Feb 24 2011
Effective mono treatment must address the health of the gastrointestinal tract. The Epstein Barr virus that triggers mononucleosis can target the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This can result in simple digestive upsets like bloating, gas and loose stools to potentially serious inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s and colitis.
Let’s have a look at the natural treatments for mononucleosis that can help boost immunity and repair gastrointestinal function:
A mono treatment plan for digestive problems needs to focus on a fresh food diet. Healing foods to include in your diet are fresh fruit and vegetable juices, paw paw, banana, grated apple, pumpkin, potato, millet, natural yoghurt, almond milk and rice. Aloe vera juice, slippery elm powder, psyllium husks and guar gum are particularly soothing for an irritated gut lining.
Foods you need to avoid include sugar, red meat, fried foods, coffee, alcohol, processed foods and any foods to which you have an allergy (typically cows milk and wheat).
Mono treatment should always include the immune boosting nutrients like vitamin C, B complex, zinc, magnesium and the essential fatty acids. For those suffering from bloating, gas or indigestion, the addition of some digestive enzymes may be beneficial.
3) Gastrointestinal and liver cleansing
Digestive problems and inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis and Crohn’s may be triggered by pathogenic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. A herbal anti-microbial gastrointestinal cleanse followed by the re-introduction of the healthy acidophilus and bifido bacteria is a good idea. A gentle liver cleanse can also be of benefit.
4) Stress management
Part of everyone’s mono treatment plan should be stress management. Stress can trigger lowered immunity and digestive upsets. Effective ways to deal with stress could include relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing, visualisation and adequate rest and sleep.
It is also important to keep a positive attitude and to avoid bottling up emotions inside. Having a good chat to a caring friend, doctor or family member can do wonders for your stress levels.
5) Home remedies
Mono treatment, particularly when the bowel is concerned, responds well to gentle heat therapies. An Epsom salt bath, hot pack or warm compress can be used to relieve abdominal discomfort and bowel pain.
For further information on mono treatment and improving digestion please refer to Elizabeth’s e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures”. The e-book also comes with 30 days personal email support with Elizabeth if you need advice on your individual concerns.
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