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Eating and drinking well after COVID-19

For most people with Long COVID there is no specific or different advice regarding diet. In order to feel healthy it is important to drink enough fluids and have a diet that contains enough nutrients. This will mean you will have more energy, and you will be supporting your immune system to prevent further illness and infections.   

Eating well means that you are getting the correct amount of energy (calories) and nutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals) that you need every day for your body to function well and to protect you from ill health.

A balanced diet will include plenty of fruit and vegetables, wholegrain starchy foods, and some protein foods, to provide a good supply of all the nutrients we need.

There are no specific foods or supplement that can prevent people catching COVID-19 or reduce symptoms of Long COVID - however, a well-balanced and varied diet can help optimise health, immunity and wellbeing.

You may experience symptoms which reduce your appetite and can stop you eating as much as you normally would.

Some people with Long COVID find that they lose weight as their taste and smell have been affected. Others find they gain weight as they are not as able to be active. If after trying healthy eating yourself you are still concerned about your weight please ask your Healthcare team to refer you to a Dietitian.

After having a diagnosis if Covid-19 you may also experience difficulty in swallowing and/or changes to your voice. If these are not improving and if you think specialist input might be needed please request your healthcare professional (e.g Nurse, Therapist, GP or Consultant) to send a referral to the LCRS for help and advice from our Speech & Language Therapist.

More about eating and drinking well after COVID-19

  • Association of UK dietitians have produced an information page for people with Long Covid:
  • July 2022 Joint Care Programme if you are overweight and suffering from knee or hip pain -  a 12 week programme focusing on exercise and nutrition for people with chronic knee or hip pain and a BMI of 28 or above. Speak to your Long Covid therapist or GP for a referral.
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