Health: How to fight the effects of long Covid
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- Published on Monday, 06 December 2021 11:40
- Last Updated on 01 December 2021
- Monica Costa
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- tiredness and fatigue
- respiratory problems, such as a cough or breathlessness or shortness of breath
- difficulty sleeping
- anxiety and depression
- heart palpitations
- chest tightness or pain
- joint or muscle pain or soreness (myalgia)
- Lack of stamina
- not being able to think straight or focus (‘brain fog’) – menopausal and perimenopausal women could be affected even worse by this particular symptom because of the hormonal change
- sleep abnormalities
- change to your sense of smell or taste
- persistent cough
37% of Long Covid sufferers have at least one known symptom, including brain fog, for three to six months.
The Alive! research poll showed over 9% of sufferers reported ongoing brain fog, with memory and concentration issues.
30% of those polled said they were more stressed since the pandemic started.
30% of women reported worsening hormonal issues. Brain fog is also a known symptom of menopause.
Sleep deprivation impacts brain function
76% of people polled by the The Alive! research team have a broken night’s sleep at least once a week.
Sleep abnormalities are indicated in every major neurological and brain disorder.
A poor night’s sleep can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol by 37%.
This leads to cravings for reward foods, often high in fat, sugar or salt but nutrient poor.
Soothing the nerves
Respondents to the Poll had tried various measures including exercise, prescription medication, herbal sleep remedies, spending time with loved ones and consuming less alcohol.
27% admitted to their diet and eating habits worsening since the pandemic with limited understanding of how to meet the body’s nutritional needs.
Ensure sufficient protein for hormonal calm.
Include essential omega-3 fatty acids to modulate inflammation.
Eat a daily rainbow to ensure good nutrient intake and healthy gut bacteria.
Utilise nature’s treasure chest of herbal remedies.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums