The Mono or mononucleosis is a highly contagious disease that is very common in teenagers or young people Mononucleosis is an infectious disease. Casually, it is also referred to as “Mono” or “Kissing Disease”. The disease is mostly caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This virus is generally found in the saliva and mucus and is spread by kissing, coughing, sneezing, sharing food utensils or even straw.
There is no vaccine or cure for Mononucleosis. Even antibiotics are not effective in curing this disease as it is caused by a viral infection not bacterial. Though, antibiotics may be prescribed in case the disease is accompanied by streptococcal infection of the throat. Usually the disease heals in about four weeks by itself.
The causative agent of mono is the Epstein-Barr virus. This infectious disease is comparatively less contagious compared to other air borne diseases like flue and common cold. Many people get infected be the virus regularly, but soon develop antibodies against it.
Effective Home Remedies For Mono
Lemon And Garlic Juice
If you are showing up the symptoms of EBV than start taking the lemon and garlic juice to prevent virus for further infection. Garlic is always has a medicinal quality as well as the lemon has vitamin c which provide immunity to body.
A throat infection can be the precursor of mono, so a strep throat must be attended. Gargling must be done with a glass full of lukewarm salt water couple of times a day followed by covering the neck and throat with warm cloths.
The extract of this herb retards the growth and reproduction of various viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria. The herb has strong antioxidant activity and thus is highly effective against mono and other virus infections like influenza.
It is also a great cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriasis, inflammatory arthritis, diarrhea etc.
Elderberry can inhibit the replication of EBV close relatives like herpes virus. Hence consuming four teaspoon elderberry syrup or a couple lozenges daily can be helpful.
The sulfur derivative compounds in fresh garlic cloves that gives garlic its characteristic smell reduces viral infections including mono to a greater extent by destroying the viruses. Consuming fresh garlic clove is highly helpful.For the most potent effect, finely mince 1-2 cloves or garlic and float in a small glass of water. Drink quickly- if you are sick enough, you won’t even notice the taste. Note: Pregnant women should not take more than 1 clove of garlic medicinally per day, and children often resist this remedy.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which can be converted into monolauric acid inside the body and act as antivirus to kill Epstein Barr virus. If sick, aim for 5-6 tablespoons per day in food or melted and stirred into hot tea. Coconut oil has many other health benefits as well and is known to boost the immune system.
Diet For Mononucleosis
A healthy and balanced diet including lots of fruit and vegetables improve your immunity, and increases antibody production in your body, so the body can fight off the mono-virus all by itself. Usually doctors advise a patient who is suffering from mono to consume food items that are beneficial for the immune system.
Some such food items include fresh vegetables like pepper, kale spinach, tomatoes, broccolis, green leafy vegetables etc. Fruits-mainly citrus fruits like lemon, berries, oranges, etc and also banana and apple. Fish and seafood such as mackerels, haddock, salmon, tuna and other cold water fishes those are high in Omega 3 fatty acid content. Some carbohydrate containing food like whole grain cereals, oats, whole grain bread, wheat pasta, brown rice etc are also beneficial.
These bluish – green algae boost the immunity system massively and are a safe natural remedy with no side effects. Though pregnant or breastfeeding woman and people with Phenylketonuria should take physicians advice before taking spirulina.