I have been supporting patients with Long Haul Covid in my clinic since the middle of 2020. It was around this time that it was becoming clear that long term symptoms were persisting long after the initial phase of the illness disappeared. I had already gained a wealth of knowledge prior to the pandemic having worked with and researched Post-Sepsis Syndrome and Post Viral Fatigue.
I am a leading voice in the natural nutrition and lifestyle interventions for Long Haul Covid, having presented at events and shared important clinical insight across the globe. My evidence based approach to personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions provide a safe, effective and supportive method of taking back control of your health.
What is Long Haul Covid?
While there are some differences in definitions across health care authorities, NICE guidelines in the UK define long-term Covid patients as those with ongoing symptoms that persist beyond four weeks from initial infection.
Official definitions from NICE:
Acute COVID-19 Signs and symptoms of COVID‑19 for up to 4 weeks.
Ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 Signs and symptoms of COVID‑19 from 4 weeks up to 12 weeks.
Post-COVID-19 syndrome Signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection consistent with COVID‑19, continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis.
It is believed that Long Covid is caused by immune system alterations secondary to an initial infection. This causes chronic low-grade inflammation with or without increased histamine release, and increased blood clotting.
What are the symptoms?
Individuals with Long Covid may experience clusters of symptoms, often overlapping, fluctuating, and changing over time. The symptoms can range from mild to debilitating and may last for several weeks to months. In addition to the severity of the initial infection, previous comorbidities may affect how severe Long Covid symptoms will be. The ACE2 receptors, which the virus uses to enter the cells, are in multiple areas of the human body. This includes the lungs, gut, heart, brain, and blood vessels and explains why symptoms can appear in many areas. Fatigue, shortness of breath and joint pain appear to be the most reported symptoms and at this present time it is not known if vaccines have any effect on ongoing symptomatic Covid-19 or the prevention/exacerbation of Long Covid.
Long Covid Clinic - Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Support
It is important to understand that the goal is not to "boost" the immune system, nor suppress it. The ultimate outcome is to achieve immune harmony whereby the immune system behaves and acts according to the environment it is exposed to, as opposed to becoming hyperactive.
I have developed a particular model that is unique to BeNourished, which covers the important elements that address the susceptibility and severity of illness and support immune tolerance. The specific areas of focus are:
Nutrition and Hydrations
"Due to the complexity of the mechanisms that underpin Long Covid, I request that all new patients obtain a full health check and blood test from their GP or Consultant Physician prior to our consultation. I list of tests I would like to see is available on request"
The Benefits of Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Support
1-2-1 interaction between practitioner and patient
Supports the reduction of comorbidities linked to the poorer outcomes
Interventions are tailored to individual biochemistry with the use of testing, nutritional and lifestyle assessment, alongside a careful intake process and assessment of previous health history
Prevents the use of inappropriate supplementation
Protects the patient from drug nutrient interactions from inappropriate supplementation
Takes into consideration, physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, social determinants, ethnicity, and religion
Can be used safely alongside medical intervention