Long COVID Support

Sent by JUDY CHO | January 29, 2022

This is my fourth world carnivore month celebration and being meat-based has just become a natural part of my life. This spring/summer, I’ll be celebrating 5 years of eating keto and meat-based. Time flies when you’re having fun!

 

STUDY OF THE WEEK — Probiotics and Enzymes Improve Long COVID

Most people get better from COVID after 2 weeks to a month of being exposed. But some people have symptoms that persist past four weeks. When symptoms persist for longer than four weeks, the diagnosis becomes long COVID or long-haul syndrome.

It seems that the sicker someone is and the longer duration of illness, the more likely they will have long COVID.

What are the symptoms of long COVID?

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Joint pain
  • Coughing
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of taste or smell (sometimes zinc helps!)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches

The thought is that these symptoms linger due to damage to the mitochondria, lungs, immune system, and nervous system. One study showed that taking probiotics can support the gut microbiome which then can help the body heal from long COVID symptoms.

According to a study, about 12 million people suffer from long COVID symptoms and those symptoms may be alleviated after 14 days of probiotics, especially muscle soreness and brain fog. (PMID: 34564089)

In this study, one hundred participants received supplemental probiotics and enzymes while the other hundred participants received a placebo. What’s fascinating is that 91 of the 100 participants that took supplements had a resolution of muscle fatigue. That’s 91%. 

You can always try a little bit of fermented liquid, kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut to support the microbiome. But many carnivores can’t tolerate fermentation.

If you have poor gut health, it’s inevitable that your immune health will struggle. Most of our immune system is in our gut. Depending on the triggers (assaults to the gut), we will have higher risks of autoimmune illness and inflammation.


Nutrition absolutely affects your gut microbiome and your immune system. One study shared how our diet plays a significant role in the prevention and treatment of disease.

And don’t forget how the gut and brain are also closely connected. I suffered from severe postpartum depression. As I ate meat-only and worked towards healing my gut, I stopped suffering from depression (and stopped all antidepressants). Look into the vagus nerve and how when we’re stressed, our digestive system shuts down so we can focus all our might on surviving.

Imagine what happens when our body thinks we’re always in a stressed state and we eat during those times.

If you want to read more about mental health, gut healthand nutrition, you can find my articles and microblogs on mental health. I will always have a special place for gut disease, eating disorders, and mental health healing stories with carnivore. I lived with all of them for way too long.

But healing is possible.

If you want to try the long COVID probiotics, I recommend BioDoph as it’s closest to the makeup of the one used in the study. I also recommend digestive enzymes and immunoglobulins.

If you are sensitive to prebiotics (fibers), then I recommend Lactozyme. Our shop is running a sale on Lactozyme right now, so don’t miss out.

If you are new to probiotics and don’t know much about the different strains, I recommend reading the content of my probiotic restart kit. It helps give you a 10,000-foot view of the different strains.

I don’t really believe that strain A can do X in the body but I do believe a general population does us a body good.

If you are suffering from long COVID, my heart goes out to you. Chronic fatigue is a very serious illness that sometimes we take too lightly. I have clients that have to pause their entire life to focus on only healing.

Be thankful for your health. My clients humble me daily and I never take my family’s health for granted.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK


Plant-based diets love to make mock versions of meats.

🐄I have several posts on beef’s nutrient profile. So let’s talk about watermelon steak.

👩🏻‍🍳First, let’s talk about preparation: It’s straightforward: cook on the pan and add some salt, maybe some balsamic vinegar. You can add vegetable fat, but most recipes do not call for fat.

💪🏼Now let’s talk about nutrition. I was surprised at the nutrition in watermelon. While it’s very minimal, there is still some (but very minimal compared to a beef-cut steak).

🍉Watermelon steak is served as a complete meal. But it’s not complete in nutrition. Nowhere near complete. I was generous and didn’t include all the deficiencies.

🚫It’s missing almost all B-vitamins, though it does have some folate (thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, Copper, Manganese, Omega 3 — all missing).

🤏🏻It has a small amount of fat-soluble vitamin A, no vitamin D and trace amounts of E and K. But remember, without any fat with watermelon steak, will any of these fat-soluble vitamins get absorbed?

⚠️And this doesn’t even consider if you can convert vitamin A to the useable form. AND it doesn’t even consider that all fat-soluble vitamins work together. With the lack of vitamin D, do these fat-soluble vitamins have any chance of absorption?

❗️Interestingly, watermelon has some fat. There is 50 mg of omega-6 per 100-gram serving.

🌱Watermelon steak has more minerals than vitamins. It makes sense since it’s grown in the dirt. But the nutrients are very minimal. Other than vitamin C (at 13% DV), no nutrient is above the 3% recommended daily value amount.

🥩Steak, at 100 g (only 3.5 ounces), has many nutrients over the 20% recommended daily value and many nutrients above that. (Vitamin B12 is 134% DV for 100 grams).

❗️But if you cook watermelon like a steak, something that nature probably didn’t intend, you may lose more nutrients. Likely because watermelon is 91.5 grams of water (of 100 g).

💧More than 90% of a watermelon is just water. Yes, water is life but have watermelon for hydration, not as a nutrient-dense meal. (Because it’s not).

 

CATG PODCAST: Gout, Cholesterol, Insulin, Exercise — Thoughts from the Low Carb Conference

In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain episode, Laura and I talk about low-carb topics discussed at the Low Carb Boca Raton conference.

  • About the conference
  • Importance of hope and community
  • Topics and Discussions from Low Carb Conference, Boca Raton
  • Honey and PUFAs
  • Read life vs. ideal eating
  • CGM as a motivation tool
  • Stress and blood sugars
  • Early signs of diabetes
  • C-Peptide
  • Dr. Ben’s exercise
  • Gout, uric acid: fructose, purines
  • Cholesterol
  • Lean Mass Hyper Responder (LMHR)
  • Cholesterol Code
  • Coronary Artery Calcium (Agatston score)
  • The human side of experts
  • Eating disorders and standard care treatments
  • Lipedema
  • Sleep and satiety
  • Insulin suppressed?
  • Context and nuance in health
  • Hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance
  • A story to reflect on: We need to heal our communities

Listen Now!

 

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Carnivore Cure starts with meats that have the least number of allergens and sensitivities. Once you reach a baseline of health, then you can incorporate other meats that may have previously caused a sensitivity. As you heal the gut, if you choose to, you can slowly add back plant-based foods.

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YOU CAN HEAL. Because the right food is medicine.

Eliminate the wrong foods and eat the right foods for you, and you alone. Take your life back with the Carnivore Cure.

 

NwJ PODCAST: Microbiome and Mindset | Skin Health, Heavy Metals, Histamines, Autism with Mary Ruddick Part 2


We hope you enjoy the energy and information we share in this two-part interview!

  • Thoughts on microbiome. Do we need diversity?
  • Fiber is a tool
  • Plant fiber for short-term fatty acids
  • Thoughts on skin microbiome
  • Thoughts on not eating fish because of mercury and PFAs
  • Buying conventional meat
  • Adding fish for omega-3s
  • Histamine issues on carnivore
  • Antihistamine probiotics in kimchi and kefir
  • Lifestyle component is important
  • Believe that your body is healing
  • Nervous system and mental health
  • The Blue Zone diet
  • Greatest tips learned through traveling

You can listen here and watch here.

Watch Now!

 

NwJ INSIDER TIPS

In the next few weeks on the Nutrition with Judy podcast, I’ll be starting the hard conversations about uric acid, purines, fructose, alcohol and how we essentially may be derailing a carnivore diet by adding these things (daily) to a meat-only diet.

I’m guessing it won’t be of the popular opinion for some. But I stand for the people and will share what may help people heal further, not for what gets me the popular vote. If popularity was what I wanted, I would have become an everything-in-moderation nutritionist.

I want healing for all.

Stay tuned.

with ♥️ and hope for healing,

DISCLAIMER:
While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.

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