I have been dealing with canker sores for the past few months.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been dealing with canker sores for the past few months. Sometimes they are so painful it makes eating and even talking difficult. I’ve tried several mouth rinses, ointments, and nothing has helped. What can I do to get rid of these painful sores?” — Ashley L., Sioux Falls, SD
A. Dear Ashley, 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, lamb, poultry, fish, and also include 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, or watch my healthy diet webinar. 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, common colds, and flu.
I recommend that you add calcium lactate to your supplement regimen. When purchasing a formula, look for one that features calcium lactate with magnesium citrate. I recommend taking 250 mg of calcium lactate, along with 50 mg of magnesium citrate and 6 mg of zinc gluconate daily.
Terry . . . Naturally