Q. Dear Terry, “Over the past six months, I started getting canker sores every few weeks. Sometimes they are very painful. What can I do to prevent them?” — Erick H., Rogers, AR
A. Dear Erick, I believe diet is extremely important when it comes to preventing canker sores. I would start by 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, 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 visiting 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 we 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, sunburn, fever blisters, cold sores, and cold and flu.
I recommend that you add calcium lactate to your daily regimen, along with magnesium (as magnesium citrate), and zinc (as zinc gluconate) for extra support.
Terry . . . Naturally
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