Are you one of the estimated two million in the UK suffering from Long Covid?

If so, you may well be feeling helpless and above all hopeless, having been left suffering indefinitely, in extreme pain, with a constellation of terrifying symptoms from breathlessness, brain fog and deathly fatigue to post-exertional malaise (PEM), nausea, migraines and tinnitus.

Over 25 symptoms have been associated with this life-altering condition and nobody seems to be able to help. Conventional medicine is unsure and often unwilling to believe in and treat Long Covid, so who can you turn to for relief and help with your recovery?

Here at Total Body Health, we are experts in treating clients with Long Covid. Whilst we cannot offer a definitive cure, we offer a special Total Body Health Long Covid Package of therapies including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Red Light Therapy, combined with bespoke diet and lifestyle advice,  that works in tangent with conventional medicine to improve your symptoms and quality of life. Our ultimate aim is to personally guide you along the road to recovery.

So what is causing Long Covid and who can catch it?

Anyone who has had Covid can catch Long Covid. Often it is women over 40, but it can also affect men and sadly children, who were in very good health previously. Conventional medicine has been painfully slow to face this growing pandemic within the pandemic. At the very best patients face long wait lists to see medical consultants and, at the very worst, gaslighting and woefully wrong advice.  (Unfortunately, just like those suffering from another post-viral illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS),  have faced for decades.)

As more research appears it seems Long Covid could be from a myriad of differing things which have combined to create the perfect storm of inflammation in the body.   Firstly, viral RNA (Spike proteins) and/or viral ghosts lodged in the gut mucosa lining causing our immune system to go into overdrive. This in turn promotes an extreme autoimmune reaction in many, causing the body to attack its own tissues, such as the small fibre nerves responsible for the smooth running of our autonomic nervous system, or other organs such as the liver, thyroid, heart and kidneys. Thirdly, there have been several studies showing the presence of micro clots in the blood of Long Covid sufferers’ which has led to widespread vascular damage. 

How does Hypobaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Red Light Therapy help?  

Hypobaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT treatment involves breathing oxygen under pressure in a specially designed Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber and is scientifically proven to help treat chronic infections, reduce inflammation and aid wound healing, indeed many NHS hospitals have their own Hyperbaric Units.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) works by causing oxygen to diffuse more readily into blood plasma, creating the perfect environment for the body to heal itself by promoting the formation of new blood vessels and even new stem cells. HBOT helps the body fix and repair damaged tissue whilst reducing pain and fatigue. Red Light Therapy produces a biochemical effect in the cell which strengthens mitochondria – the powerhouse of every cell in our bodies. By increasing the function of the mitochondria, the cell can make more ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), with more energy cells function more effectively, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage. In addition to helping fatigue and healing wounds and injuries, Red Light Therapy can also treat inflammation and relieve pain from chronic conditions like Long Covid.

Lifestyle advice for Long Covid sufferers – LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

When you sign up to our special Total Body Health Long Covid Package we offer bespoke diet and lifestyle advice; no Long Covid patient is the same, which is why our bespoke approach is so important.

However, as a general rule, as with any chronic health condition,  it is very important to listen to your body. Don’t push yourself, pacing activity with frequent rest periods is key. If you are tired and in pain then rest! As a rule, do half as much as you think you can do in a day and the cut that down some more. When trying new activity, wait at least a couple of days to see how you feel before trying to increase what you do. This will avoid the awful cycle of crashing and recovery that we so many Long Covid suffers stuck in.

Eat the colours of the rainbow every single day: fruit and vegetables offer some of the best anti-inflammatory medicine that nature can offer. Add pre-biotic foods such as onions and garlic into your diet in addition of pro-biotic foods, such as kefir, Sauerkraut and kimchi.

Avoid all alcohol and don’t smoke or vape and try and avoid stress – this will just aggravate your condition. Stay hydrated and drink at least three litres of water a day. If you can, get out into the daylight and into nature to rebalance your body, not only will this help your immune health but also your mental health. If you are too ill to go for a walk, sit out in your garden, especially in the morning.

And finally SLEEP – this is the bodies way to detox and repair. Many with Long Covid find sleep a real challenge. Turn off all TV’s and screens at least an hour before bed, try meditation via Apps like Calm and avoid caffeine and eating big meals in the evening. The aim is to get at least seven hours of proper sleep a night to optimise your body’s ability to rebalance and heal itself.

To find out more about our Total Body Health Long Covid Package contact Tony Brown at Total Body Health on 0208 090 0995, or e-mail Tony Brown info@total-body-health.