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Post Viral Syndrome: What To Do?

Getting sick with a virus, feeling unwell and then bouncing back to full health is what we would all wish for. Unfortunately, getting sick and “not” recovering fully is a reality we are facing more and more. Coming down with a viral infection whether it’s for a couple days or even weeks you usually recover without any lasting consequences. However, post viral syndrome is when you suffer with symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, muscle pains, sleep issues, brain fog, dizziness etc. that lasts for weeks, months or even years after the infection.

The sad reality for those suffering with post viral syndrome is that most health practitioners and doctors can’t offer much help or even know where to begin. Thankfully, with functional medicine we can try get to the root of post viral syndrome and address them through specific treatments, supplementation, improve nutrition and lifestyle changes.

What is Post-Viral Syndrome?

It is a group of symptoms, which develop after a viral infection. A fever, headache, body aches, running nose, lack of appetite, and weakness are some common signs of a viral infection.

However, patients with the post-viral syndrome tend to feel extremely drained and tired, even after recovery following the removal of the virus from the body. The symptoms often linger for too long even after recovering from the infection.

Some common symptoms of the post-viral syndrome include:

> Dizziness
> General pain and discomfort
> Fatigue
> Trouble concentrating
> Brain fog
> Memory troubles
> Sleep problems
> Headaches or migraines
> Confusion
> Muscle pains
> Pain and stiffness in joints
> Shortness of breath
> Swollen lymph nodes
> Changes in the menstrual cycles
> Frequent digestive issues

There are certainly similarities between chronic fatigue syndrome and post viral syndrome. However, the main point of difference is that chronic fatigue syndrome often begins without a “definitive” reason or rather multiple options whereas post viral syndrome begins after a viral infection.

The cells of your immune system release cytokines as a response to an infection and to trigger inflammation. This is a healthy response to protect your body from harm. The issues start when your body’s reaction to an infection goes haywire. This so called hyperinflammation and thus damage to cells is called the cytokine storm. This reaction can certainly lead to post-viral infection.

Another reason behind post-viral syndrome may be due to the lingering effects of a virus that didn’t clear out completely.

What are the risk factors for post viral syndrome?

> Insulin resistance
> Obesity / overweight
> High blood pressure
> Cardiovascular disease
> Chronic health issues
> Other existing infections
> Respiratory diseases
> Weakened immune system
> Gut microbiome imbalance
> Autoimmunity

Management of post-viral syndrome with natural functional treatments

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Immunological dysfunctions, oxidative stress, and inflammation often play a key role in triggering the symptoms of the post-viral syndrome. An anti-inflammatory diet could be effective for improving the immune health and reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
An antioxidant-rich diet filled with anti-inflammatory nutrients would support the activity of the immune cells and promote faster recovery from the post-viral syndrome.
An anti-inflammatory diet includes nutrient-dense whole foods, such as green vegetables, herbs, sprouts, spices, fermented foods, pasture-raised eggs and poultry, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught fish.
Eating healthy fats, like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and olives, can also activate the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise offers many health benefits that could accelerate your recovery and relieve the symptoms of the post-viral syndrome. Exercise and physical activities can boost the disease-fighting potential of the immune while also improving the mitochondrial functions thus enabling you to recover faster.

Improve sleep habits

Studies have shown that the lack of sleep could worsen the symptoms of the post-viral syndrome. Ensuring that you get a sound sleep of at least 8 hours every night, on the other hand, would support the body’s healing mechanisms and enable faster recovery from the symptoms of this condition.
Healthy sleep habits can also reduce inflammation and oxidative stress and support immune functions thus speeding up the recovery.

Reduce Stress

Reducing stress is essential for improving your general health and supporting your body’s natural disease-fighting potential. Stress-reduction strategies such as yoga and breathing exercises can also improve the activities of the immune system and help relieve the symptoms of the post-viral syndrome.

Daily Sunshine

The deficiency of vitamin D is one of the factors commonly implicated in the development of post-viral syndrome. Sunshine offers the best natural source of vitamin D. Daily exposure to sunlight can address the deficiency of vitamin D while also supporting the activities of the infection-fighting immune cells such as T lymphocytes thus improving your chances of faster recovery.


Hyperthermia is also an effective treatment against a number of viral and bacterial infections as it boosts your immune system! The body naturally generates a fever in the face of infection as a healing mechanism however with lingering viral loads or post viral syndrome this might not be the case.
Heat shock proteins are produced as a result of fever, inflammation and oxidant injury. These proteins help support the immune system to flag pathogens, mutated cells and reduce damage to healthy tissue. The healthy production of heat shock proteins has been indicated in a wide range of conditions including Alzheimer’s, cancer and infections.
Aside from the heat shock proteins, viral and bacterial pathogens are unable to replicated in the increased heat environment and can be rapidly dealt with by the immune system.
Hyperthermia treatments have been found to be beneficial in many patients to restore immune function, support chronic disease and help eradicate viral/bacterial infections.

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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a special form of diet that involves specific periods of fasting and periods of eating within 1 day.
The common forms of intermittent fasting include 20 hours of fasting with 4 hours reserved for the meals and 16 hours of fasting with 8 hours reserved for the meals per day.
Intermittent fasting can help to improve the functions of the mitochondrial in the cells. It can promote a process called autophagy that helps in the elimination of harmful toxins from the cells. Thus, intermittent fasting could help to improve your recovery at the cellular level.


The use of supplements that contain vital nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin C, Zinc, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, and quercetin is highly recommended for speeding up the recovery from the post-viral syndrome.
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine is a form of amino acid that is needed for maintaining optimal immunity and respiratory health.
Quercetin can act as an antioxidant and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Zinc and vitamin C are essential for boosting immune functions. Zinc deficiency has been found to elevate the risk of adverse outcomes in patients with viral infections.
Hence, the use of these supplements is advised to relieve the symptoms and improve recovery from the post-viral syndrome.

Ozone Therapy

Naturally this wouldn’t be a truly functional or complete article about post viral syndrome without ozone therapy. Ozone disrupts the virus-to-cell attachment through peroxidation. The weak cells that the virus attached itself to are effectively eliminated and replaced with much healthier cells.
Other than disinfection and peroxidation, ozone therapy can also strengthen the immune system which boosts the body’s capacity to fight against viral pathogens. Ozone therapy is considered one of the more effective and safe ways of managing a viral infection. Depending on the severity of post viral syndrome – rectal ozone insufflations or major autohemotherapy as the superior options. It can also be used as preventive treatment by destroying the virus even before it can attach itself to the host cell.

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The post-viral syndrome can be treated more efficiently by making healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle and using appropriate supplements. These natural support strategies can improve your overall health and nutrition and enable you to overcome the symptoms of post-viral syndrome in a shorter duration.

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