Poor gut health is Associated With Severe COVID-19

In a review published this week in mBio, microbiologist Heenam Stanley Kim, Ph.D, from Korea University’s Laboratory for Human-Microbial Interactions, in Seoul, examined emerging evidence suggesting that poor gut health adversely affects COVID-19 prognosis. Based on his analysis, Kim proposed that gut dysfunction — and its associated leaky gut — may exacerbate the severity of infection by enabling the virus to access the surface of the digestive tract and internal organs. These organs are vulnerable to infection because they have widespread ACE2 — a protein target of SARS-CoV-2 — on the surface.”There seems to be a clear connection between the altered gut microbiome and severe COVID-19,” Kim said.

American Society for Microbiology. “Poor gut health connected to severe COVID-19, new review shows.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210112085347.htm (accessed January 15, 2021).

Journal Reference: Heenam Stanley Kim. Do an Altered Gut Microbiota and an Associated Leaky Gut Affect COVID-19 Severity? mBio, 2021; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1128/mBio.03022-20

Eat more legumes, plants and other sources of dietary fiber.

Eat less meat, dairy, and eggs.

6 thoughts on “Poor gut health is Associated With Severe COVID-19

      • I have no recommendations as I do not take any probiotic supplements. The only supplements I currently take are a multivitamin, Vitamin D, and B complex. I stopped fish oil because the evidence is weak and I had a tendency to bleed a lot if cut. So the combo of baby asa and fish oil for me was not a good thing.

    • Back in February 2020 I had the worst stomach bug ever. I knew it wasn’t food poisoning because it felt different. Nothing appealed to my taste buds. I ate sparingly only to keep my strength up. No appetite for a full week and I lost five pounds. I’ve not had a Covid AB test so I can’t be certain if the bug was or wasn’t Covid. But my gut tells me it was. (pun intended).

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