Glan­du­lar fever re­cov­ery

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - NEWS - with Natur­opaths Belinda McPher­son and So­phie Lor­back (BHSCI. NATUROPATHY)

GLAN­DU­LAR fever (GF) is a virus that of­ten af­fects young adults. Ini­tially some­one with glan­du­lar fever will feel tired, have a sore throat, en­larged ton­sils and prob­a­bly lose their ap­petite. This virus is eas­ily tested for on a blood test, and the most com­mon advice is to stop and rest un­til you feel bet­ter. This is def­i­nitely im­por­tant, but some­times it can still take months of rest­ing for an im­prove­ment to oc­cur. Nat­u­ral medicines are very ef­fec­tive at treat­ing this kind of virus, and for the most part, the natur­opath will work on a con­va­les­cent type ap­proach, which is sup­port­ive to bed rest, but al­lows the body to re­spond faster and re­cover more fully. Natur­opath’s top 5 tips for glan­du­lar fever re­cov­ery: Pre­scrip­tion of herbs and nu­tri­ents: these fight the virus, sup­port the drainage of the glands and re­build en­ergy. YEP tea – yarrow, elder and pep­per­mint - is great for the symp­toms and fever of glan­du­lar fever. In­crease foods to sup­port the ap­petite: This is re­ally im­por­tant be­cause if you don’t eat enough you will be tired and you won’t have enough nu­tri­ents to al­low the im­mune sys­tem to do its job ef­fec­tively. In­crease ginger, chicken soups, hot le­mon and honey tea, spicy pump­kin soup and fresh juices with beet­root, car­rot and cel­ery as well as red meat stews. Elim­i­nate foods that com­pro­mise the im­mune sys­tem: sugar, fatty foods, caf­feine and re­fined white car­bo­hy­drates all de­plete the im­mune sys­tem and make re­cov­ery slow. It is im­por­tant to avoid these foods un­til you are com­pletely re­cov­ered. Sup­port the liver: Glan­du­lar fever is a virus that lies dor­mant in the liver and pro­gresses to the throat when you are run down. To pro­tect your liver from the virus, in­crease the above herbs, foods and nu­tri­ents. Con­tinue to rest even once you feel your en­ergy re­turn­ing and fol­low up with a stress man­age­ment plan. The main rea­sons we see GF re­laps­ing, is be­cause some­one has not man­aged their stress well or has hit the ex­er­cise too fast, too soon. We can work with you to de­vise a pro­gram that sup­ports your ex­er­cise and life­style needs, at the right time.

REST UP: Ad­e­quate rest is a key in­gre­di­ent in re­cov­ery from glan­du­lar fever

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