• Karen Murray Heffron

Epstein-Barr isn't just a "kissing disease"

I've always heard that Mono was a horrible 6 week-long contagious disease that mainly happened to younger people. Actually, this virus, also called EBV, is present in 90-95% of us. It's a member of the Herpes family and never leaves your system once contracted. Some theorize that babies could inherit the virus from their mothers. An infection of EBV can increase the risk of acquiring certain autoimmune disorders. Stress and a poor diet can contribute to growth of this virus. This is another reason consuming fruits and vegetables should be a daily priority as they can decrease the viral load on our systems. The less inflammation we experience, the more our bodies can repair and recover from imbalance. Try cutting gluten, dairy, and eggs out of your diet for a couple of weeks and reintroduce them. Do any of your symptoms return? Sugar can feed bacteria, and these foods might be able to feed this virus and produce symptoms. Experimentation can lead to discoveries that put you on the path to good health.

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