Did you know that your hypothalamus can be severely affected by Covid? And that is why you may have debilitating symptoms long after you’ve recovered from the virus — otherwise known as Long Haul Covid.
Early in the pandemic, I joined a Covid survivor’s social media group. Just to see what lingering symptoms people described after they had recovered. Many of the symptoms – fatigue, hot flashes, massive hair loss, anxiety, confusion, memory loss, depression, headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite – all suggested hypothalamus involvement.
Within a month, researchers in France discovered that the hypothalamus can be affected by the virus. Which can cause serious long term affects.
They found that the Hypothalamus is rich in ACE-2 receptors. The same type of receptors in the lungs which Covid attaches to. Covid-19 enters the hypothalamus by the bloodstream since unlike the rest of the brain, your hypothalamus is not protected by the blood-brain barrier. The virus can also gain access to your hypothalamus via sensory organs which four out of five pass through the hypothalamus.
If your fever and respiratory symptoms improved, but you’re left with persistent systemic symptoms like excessive thirst, headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, joint pain, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, severe fatigue, heart palpitations, reflux, nausea, constipation, dizziness, tinnitus, rash, itchiness, tremors, dry mouth, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and brain fog – you may have Long Haul Covid.
Neurologists have noted that many healthcare workers who had massive exposure to the virus early in the pandemic, describe having symptoms for 100+ days.
Many of the symptoms are neurological in nature – but all are related to hypothalamic damage.
- Insomnia or frequent awakenings
- Inability to concentrate and think clearly
- Easy fatiguability despite normal lung function
- Anorexia or increased appetite
- Temperature dysregulation
- Lymphadenopathy meaning swollen glands
- Dysautonomia – meaning your autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly. And that’s bad, because your autonomic nervous system is an unconscious control system that regulates bodily functions, such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, sexual arousal, and the fight-or-flight response.
Your hypothalamus acts as coordinator of the autonomic nervous system. – both the excitatory sympathetic nervous system and the calming parasympathetic nervous system.
Autonomic symptoms in Long Haul COVID include:
- Tachycardia or rapid heart rate with mild exercise or even just standing
- Night sweats
- Gastroparesis – delayed stomach emptying leads to GERD, indigestion, and malabsorption
- Peripheral vasoconstriction – which can cause high blood pressure
If you’ve had covid and you’re still suffering with symptoms, you need to support your hypothalamus to fully recover.
Thankfully, so far, only two of my patients have become infected with Covid. This was early on in the pandemic and both even though they’re in their mid 60s with comorbidities, they have done extremely well – with no lingering symptoms. I believe it’s because they’ve been supporting their hypothalamus with Genesis Gold. And I believe that the low covid infection rate were witnessing in our patients and customers is because they are supporting their hypothalamus. That’s because your hypothalamus controls your immune response and a stronger immune system helps protect you.
If you want to learn more about what your hypothalamus does and how to heal it naturally, please join my free Hormone Reboot Training.
We are going to see long-term consequences from this pandemic. Long Haul Covid appears to be mimicking myalgic encephalopathy and chronic fatigue syndrome. And with so many infected, the disability and resultant long term health care needs are going to be tremendous. Supporting your hypothalamus may protect you from long haul covid.