What is EBV?

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What is EBV and Why Do So Many People Seem to Have it?

EBV, or Epstein-Barr Virus, is a common virus that most people get exposed to at some point in their lives. It’s responsible for causing infections like mononucleosis (also known as “mono”). EBV can spread through saliva, so close contact like kissing or sharing drinks can transmit it. Usually, the virus doesn’t cause serious problems and many people don’t even realize they have it. However, in some cases, it can lead to symptoms like fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen glands.

EBV can be dormant in your body, or stay sub clinically active in your blood stream.  If you are experiencing a myriad of symptoms you may be infected with EBV:

Fatigue: One of the most common symptoms of EBV. Feeling extremely tired and low on energy, the fatigue can be persistent and severe.

Sore Throat: You may experience a sore throat at the initial infection of the virus and as it becomes active in your system the sore throat could trigger again. It is similar to a sore throat you would experience with a bad cold or flu.

Fever: An elevated body temperature that is typically accompanied by other flu-like symptoms such as body aches and chills.

Swollen Glands: Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin.

Skin Rash: Some individuals may develop a rash when infected with EBV.

Headaches: Headaches, to include migraines, may occur when infected with EBV.

Cognitive Symptoms: Some individuals may experience “Brain Fog,” or difficulty concentrating.

Enlarged Spleen and Liver: In some severe cases, the spleen or liver may become enlarged, leading to discomfort in the upper abdomen. This can be detected through a medical examination.

It is important to note, not everyone infected with EBV will experience all these symptoms. If you suspect you have EBV, or are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us at Longevity Lab to set up a consultation.

 

Below are the foods to consider eating when dealing with Epstein-Barr Virus. EBV causes dysbiosis in the gut and can, over time, create food sensitivities. Food rotation is the key in avoiding the development of food sensitivities, restoring your gut flora, boosting your immune system, and helping your body fight off EBV.

Wild berries: helps to flush out EBV neurotoxins from the liver

Celery: strengthens HCL in the gut and gives the central nervous system minerals

Sprouts: high in Zinc and Selenium to strengthen the immune system

Asparagus: cleanses the liver and spleen

Spinach: creates an alkaline balance in the body and provides micronutrients to the brain

Parsley: removes copper and aluminum (both of these minerals feed EBV)

Coconut oil: antiviral and anti-inflammatory

Garlic: aids in digestion and balances gut flora disrupted by EBV

Raspberries: loaded with antioxidants

Lettuce: cleanses EBV from the liver

Papayas: strengthens/rebuilds HCL in your gut

Apricots: immune boosting

Pomegranates: detox and cleanse the blood/lymphatic system

Grapefruit: Helps to flush toxins from the body

Kale: protects the gut against EBV

Sweet Potato: cleanse/detox liver from EBV

Cucumbers: flushes neurotoxins from the body

Fennel: antiviral properties

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