Epstein Barr Treatment: 7 Common Mistakes People Make When Recovering From Epstein Barr Virus
There are 7 common mistakes people make when treating the Epstein Barr virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever. These mistakes can delay your recovery and, in some cases, lead to secondary infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, sinusitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Let’s take a look at each of these errors in more detail:
Mistake 1 – Not resting the body
The most common mistake people make is not resting when they are first diagnosed with the Epstein Barr virus. Symptoms of mono can include fatigue, sore throat, swollen glands, muscle aches, headaches, nausea, and sometimes fever. Despite these debilitating symptoms, some people try to fight on and keep going to work, school or college, running a house, running after their family. There’s no way he’s going to make a quick and full recovery from Epstein Barr if he doesn’t stop and rest his body.
Mistake 2: Not getting enough sleep
Continuing with this first mistake is the second mistake: not getting enough sleep. Your body specifically needs good quality sleep when recovering from Epstein Barr. When you are asleep, your body produces a hormone called growth hormone, which is your body’s repair hormone. Lack of sleep and going to bed too late (after about 11 pm) will cause your body to produce less growth hormone.
To make sure you’re asleep by 11 pm and get a good night’s sleep, make sure you’re not watching TV, playing computer games, drinking caffeine, working, or running before bed. Get into a relaxation routine before bed. Taking a warm bath, reading quietly in bed, meditating, doing yoga, or enjoying chamomile tea are all good ideas to try.
Mistake 3 – Lack of adequate water
Now the third mistake, and this is probably the most common mistake that I see in my patients, is not drinking enough water to flush out the Epstein Barr virus and toxins from your body. Your goal should be to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid a day. Liquids can include plain water, herbal teas, lemon in hot water, broths, soups, and freshly squeezed vegetable juices. Your fluids should not include tea, coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol, as these will only dehydrate you and make you feel worse.
In some people with mono, the throat can be very painful and swollen, making it difficult to swallow. In these cases, a hot lemon and honey tea can help soothe the throat and make it easier to drink. Alternatively, sucking on ice cubes can numb the bread and cause fluids to enter your body.
Mistake 4 – Eating the wrong foods
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to treat Epstein Barr is with good wholesome foods. The functioning of your immune system is directly related to what you eat. If you eat all the wrong foods like sugar, white flour products, processed foods, alcohol, coffee, and excess fats, then there is no way you will recover well from mono. Your body needs the right vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, and essential fats to boost your immune system, reduce fatigue, and help your body cope with stress.
The best diet for Epstein Barr treatment is based on good quality protein foods such as fish, organic chicken, tofu, whey protein, eggs, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Every meal should have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – cover at least 80% of your plate with low-carb leafy greens, salads, vegetables and fruits. Add to this some essential fats like fish oils, avocado, cold-pressed olive oil, or flaxseed oil, and you have a good balanced meal that will help you treat mononucleosis effectively.
Mistake 5: Treating Epstein Barr Virus With Antibiotics
Antibiotics do not work to treat Epstein Barr virus. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, not viruses. In some cases, the use of antibiotics to treat Epstein Barr can lead to skin rashes, fungal overgrowth, digestive disorders, and suppressed immunity.
Mistake 6 – Not taking the right supplements
One of the fastest ways to treat Epstein Barr is to add a few supplements to your regimen. I give all my mono patients vitamin A, C, E, zinc and selenium with excellent results. B complex and magnesium are also beneficial in helping to repair the adrenal glands, improving energy levels and ensuring a good night’s sleep.
There are also some excellent herbs for the treatment of Epstein Barr. The best are olive leaf extract, echinacea, garlic, and astragalus. The correct amounts of nutrients and herbs for you will vary depending on your age, the severity of your illness, and the amount of food you are eating.
Error 7 – Resuming activities too soon
Returning to strenuous exercise or daily activities too soon is a sure way to get you back to square one. Many people start to feel a little better and rush back to their previous sport or job, only to find that they relapse and start feeling bad again. The best advice I can give here is to take it easy. Start with an easy walk and monitor how your body responds. Do an hour of chores or shopping and see how you feel. Maybe go back to work or college for half a day and see how you manage. Build up slowly over a few weeks by taking time to rest your body, eat right, take your supplements, and drink plenty of water.
The Epstein Barr virus is a latent virus, so once you’ve had it, it can come back if you overload your body or do too much.