Mono Treatment – Diet
During mono treatment a healthy, immune-boosting diet is essential for a good recovery.
In the initial, acute stage of mononucleosis, appetite is often poor. Symptoms like nausea, a swollen throat, fever and fatigue make eating difficult. In these cases mono treatment should focus on a liquid-only diet. A liquid-only diet allows the gastrointestinal tract to rest so energy is averted to healing the body.
Liquids you could try might include broth, soups, herb teas, lemon drinks and pure water. Freshly squeezed vegetable juices based around lots of green vegetables like celery, cucumber and spinach are very cleansing during mono treatment. You can add a small amount of carrot, parsnip or beet root to sweeten your juice, or add some ginger or garlic to give it a warming effect. I always recommend that you water down your juice (about 50:50) so it is not too concentrated.
Garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, turmeric, chili peppers, and onions are great to add to your teas, soups and juices due to their powerful health benefits on the throat and respiratory system.
During mono treatment you will also need to eliminate your intake of all dairy products and grains, because they may contribute to mucus in the body. In addition, avoid coffee, sugar, alcohol, soft drinks and artificial colors and flavorings.
When you are feeling stronger and your appetite is starting to return you can start to reintroduce some more foods. Start with fresh lightly steamed vegetables and heavier soups. If these are tolerated then you can add back some raw vegetables and salads. Eat small quantities of fresh fruits like pineapple, paw paw and kiwi fruit which are anti-inflammatory in nature. Nuts and seeds, eggs, legumes, free-range meats, poultry and fish can then be introduced. As your appetite improves you can increase your portion size.
Once you are over the acute stage of mononucleosis you need to continue your mono treatment with a long term healthy diet. For optimal immunity, make sure that you get a good supply of fresh, ripe vegetables and fruits, quality protein and essential fats. Excess grains, processed foods, alcohol and coffee should be minimized.
If you feed your body correctly during mono treatment, it is unlikely that your illness will progress into a secondary infection like bronchitis, pneumonia or a more serious condition like chronic fatigue. You will quicken your recovery and keep this nasty illness at bay for life.