Could You Have Long COVID?

by Dr. Nick Zyrowski August 25, 2022

After hearing about COVID for over two years, you may automatically tune it out when reports about new strains arise. Fortunately, most people who get COVID-19 have symptoms that last around two weeks. On the downside, others can have lingering health issues that cause what is known as long COVID or long-haul COVID.

If you’ve had the virus and haven’t seemed to feel like yourself or recover as quickly as you thought you would, you may have wondered if you have Long COVID. We are going to clear up this mystery illness and give you some facts about it and the information you need to get better. Let’s dive in and find out what long COVID is and what you can do about it.

What is long COVID?

Long covid is when you’ve experienced lingering health issues after you no longer test positive for COVID-19. You may not have a cough or fever anymore, but you can have other symptoms that are as severe, if not worse. Many people with long COVID have extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and even cognitive impairment. (1)

It can be a bit confusing because the symptoms may come and go. The issues cannot be explained by other health problems, and can directly impact your everyday functioning.

Symptoms and causes of Long COVID

We’ve mentioned some of the symptoms you may have if you get long-haul COVID. An interesting thing to note is that according to the CDC, people with long COVID could also have a range of new or ongoing health problems. Some may see returning health issues they’ve already dealt with. (2)

Not surprisingly, there isn’t a test that can diagnose long COVID. A diagnosis usually gets made after running tests to exclude other illnesses.

Fatigue that interferes with normal activities is one of the primary symptoms people with long COVID tend to mention. You may also have post-exertional malaise or tiredness that is worsened by physical activity. Some of the other symptoms of long COVID may be:

  • Chest tightness
  • Cough the lingers
  • Heart palpitations
  • Brain fog
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness upon standing
  • Depression
  • Digestive issues
  • Joint and muscle pain

Why do people get long COVID?

If you’ve had COVID but can’t shake the awful symptoms, you may wonder why it’s hit you so hard when everyone else seems to be going strong. One of the theories regarding why some people get long-haul COVID is that the virus may remain longer in some than others. The second reason could be an overactive immune system that isn’t functioning properly. (3)

You may have an autoimmune issue that wreaks havoc on your body anyway, but got even more ramped up once you got COVID. If you’re like many people, you could have a weakened immune system that can’t fight off the effects of the virus.

How long will Long Haul COVID symptoms last?

If you suspect you have long COVID, you’re probably wanting to know when these symptoms will end. The problem is, no one is completely sure. Some people have reported having long-haul symptoms for six months and counting.

The studies so far show that older people and people with existing medical conditions are more likely to get long COVID, but young people get it, too. Even people who appear healthy have gotten long-haul COVID and felt very ill for months after their infection. (4)

Natural Solutions for Long COVID

If you suffer from long-haul COVID, you may feel somewhat helpless. There isn’t a ton of information that can show you what to do if you have it. More research is needed, but there are things you can do to help your body heal. It’s important to remember that many “official” sites won’t mention natural modalities. You may get told that you should take a vaccine, or two, or three. Where does it end?

Whether you get certain vaccines or not is your decision to make. We simply want you to know that there are natural remedies and protocols that can heal your body and improve your health.

Cellular Detox

One of the most beneficial things you can do if you’re experiencing any health issue is to detox your body. Now, when we mention detoxing the body, we are talking about cellular detox. This is not the potions and foot rubs you see on TV that claim to magically make you well.

A cellular detox can improve your body’s natural ability to heal itself, decrease inflammation, and produce more energy, which you need if you have long COVID. A 90-day cellular detox is done in stages to ensure the removal of toxins from your brain and body. When you get a deep cellular cleanse, you purge toxins from your body and decrease inflammation. A true cellular detox takes place in three phases:

  1. Prep Phase - strengthens detox pathways
  2. Body Phase - removes toxins at the cellular level
  3. Brain Phase - clears bio-accumulated neurotoxins

With each phase, you get thirty days of supplementation to specifically target the areas you need to detox. These phases work to decrease free radicals and chronic cellular inflammation in your body.

Dietary Measures

No matter what health challenge you’re facing, you won’t feel your best if you eat junk all the time. A diet high in processed carbs and sugar will leave you feeling tired, achy, and even moody. Furthermore, these foods drive up inflammation in the body, exacerbating the symptoms of long covid.

Cutting out these foods for better choices can make a dramatic difference in your long COVID symptoms. You’ll become less inflamed, and that means you’ll have less pain. Processed carbs can also make your insulin go up, which could leave you feeling tired and lethargic once it goes back down.

Get enough protein. Many people have weakness and fatigue with long-haul COVID. Getting more protein could impact your muscle mass and make you feel better. Don’t shy away from protein-rich sources like meats and chicken. (5)

Enjoy more probiotics. Gut health plays a crucial role in your immune function. When you get sick, you can have a disturbance in your gut microbiota. Eating foods rich in probiotics could help. Look for sources like kimchi, Greek yogurt, and kefir. If you don’t like these foods, you can opt for a quality probiotic supplement.

Intermittent Fasting for Long COVID

Intermittent fasting can lower inflammation and give your body a chance to rest. Researchers found that people who practiced regular intermittent fasting even had a lower rate of hospitalization due to COVID-19. (6)

One reason this could help long COVID is that during fasting, the body switches from using glucose to ketones, including linoleic acid. The virus seems less able to attach to other cells when more linoleic acid is present. It also produces autophagy, which is when your body recycles damaged cells for healthy ones.

Sleep

You know that sleep makes a huge difference in how you feel when you’re healthy. When you’re sick, you especially need to be sure you’re getting enough quality sleep. Do things to help yourself unwind before bed and implement a sleep routine to get in bed at a regular time each night.

Many people find a warm bath helps them prepare for a peaceful night of slumber. Cut out the blue lights at least one hour before bed. Your cell phone will be there the next day.

Your body heals when you sleep. If you have long COVID, you need to keep your body well rested so that it can properly heal and leave you more refreshed the next day.

Putting Your Mind at Ease

When you hear about long-haul COVID, it might sound a little scary. We know that much of the media has turned all things related to COVID into a frightening scenario that caused alarm bells to go off for all of us. With over two years under our belts, we know much more about the virus, and can evaluate things better.

You don’t have to be fearful of getting or having long COVID. If you do have it, there are natural processes that can help get you well and feeling better. You aren’t stuck in an unhealthy situation. Start making new habits and doing what’s needed to promote wellness in your body.

We have many programs available to help you along the way. Get in touch with us today to see how we can provide answers to your health questions. It’s a pleasure to help you with continued health and wellness.

 

References :

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-long-haulers-long-term-effects-of-covid19#:~:text=People%20with%20long%20COVID%2C%20or,in%20mental%20health%20and%20cognition.

https://health.ucdavis.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-information/covid-19-long-haulers

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects/index.html#:~:text=Symptoms.%20People%20with%20post,or%20come%20back%20again.

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/post-covid-syndrome-the-long-haul https://www.uclahealth.org/medical-services/long-covid

https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/ND21p40.shtml

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/gut-bacteria-may-play-a-role-in-the-development-of-long-covid#Potential-treatments https://www.sclhealth.org/news/new-study-finds-people-who-intermittently-fast-experience-less-severe-complications-from-covid-19/#:~:text=Researchers%20found%20that%20those%20who,positive%20for%20it%2C%E2%80%9D%20Dr.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8029627/

https://www.pharmacytimes.com/view/study-intermittent-fasting-associated-with-less-severe-covid-19-complications

Dr. Nick Zyrowski
Dr. Nick Zyrowski



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