Getting sick from COVID is bad enough, but for many it doesn’t just end there. Millions will experience a long list of lingering symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, neurological symptoms and gastrointestinal problems for weeks, months and possibly years after the initial infection. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention“New data from Household pulse survey show that more than 40% of adults in the United States reported having had COVID-19 in the past, and nearly one in five of them (19%) still have “long-lasting COVID-19” symptoms. Eat this, not that! Health talked to experts who explain how COVID affects the gut and signs you have long-term COVID. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss out Sure signs you already had COVID.
How COVID is affecting the gut and the brain-gut connection
Raphael KelmanMD, a doctor of Integrative and Functional Medicine tells us, “Research ishows that the COVID virus can indeed affect and adversely affect the microbiome, which then leads to inflammation in intestinal permeability and a number of consequences that occur when the gastrointestinal wall becomes more permeable than it should be to toxins, environmental chemicals and the by-products of bacterial metabolites. This can then cause a number of problems in the body, including inflammation and even oral immunity. One component of the effects of the coronavirus is its effect on the microbiome, even if you don’t have gastrointestinal symptoms. So that’s why improving the microbiome is a very important component to healing COVID. Also, dealing with vaccines in vaccine injury helps prevent and treat long-distance COVID.”
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, Researcher and Best Selling Author From tired to fantastic! adds, “In some people, COVID likes to make a persistent home for itself in the gut lining. As the gut produces more brain- and mood-controlling neurotransmitters than the brain itself, this can cause the persistent brain fog and anxiety often seen in long-distance carriers.”
You can have GI problems with long-term COVID even if you didn’t have GI problems before
Dr. Teitelbaum says, “It’s not unusual to see people have persistent diarrhea and sometimes nausea as part of their Long Covid.”
Dr. Kellman adds, “A lot of people who didn’t have gastrointestinal symptoms before they got COVID have developed gastrointestinal symptoms. There’s no question about that. Certainly, if someone has an autoimmune gastrointestinal disease like colitis or Crohn’s disease, it’s more susceptible People who had no gastrointestinal disease, symptom or problem at all developed gastrointestinal problems and COVID. They could persist for quite some time.”
How to tell the difference between long-term symptoms of gastrointestinal coronavirus and other gastrointestinal problems that have nothing to do with COVID?
Dr. Teitelbaum explains, “Although the research has been done by showing persistent parts of the Covid virus in the lining of the gut, these tests are not available outside of research settings. But they look very different on colonoscopy and biopsy. The main tip? That the gut symptoms started with a viral infection didn’t go away.”
Dr. Kellman states, “Well, first of all, if someone had Crohn’s before, they would know about it. But if it’s new onset Crohn’s, you could get mucus and/or blood in the stool, the same thing as colitis. . This is not as common with COVID, but there is a lot of crossover because COVID can also cause autoimmunity. So it can be a trigger for colitis and Crohn’s disease. COVID could really cause a lot of problems. It’s a really difficult disease as it has many weapons.”
How to help relieve long-term symptoms of COVID-GI?
Dr. Teitelbaum shares, “In those I treat, I start with ivermectin 20 – 27 mg per day (depending on the person’s weight) for five days along with Pepcid 20 to 40 mg twice daily. Interestingly, Pepcid has been shown to have remarkable immunological and anti-COVID activities in a large number of studies Yale study also showed reactivation of Epstein-Barr virus (Mono) in people with Long Covid and we’ve known for decades that Pepcid stimulates your immune system in ways that are helpful for it as well. Additionally, Our recently published studies showed that a unique form of ginseng very high in rare ginsenosides led to a 67% average increase in energy in post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome.”
According to Dr. Kellman, “There are absolutely things that can be done that are related to restoring the microbiome. COVID can negatively affect the health of the microbiome. It reduces its diversity and can absolutely reduce the percentages of certain healthy bacteria in the gut and overgrowth of some other bacteria. So, number one, restoring some balance to the microbiome and helping it to become intrinsically healthier so that it can flourish. A very important component of the treatments is the use of probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics are the nutrients that are used to help a healthy gut microbiome proliferate and become more diverse. Probiotics that have immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects are important to incorporate to help with relief. When the microbiome is adversely affected by COVID, it can lead to an immune flare up, even this disease. So you want to use the types of probiotics that tend to moderate and reduce overactive immune expression.”
GI Long Covid Signs
Dr. Kellman lists the following GI symptoms that can occur with Long COVID:
– “Persistent abdominal discomfort and cramping is definitely a possible sign that COVID has affected your gut.
– Constipation and/or diarrhea is another sign, some people actually have alternating constipation and diarrhea after COVID.
– Bloating is another symptom I have seen.
–When there are gastrointestinal symptoms, there are always other systemic symptoms, such as brain fog and difficulty concentrating anxiety. It’s rare to see someone with long-term COVID and only have gastrointestinal symptoms. It’s also quite common to be associated with brain problems such as anxiety, depression, brain fog, poor memory and difficulty concentrating, which is very common.”
Dr. Teitelbaum shares, “The main symptoms of long-term Covid are fatigue, brain fog, pain, and insomnia. Although you may have symptoms localized only to the gut, the post-Covid onset and association of these other symptoms suggest that possible long Covid needs to be addressed.”
The risks of re-infection with COVID
Dr. Teitelbaum tells us, “The more often someone gets COVID, the more likely they are to have more severe disease. But in an otherwise young healthy low-risk population, the risk is still low. What’s more important is to keep optimal health and immune function. This can be as simple as taking a good daily multivitamin with zinc 15mg, vitamin D 1000 units and other essential nutrients. I recommend either the Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder or a combination of Clinical Essentials plus Virapro. Remember, 40% of people who get the virus have no symptoms at all. And only about 20% of the people in a household where someone has the virus get it. So simple measures like a good multivitamin, eight hours of sleep a day and Staying hydrated can make all the difference in the world.”
Long-term COVID is a threat and major concern
Dr. Kelman explains, “It’s really important for people to realize that long-term COVID is a big problem. studies show that up to 30% of people infected with COVID develop some form of long-lasting COVID, and sometimes symptoms can start months later. So it’s very difficult to diagnose and sometimes people don’t see the connection.
It’s very elusive, but it could have significant adverse consequences, not only in the fact that many people feel so awful, but it could have detrimental effects on the brain and other organs. Causing persistent inflammation, which can then lead to a number of different problems, such as coronary heart disease, neurological problems, and neurological inflammation, which can then lead to neurodegenerative disorders and poor cognitive function. It’s important to understand that number one, it needs to be diagnosed and identified and people need to be more aware of this possibility that their symptoms may be due to long-term COVID and not just say aging or ‘I just don’t feel so good these days. days.” Make the connection that if you had COVID and you have these symptoms, that certainly could be long-term COVID. In fact, some people have long-term COVID that have had very mild symptoms with COVID. And then a few weeks or a month later, they have long-term COVID symptoms such as brain fog, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, poor memory and general fatigue among others.” ONEAnd to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of them 35 places you’re most likely to catch COVID.