Ep. 25 - Understanding and Navigating Long Covid with Karen Preece Smith



Episode 25

According to the Office for National Statistics, as of 5 March 2023, an estimated 1.9 million people living in private households in the UK were experiencing self-reported long COVID (symptoms continuing for more than four weeks after the first confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that were not explained by something else). However, this is something that isn’t being discussed as much as it should be. 

In this episode, Nicole invites functional medicine practitioner Karen Preece Smith onto the show to discuss long COVID, the symptoms people can experience, how it can trigger autoimmune conditions, and Karen also shares practical steps you can take to manage long COVID.

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Episode Timestamps


Karen’s specialisation and experience in functional medicine


Discussing Long COVID and some shocking statistics


The impact of Long COVID on health


Understanding Long COVID symptoms


The role of histamine


The connection between Long COVID and autoimmunity


Gut health and identifying the foods that may trigger your symptoms 


The effect of vaccines on Long COVID


Practical tips for managing Long COVID

“You may be fine in your 20s or 30s, and then it’s just that shift of hormones that sends things going wrong.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

The link between long COVID and triggering autoimmunity

How long COVID can impact our sleep and recovery

Why paying attention to your gut health is vital

Karen’s advice for combating long COVID symptoms

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Hey there, I´m Nicole


Functional Medicine Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist BANT CNHC
Registered Nutritionist BANT
Podcast Host – The Goode Health Podcast
Media Contributor – Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Thrive Global
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Founder of The Goode Health Clinic – WINNER Best Functional Medicine Clinic UK 2023 

Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.