May 07 2017

Do you always feel like you are getting sick?

Published by at 1:32 pm under Immune System

Chronic Fatigue and feelings of getting sick could be the result of this latent virus.
Many people have Epstein Barr Virus and don’t even know it…until their immune system is severely compromised.

A friend of mine has been struggling with feelings of chronic fatigue. Frequently, she would say, “I feel like I’m getting a cold,” or, “I’m starting to get a sore throat.” It often wouldn’t turn into much, but it would be enough to keep her in bed for a few days, and leave her feeling tired, but never really better. Her health care practitioner recommended she get a blood test to see if she had Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), and sure enough, she did!

Surprisingly, many adults unknowingly carry this virus. Often contracted in youth, it remains latent and in check as long as the immune system is healthy. “…By the end of early adulthood, almost all individuals demonstrated detectable antibodies in their blood to EBV, indicating past infection…” But when the immune system is severely compromised due to lack of sleep, poor diet and stress, these viruses can become active. (1,2,3)*

EPV has been around for a long time. It is a member of the herpes group of viruses which includes herpes simplex types 1 and 2 and related viruses. The Center for Disease Control suggests that tens of thousands of people have the infection, though many are just carriers and display no symptoms. Once we get EBV, it always remains in the body but most develop antibodies to combat it. While it is not fatal, you feel completely wiped out for a minimum of a couple of weeks and up to a few months. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, sore throat, joint inflammation, muscle ache, poor concentration or memory, fever, night sweats, allergies, hypersensitivity, headaches and visual disturbances. Mononucleosis, also known as “the kissing disease” is a contagious infection caused by the Epstein Barr virus. Its symptoms are typically sore throat, extreme fatigue, and swollen lymph glands in the neck. “Mono”, as most people know it, generally affects adolescents and teens. 3*

The main causes of EPV and mono are a weakened immune system. Because EPV affects people with weakened immune systems, it is imperative to keep your immune system strong and healthy. Once you have the virus, restoring the health of the immune system is imperative. As 80%of our immune systems originate in the gut, it is just as vitally important to focus on gut health. Taking Body Bioticsâ„¢ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortiaâ„¢ will help with keeping the gut healthy. In addition, practice the following to ensure your immune system stays strong.3*

Eat right! Lots of veggies with antioxidants and phytonutrients will ensure your body is getting proper nutrition. If you have a hard time eating enough vegetables, take two scoops of Body Biotics™ Life’s Green Essentials™ daily. This amount of benefit is equivalent to eating two large leafy green salads.

Get plenty of rest and quality sleep

Exercise regularly. This improves efficiency of lymphatic system which removes metabolic waste from our systems.

Minimize alcohol and sugar, which is food for unfriendly bacteria, which can compromise the health of the gut.

Take your Vitamins to include C and D, two vitamins many of us don’t get enough of.

Drink bone broth, found in homemade chicken soup in which you boil the whole chicken. There are beneficial compounds in cartilage and bones to support immune health.

Digestive enzymes can act against viruses, especially when taken early and in high enough doses. Talk to your health care practitioner about which ones would benefit you.3*

Take these steps to boost your immune system and keep it healthy. A chronically compromised immune system can have lasting effects on your health, so take care to address your gut health and your overall health daily so as to avoid Epstein Barr among other unwanted health issues.

Healthiest wishes,





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