Long Covid Natural Treatment Strategies with Dr. Hedberg - Dr. Michael Ruscio, DNM, DC

Long Covid Natural Treatment Strategies with Dr. Hedberg

Why long COVID affects some more than others and which nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle interventions (like protein, sleep, and amino acids) can help improve symptoms

For many years, Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker in the functional medicine arena, presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness. In this podcast, he speaks about why long COVID affects some more than others and what nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle interventions can help improve symptoms. Listen in to hear more.

Dr. Ruscio’s Fast Facts

Long COVID predictors

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Comorbidities (obesity, asthma, diabetes, etc.)
  • Vaccination status
  • Social determinants

Potential causes of long COVID 

  • Viral antigen persistence
  • Gut dysbiosis 
  • Systemic and tissue specific inflammation 
  • Reactivation of herpes virus, Epstein Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, or shingles
  • Microvascular dysfunction 
  • Immune system dysregulation

Goals to improve long COVID symptoms

  • Improve body mass and insulin resistance
  • Re-establish immune system balance
  • Restore gut health

Healing approaches to long COVID

  • Dietary: Green leafy vegetables, berries, green tea, beetroot juice, a low histamine diet, intermittent fasting, adequate protein consumption (starting with 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram body weight)
  • Herbs and supplements: L-Citrulline, arginine with vitamin C, garlic, slippery elm, melatonin, turmeric, glutathione, Resveratrol, ashwagandha, ginger
  • Lifestyle choices: sleep hygiene, vagus nerve stimulation

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