I was recently taken out with the ‘cron as it made its way around our small township of Raglan.

When I first tested positive I was ‘positive’ I’d be feeling right as rain in a matter of days, and said as much to various people I had Zoom meetings scheduled with that week. I hardly ever get sick, and if I do, I usually bounce back super quick. So I was surprised to find how much longer the effects of COVID lingered around – I had a strange, dizzy feeling in my head, was sneezing, coughing, blowing my nose, and overall just felt really tired for most of my isolation week.

I did find a few things helpful for recovery, and thought I might consolidate some tips here for anyone out there currently dealing with COVID or getting prepared for when/if it decides to make an appearance in your household (as it does seem to be more a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if’!).

Supplements:

I must admit that I went a little crazy on the supplements. We had literally a whole platter of them on the dining room table and whenever people recommended another one I hadn’t heard of before that they’d found helpful, it joined the platter selection. Here’s what I took over my COVID recovery week – research them for yourself and see if you think they’re worth stocking up on, I am not a Doctor so this is purely from personal experience, and of course each one alone is only going to have a limited impact:
  • Multivitamins¬†from BePure¬†– I take these every day anyway so just upped my dosage over COVID.
  • Vitamin C¬†– plenty of research out there on the benefits of this with COVID recovery, so I went hard on the vitamin C.
  • Vitamin D¬†– likewise, you’ll find this commonly recommended.
  • Zinc¬†– be warned, don’t take this on an empty stomach like I did or you’ll also end up projectile vomiting all over the kitchen floor – not fun.
  • Andrographis – this was a popular supplement in Raglan long before COVID, if anyone starts coming down with a cold they’ll head down to the Herbal Dispensary to stock up.
  • NAC – a new one I hadn’t come across before, recommended by a friend due to studies that have been done¬†using it for COVID treatments.
  • Quercetin¬†– another one I hadn’t previously used, it’s an antioxidant that can have inflammation-reducing properties and has been¬†used in some COVID trials.

Other Supplies:

  • Mouth wash¬†– to help reduce viral load and ease your sore throat if that’s one of your symptoms.
  • Good quality tissues! My nose got really sore from using toilet paper the first couple of days, so I upgraded.
  • Lozenges. I had good old Strepsils already in the pantry, which did help with the coughing, but I’ve heard manuka honey ones can be really effective.

Meals:

I found I wasn’t very hungry at all while¬†having COVID. In the animal kingdom,¬†a sick animal will fast while it’s unwell¬†to allow the body time to rest & repair. I think the same is true with humans and there’s no need to force yourself to eat your usual serving sizes while you’re sick.

My COVID diet followed a very predictable rhythm of soup & toast for lunch, and fruit, granola & coconut yoghurt for dinner (I’ve been doing intermittent¬†fasting for years, so don’t usually have breakfast anyway). Here’s some recipes from our website that might be helpful for you:

Drinks:

I’m a big fan of the classic squeezed lemon, organic honey & fresh ginger combo, so sipped on plenty of these¬†over COVID week!

I can also recommend:

  • Pukka tea¬†– lovely flavours and ethically produced
  • Immunity tonics from Chia Sisters¬†as a quick way to make a nice brew
  • I’m biased of course, but our Green Apple & Ginger Kefir has always been my fave flavour, and the added vitamin C made it even more appealing while having COVID.
  • Freshly squeezed juice – orange, blended feijoa smoothies, or guava juice are all an amazing way to get a good vitamin C hit.

Mindset:

Go easy on yourself! It’s hard to be forced to stop everything you’re doing and stay at home for 7 days. You’ll naturally feel some resistance to this, and probably want to be over & done with COVID as quickly as possible (if you’re anything like me that is).

But it isn’t your typical cold and there is a lot of research being published on long COVID, brain fog, breathlessness from exercising and other impacts that people are experiencing weeks & months after they got the virus. All the experts seem to agree that the best approach is slow & steady with your recovery. Don’t push it. Going straight back into the gym after your 7 days, or straight back into your normal level of work might not be what your body needs.

Listen to your body and go at your own pace.

It’s a great opportunity to lie down and listen to podcasts or audiobooks – less taxing than staring at a screen.

Interesting Links/Resources:

If you are currently isolating with COVID, I’m sending you lots of love & good vibes!¬† ūüíď I hope you have nice house-mates or friendly neighbours who are able to check on you and bring you supplies. If that’s not the case and you need to reach out to someone, the¬†Community Health team¬†are available 24/7.

Let’s keep looking out for each other!

xx