There’s no cure for Epstein-Barr Virus. This is a true statement in regards to EBV (mono, aka herpesvirus 4).
However, there’s a lot you can do to actually thrive again after an initial bout with mono.
Here’s what I’ve learned since having mono in 10th grade.
Chronic underlying infections, like EBV, rob our health and are a mystery to many.
Most think, once you have a virus there’s nothing you can do about it.
But you can feel better and it starts with proper immune support.
Having a virus meant I had to find ways to support my immune system continually, so it could keep the EBV dormant.
The way I see it now is, my immune system is constantly battling EBV to try to keep it at bay. This constant battle means my immune system needs extra support and it doesn’t need extra stress.
So what does that look like? I’m glad you asked!!
My favorite immune support comes in the form of mushrooms. Yep, that’s right!
Mushrooms are excellent immune support. They’re versatile and very well respected for traits like protecting the liver, anticancer, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral just to name a few.
Several research groups have reported that cordycepin has antiviral activity against several common viruses like the flu, HIV and yes, even EBV.
One of my other favorite immune supporters is vitamin D.
99% of people I test are deficient and usually not just a little. It makes sense too, vitamin D is aka the sunshine vitamin. GET OUTSIDE.
Or you can supplement with high quality vitamin D3 in a liquid oil suspension (since it’s fat soluble) for best absorption.
Finally, I would say it’s just as important to avoid added stress on the body. The following are all stresses on the body and therefore the immune system:
- Processed foods
- Too much sugar
- Lack of sleep
- Too much exercise
- Not enough sunlight
- Excessive alcohol
GI Map stool testing is what I recommend to determine if bacterial and/or fungal overgrowths are present in the GI.
If digestive symptoms are present and on the level of more than annoying, then I recommend stool testing to help determine the underlying problem.
In summary...chronic underlying viruses, like EBV, never stop attacking so it’s important to support the immune system.
Mushrooms, especially cordyceps, are excellent antiviral immune support. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D is also important as is mitigating any external stressors.
This approach has worked great for me and helped keep me in peak health and my immune system strong.
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