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The Best Ways to Treat Mononucleosis Naturally

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) Mononucleosis is an infectious disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, a type of herpes virus similar to those that cause cold sores and chicken pox.

Mononucleosis earned its nickname "the kissing disease" because it is passed from person to person through saliva. Mono can also be passed on by sharing food, utensils, or drinking glasses. Moreover, the disease can be transmitted via blood transfusion.

Young people between the ages of 15 to 24 seem most susceptible to the disease, and after age 35, the risk of infection lowers significantly. Most people contract mono at some point in their lives, usually in childhood. In those with a strong immune system, the symptoms are mild and often come and go without notice.

In those with a compromised immune system, however, it can be a different story.

Common symptoms of mono include:

* Severe sore throat
* Swollen lymph nodes
* Swollen tonsils
* Headache
* Rash
* Fever
* Chills
* Loss of appetite
* Extreme fatigue
* Enlargement of the liver and/or spleen

Symptoms may not begin until four to seven weeks after being exposed to the virus. After that, symptoms may last anywhere from several days to a month, but usually resolve within two to six weeks.

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The Best Ways to Treat Mononucleosis Naturally

Get Plenty of Rest

One of the best ways to treat mononucleosis naturally is to get plenty of rest. This disease can completely wipe you out and make you feel exhausted even if you've had a full night's sleep.

No matter how busy you are, it's important to avoid taking on more than you can handle while you're sick as this will only prolong your recovery time. Your body needs at least two weeks to devote almost exclusively to healing.

So, listen to your body, and rest as much as you can. Also, avoid heavy lifting or contact sports for two months to avoid rupturing a swollen spleen.

Load Up on Garlic

Garlic has been shown to be quite effective against the Epstein-Barr virus that causes mononucleosis. According to a study published in the medical journal, Planta Medica, two antiviral compounds, ajoene and allicin were responsible for destroying over 90 percent of a virus within thirty minutes of application to an infected laboratory dish.

Your best bet in treating mono with garlic is to eat two teaspoons of chopped organic garlic mixed with raw honey each day. Hold the garlic in your mouth for as long as possible before swallowing to allow antiviral agents to absorb into your system more quickly. (This will also help ease that terrible sore throat.)

Alternatively, you can mix ½ cup of organic, raw apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of raw honey, and five to 10 peeled garlic cloves together in a glass jar with a screw top. Allow to ferment overnight. Take one teaspoon of the mixture every two to four hours for natural mononucleosis relief.

Take Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract is another powerful natural antiviral agent you can use to get rid of mononucleosis. Oleuropein, a phenolic compound in olive leaf extract, has been shown to be effective against herpes mononucleosis, hepatitis virus, rotavirus, bovine rhinovirus, canine parvovirus, and feline leukemia virus.

Olive leaf extract works by blocking viral replication, inactivating the virus, and triggering the immune system to destroy it.

Use Vitamin C

According to a study published in the Medical Science Monitor, "high dose intravenous vitamin C therapy has a positive effect on disease duration and reduction of viral antibody levels."

However, this doesn't mean an intravenous infusion is the only way to reap the antiviral benefits of vitamin C. You can eat foods rich in vitamin C such as organic yellow bell peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, and organic oranges.

You can also use a vitamin C supplement to boost your immune system and treat your mono naturally. Talk with a naturopathic physician to discover the best oral dose of vitamin C for you.

Drink the Right Fluids

When your immune system is low and a virus is on the attack, it's important to keep yourself properly hydrated. In a previous article, 'What to Drink When You're Sick' (http://www.tbyil.com/What_to_Drink_When_You_Are_Sick_Jaime_Heidel.htm), I mentioned lemon water, homemade vegetable juice, and broth, as well as other liquids that heal your body while they hydrate.

In addition to using the above methods for natural mononucleosis treatment, it is also important to eat plenty of complete protein when battling this virus. It is a well-accepted fact that protein malnutrition can impair immunity, which increases the risk of opportunistic infections like Epstein-Barr.

A whole-food diet rich in poultry, fish, some red meat, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds will give your body the protein it needs for a stronger immune system and the vibrant energy you need to get out of bed and back to living.

See also:

Natural and Alternative Treatments for Epstein Barr and Mononucleosis

The Reason You are Sick and Tired May be Fatigued Adrenals

Building a Foundation for Better Health and Longevity

Healthiest Afternoon Snacks for Energy and Weight Maintenance

The dark side of energy drinks – trading tomorrow's health for today's temporary stimulation

Sources:

http://www.progressivehealth.com/garlic-herpes.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002804/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24793092
http://www.karenhurd.com/pages/healthtopics/specifichealthconcerns/ht-shc-epsteinbarvirus.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2105184

About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.

 

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