In the majority of mono infections, drugs will be of little use. Doctors may prescribe drugs that mask your symptoms temporarily but do nothing to get rid of the virus. Fortunately treating mononucleosis naturally can have excellent results in relieving symptoms and stopping the virus from relapsing.
Let’s have a look at the most popular ways of treating mononucleosis naturally.
For optimal recovery from mono it is essential that you get at least 8 – 10 hours of deep, unbroken sleep a night. Children and teenagers need even more. It is when you get quality sleep that your body produces growth hormone – your body’s repair hormone.
Vitamins and minerals
Sensible supplementation in the form of vitamins and minerals can give you the edge in treating mononucleosis naturally.
During recovery from mono it’s essential to bolster your immune system with nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, zinc and selenium. The B complex vitamins and magnesium help support the adrenal glands, which help the body cope with stress. They’re also involved in energy production which makes them essential for treating mononucleosis naturally.
Popular herbs for mono include echinacea, garlic, olive leaf extract, astragalus and milk thistle. Herbs are useful for treating mononucleosis naturally as they can boost immunity, cleanse the liver and support the body’s adrenal glands.
Fresh vegetables and low carb fruit should make up the bulk of your diet – about 80% is ideal. Fresh vegetables and fruit are very alkalising and will help cleanse toxins from your system.
If you are having trouble eating lots of vegetables and fruit, then a freshly squeezed juice may be the easy answer. You can also make up healthy vegetable soups or broths which are easy to get down if you still get a sore throat or poor appetite. Adding some anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, turmeric, cayenne and fresh pineapple or pawpaw, will make your diet even more effective.
Your immune-boosting diet should also include some good quality protein foods like chicken, fish, lean red meat, cheese, eggs and whey powder. If you’re vegetarian, go for alternatives like legumes, tofu and tempeh. Healthy fats like avocado, fish oil, raw nuts and seeds and flaxseed oil are a vital part of treating mononucleosis naturally.
Liver cleansing is a cornerstone of treating mononucleosis naturally.
The first step to eliminating unhealthy toxins in the body is to do some gentle liver and bowel cleansing. Just starting with half a lemon squeezed into warm water on rising in the morning every day is a good bowel and liver tonic. Drinking at least 2-3 litres a day of pure water will help flush the virus and toxins from your system.
When you are a bit stronger you can do a more thorough liver cleanse with a liver tonic or cleansing kit. These are available from your health food shop or naturopath.
These treatments are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mono treatment. There are many more effective natural therapies available.