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How the coronavirus affects the intestines

The intestines

The transferred coronavirus can lead to disruption of the intestines and a prolonged recovery from the disease. Having entered the body, COVID 19 kills some of the cells, slowing down the absorption of nutrients to maintain the functioning of organs.

The most affected are those who mistakenly treat COVID-19 with antibiotics, according to doctors, these drugs destroy the body from the inside, preventing it from starting the process of the final recovery.

Intestinal malfunctions make it difficult for the whole body to recover from coronavirus infection. This was stated by the rheumatologist Pavel Evdokimenko on his YouTube channel.

In general, the work of the digestive system after an illness is getting better slower than the sense of smell or sleep patterns.

“This problem is the most difficult. In most cases, it occurs in those who have taken antibiotics. There may be allergic reactions. You have to understand that these people are likely to recover longer, ”the doctor said.

Earlier, the medical portal BIOCODEX also published a study conducted by specialists from the United States, showing the relationship between bowel disorders and covid. 

According to scientists, this is mainly due to the fact that symptoms of damage to the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea, are often found in severe diseases.

According to the research data, among 10 thousand patients with coronavirus, the prevalence of these symptoms ranged from 10% to 17.6%. Their occurrence can be influenced by several mechanisms at once.

This is the multiplication of the virus in the intestine itself, a change in the composition and functions of microflora as a result of hypoxia caused by COVID-19, or the involvement of the “intestine-brain” axis. Doctors explain the latter as follows:

“The gut nervous system can be affected either directly by a viral infection or by components of the immune response, resulting in increased diarrhea and probably stimulating the vagus nerve to induce vomiting,” the study said.

The likelihood of a relationship between disruptions in the work of the intestines and recovery from the postponed coronavirus was also confirmed by Russian doctors. 

In general, the virus itself can proceed in the intestinal form, noted Konstantin Khomanov, a general practitioner and founder of the Physician’s Handbook application. In such cases, it affects the gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the rectum.

However, nausea and vomiting can still be a manifestation of intoxication – a general inflammatory reaction in severe disease. They cannot be attributed only to covid, but it is important and necessary to understand the reason in detail, ”the doctor said.

The Infectionist, Anna Balandina explained to Gazeta.Ru that intestinal fermentation in covid may be due to the fact that the cells of the intestinal epithelium contain receptors on their surface through which the coronavirus enters them.

Through these receptors, it affects both the cells of the respiratory tract and the cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Because of this, cells die off and the processes of cellular digestion and absorption of nutrients are disrupted. 

Thus, the digestive system can serve as an entrance gate for other infections, which will also slow down the recovery process after coronavirus, ”the doctor said.

The general condition of the infected person is also influenced by diseases that he only learned about after the immune system switched to coronavirus and stopped suppressing them, nutritionist Elena Solomatine told Gazeta.Ru.

The gut is a powerful link in our immune system that cannot remain unaffected by a viral load. During the period when the body is under such stress, even those diseases that the immune system had previously suppressed creep out. 

A rumbling begins in the intestines, pathogenic flora begins to creep out, which further leads to the development of other unpleasant diseases – for example, in women, everything can end up with thrush. 

Some still drink antibiotics on top of everything else – and they generally kill all living things. And a person suffers from internal destruction even when the virus has already left. “

Gut problems could potentially lead to eating disorders, the nutritionist said. “Our choice of food depends on this organ – whether we want sweets or sausages, this is determined by the bacteria that live there. 

And if there are more of them after an illness, then they dictate their own conditions, and the person, violating the diet, even more, brings himself more and more new problems, ”she said.

Aggravating the situation with harmful products, you can bring yourself to chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: ulcers and cholecystitis, the therapist Yekaterina Yashina warned.

“If in such cases symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting appear, then all bacteria and vitamins are washed out – microflora is disturbed, which ultimately will lead to protracted problems and subsequent long-term treatment,” she told Gazeta.Ru.

A nutritionist advises you to help yourself in such cases with a balanced diet. Food should be at room temperature, without coarse dietary fiber. Porridge with milk or water, fermented milk products are well suited, the infectious disease specialist Balandina advises.

The therapist Yashina agrees with her colleagues: according to her, it is important to follow a diet that a gastroenterologist selects for each individual case.

“In addition, it is worth drinking auxiliary preparations that contain useful enzymes, live lyophilized lactic acid bacteria, bifidobacteria, lactobacilli, and enterococci, which are a normal component of the natural intestinal microflora.”

“It is difficult to restore the microflora of the stomach without drugs and auxiliary enzymes, ”the doctor concluded.”

Published by Secretsofaidsebolafacts

We are three united medical writers from different backgrounds. Dutch Micro-surgeon/scientist & author Johan Van Dongen / Journalist & author Joel Savage, from Belgium and a German medical doctor & author Dr. Wolff Geisler.

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