

Your immune system is greatly dependent on how much emotional stress you have in your life. When you allow your body and emotions to become severely stressed, your immune system breaks down and does not have the proper immunity necessary to fight off the return of genital warts or genital herpes. If you feel yourself getting overly stressed, take a break and try to relax. Sit in a quiet room for a time by yourself, and meditate if you can. Focus on all the positive things in your life while taking deep, cleansing breaths. Learn to let the little annoyances in life pass you by, and remind yourself often of the people and things in your life which bring you pleasure and joy. Due to the fact that genital warts are considered a sexually transmitted disease, you may not be as apt to share the diagnosis, even with close friends, which can lead to feelings of isolation. Remind yourself that HPV is one of the most common viruses in the world, with an estimated 20 million sufferers, so, as you can see, you are hardly alone. Your emotional health has a direct impact on your physical health, so do your best to work through your feelings of guilt, fear and anger.

Diet and Lifestyle

Many believe that herpes can be entirely controlled through eating the right foods. The theory is that if you reduce sugars and refined foods in your diet, eat less red meat, increase your vegetable and fruit intake, take the necessary vitamins and mineral, drink lots of water, and get regular exercise and rest, you immune system will be strong enough to successfully avoid outbreaks of genital warts. It is believed that some foods actually feed the virus and help it spread through the body while others can help stop the virus from multiplying. There are two types of food-acidic and alkaline-and acidic foods help the virus thrive. Therefore, eating too much acidic food can weaken your immune system and leave your body vulnerable to outbreaks. Acidic foods include alcoholic beverages, coffee, soft drinks, red meat, certain seafood and most all processed carbohydrates. Limit your intake of these foods and beverages, and eat foods that are very alkaline, thus counteract the acidic foods such as limes, lemons, cantaloupes, asparagus and most natural fruit juices. Include as many alkaline foods in your daily diet as possible. Taking good care of yourself and your health can have great results, not only in the occurance of vaginal wart outbreaks but in your overall health and mood as well.