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Post-Viral Fatigue


The Health Index

It is known that, after some infectious diseases, a prolonged state of exhaustion can occur, for example with the Eppstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus that causes mononucleosis, aka glandular fever. The term “post-viral fatigue syndrome” focuses on viral infection as the trigger of fatigue and exhaustion.  Most recently, post-viral fatigue has been identified as one of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

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What are the symptoms?

  • Fatigue and exhaustion that doesn’t improve with rest 

  • Reduced short-term memory and difficulty concentrating

  • Sore throat

  • Muscle aches

  • Sensitive lymph nodes in the armpits and neck

  • Joint Pain

  • Headache (of a new type, pattern or severity)

  • Deterioration after exertion

  • Insomnia

How can a nutrition practitioner help?

Post-viral fatigue is a complex condition and recovery tends to be slow.  A nutritious diet is vital to support the recovery process.  A nutrition practitioner will ask questions about your overall health and health history, diet, lifestyle and exercise habits.


They will look at your food diary to see where there may be room for improvement. Your nutrition practitioner will then develop a customised diet, supplement and lifestyle plan for you. The plan will take your low energy levels into account, containing recipes that can be prepared with very little effort.

Find your Post Viral Fatigue


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