Although Malaria has taken parts of the world by storm, we cannot forget the many other diseases (like West Nile Virus) this small insect carries that kill more people every year than any other animal in the entire world!

Here in the United States, West Nile is the particular disease that plagues thousands of people each and every year. Colorado being the third most infected in the entire US.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, scientists have identified at least 40 mosquito species that can transmit West Nile virus.

Many people get infected with West Nile, and do not correlate their symptoms with the disease. This is why it is important to be able to identify the symptoms, and know the best way to treat this disease to prevent serious side effects.

Symptoms of West Nile

Mild Symptoms: The Center of Disease Control reports the following symptoms. Most people with the following symptoms of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

  • Fever
  • Headache, body aches
  • joint pains
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Rash

Severe Symptoms:  Few people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). However, symptoms can include:

  • High fever
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis

Natural Treatment Options for West Nile

There is no specific cure or medicine for this disease. For this reason it is important to emphasize prevention such as washing with anti-mosquito soap, covering your skin at dusk, and staying away from standing water. If you do get infected, the following may be the best action to take. This protocol is also ideal to overcome any sickness/virus/disease.

  • Consume easily digestible foods
    When your body is fighting any issue, it needs as much energy as it can to fight the problem. Digestion takes so much of our energy, we need to give it as much as a break as we can to heal fast. Vegetable soups, teas, smoothies, kefir, are wonderful options.
  • Eat and drink detoxifying food and beverages
    When fighting a disease or infection, our body needs as much help as possible detoxifying the virus. Drinking lemon water, apple cider vinegar, turmeric tea, are wonderful options as well as eating powerful herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, and food such as broccoli, leafy greens, raw goat keir, cod liver oil, and coconut oil with all help fight the disease and push it out of your body.
  • Rest as much as you can
    Resting allows the body to put all energy into healing. Without enough sleep, healing time will be dramatically increased.
  • Avoid Sugar and Grains
    These feed the bacteria and virus in the body as well as increase the inflammation. It is important to avoid sugar in particular because all disease feeds off sugar, you want to starve the invader to get it out of your body.
  • Drink lots of water
    Drinking pure natural spring water or filter water is incredibly important to flush out the toxins. Adding things like lemon, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, and herbs to the water will speed up the detoxification process.
  • Get in the sun
    Vitamin D Is vital for regulating the immune system, protecting against viruses, and reducing fatigue. Vitamin D helps prevent infections and supports the immune system. The best source of Vitamin D is from the sun but this is not always feasible especially in the winter, so you may want to supplement with oral vitamin D3. Always look for supplements with the least additives. Take 1,000 IU per 25 pounds of body weight per day. Consume with fat for best absorption.