• Mononucleosis aka Mono

    Mono or Infectious mononucleosis, as it is also known, is a contagious viral illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is also known as the “Kissing Disease” as some believe it can be transmitted by kissing. It spreads by person-to-person contact and saliva is known to be the primary medium of transmitting the disease.

    It is also known as glandular fever, Filatov’s disease and Pfeiffer’s disease.

    is an infectious disease that affects the liver, respiratory system and lymphatic system. Teenagers and young adults are susceptible to mononucleosis and the symptoms generally last for several weeks.

    Mononucleosis refers to an increase in one type of white blood cells (lymphocytes) in the bloodstream relative to the other blood components as a result of the EBV infection.

    Here are some common symptoms of Mononucleosis; (Note that you may not experience all of these symptoms)

    1. Loss of appetite
    2. Sore throat(severe), swollen tonsils or swollen lymph glands (in neck and armpits)
    3. Drowsiness
    4. Hives
    5. Fever and fatigue ( fever as high as 102 to 104 degrees)
    6. Headache
    7. Chills
    8. Enlarged Liver
    9. Sensitivity to light
    10. Nausea
    11. Enlarged Spleen which causes pain in the upper left abdomen
    12. Jaundice (yellow coloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
    13. Reddened throat and tonsils
    14. Neck stiffness
    15. Chest pain
    16. Cough
    17. Shortness of breath
    18. Muscle soreness or joint pain
    19. Rash
    20. Irregular or rapid heartbeat
    21. Weight Loss
    22. Malaise (or generally just not feeling well)

    What causes Mono?

    Direct contact with saliva that is infected with the virus is the main cause. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a part of the herpes family of DNA viruses. EBV is spread by contact with virus infected saliva. You can come in contact with this virus through: sneezing, coughing, kissing or sharing saliva infected utensils, lips gloss, straws etc. Infection through sexual intercourse is also a possibility.

    Okay so now that we know the symptoms and the main cause, let’s now look at remedies for mononucleosis;

    1. Rest – getting a lot of rest is the main remedy for mono . Your body needs rest in order to fight off this disease.

    2. Gargling – gargling with salt and warm water can help with the sore throat.

    3. Immune System Boost – ImmunityPlus Benefits: Maintain a strong and healthy immune system ,Support vitality and healthy energy levels , Maintain healthy circulation and blood flow to all systems in the body, Support routine cellular health Maintain the health and functioning of the liver.

    4. Liver Dr. – Liver Dr. Benefits: Supports healthy liver functioning and systemic health, Maintain the liver’s ability to support skin health and systemic detox, Supports liver in the breakdown of dietary fat, Supports continued gall bladder health and functioning.

    5. Garlic – increase your consumption of garlic or take garlic supplements as this can help fight viral infection.

    6. Water- drink lots of water as this helps your body to flush out toxins.

    7. Hygiene – you must maintain good hygiene and be sure not to share any of your personal care items with others in your household.

    8. Diet – Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods.

    9. Exercise – this is probably one of the only times that exercise is NOT recommended for you.

    10. Fatigue Fighter - Fatigue Fighter Benefits: Support healthy energy levels, stamina and vitality, Maintain overall systemic health and support the immune system, Support and maintain healthy systemic adequacy for physical performance and endurance, Address common feelings of listlessness associated with routine tiredness, Support the health of the adrenal glands.

    11. Alcohol – avoid alcohol as this will only put more strain on your liver.

    12. Milk Thistle – this herb provides support for healthy liver functioning and can be taken in supplement form.

    13. Adrenoboost – AdrenoBoost Benefits: Support the health of the adrenal glands, Support the body’s natural ability to adapt to routine everyday stressors, Maintain healthy energy levels, alertness and stamina, Support healthy circulation, Maintain adrenal hormones, including cortisol levels within healthy limits, Maintain blood sugar and blood pressure within healthy limits, Support a healthy immune system via adrenal gland health.

    Of course, feel free to add your comments with any other remedies that you have used that have proven effective so others can benefit from your knowledge. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,

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