Do you have a supplement to help heal canker sores in the mouth?
Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have a supplement to help heal canker sores in the mouth? My son has been dealing with canker sores for about 5 weeks now. He has gone to his family doctor, who sent him to a throat specialist. The specialist put him on steroids, anti-fungal meds and one other type of meds. None of this has helped. Do you have any suggestions?” — Julie W., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Julie, I too, am susceptible to canker sores. Canker sores are most often caused by acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges and grapefruit. They can also be caused by biting the inside of the cheek and lip, or poor dental alignment, which leads to frequent irritation of the cheek.
I think diet is extremely important, so the best recommendation I can give anyone is to start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from their diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, and lamb, poultry, fish, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. You can also eat nuts, seeds and berries. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.
I have also found that canker sores heal extremely well and quickly when you maintain a higher level of calcium. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores and cold and flu.
I recommend that your son add calcium lactate to his supplement regimen. When purchasing a formula, look for one that features calcium lactate with magnesium citrate. I recommend taking 80-250 mgs of calcium lactate, along with 8-50 mg of magnesium and 1-6 mg of zinc daily.
Terry . . . Naturally