I get canker sores on a regular basis.
Q. Hello Terry, “I get canker sores on a regular basis. They are quite painful and take a long time to heal. Do you have any natural suggestions that might help?” — Leslie K., Independence, MO
A. Dear Leslie, I believe diet is extremely important when it comes to preventing canker sores. I would start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, and fish, with non-starchy vegetables and fruits. You can also eat nuts, seeds, and berries. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
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 you add calcium lactate to your daily regimen. I would take 80-250 mgs of calcium lactate, along with 8-50 mg of magnesium, and 1-6 mg of zinc daily.
Terry . . . Naturally