Long covid diet: Kefir, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut may help prevent it


The leader of the ZOE COVID Study, Tim Spector, has shared easy ways to boost immunity that may even help to avoid long Covid. The professor appeared on ITV’s This Morning to talk about the role diet plays in coronavirus.

Mr Spector said: “If we can focus on our gut health…gut microbiome is really crucial.

“We know from Covid now that your gut health is crucial for your immune system.”

He explained that to improve our immunity, we need to improve our gut health and that is done through a “high-quality diet”.

“Feeding it the right things and avoiding feeding it bad things, that’s what made the difference to getting a long Covid,” the professor added.

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One thing you can do to improve your gut health is to regularly eat fermented food, according to Mr Spector.

Many might opt for dairy alternatives like yoghurt and cheese, but the expert recommended something else.

He noted: “The other fermented foods that many people don’t know about are what I call the four Ks.”

These include:

  • Kefir (fermented milk)
  • Kombucha (fermented tea)
  • Kimchi (Korean spicy cabbage)
  • Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage).




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