Gwyneth Paltrow has been accused of spreading “misinformation” after revealing the strict diet she took up on the advice of a “functional medicine practitioner”.
The Goop founder, who recently revealed she had contracted COVID-19 last year, wrote in a blog on her website that she had experienced long-term symptoms including brain fog and fatigue.
“I had some tests done that showed really high levels of inflammation in my body,” she wrote.
To combat these symptoms, Paltrow has now taken up a “keto and plant-based” diet which sees her fast until 11am everyday.
A keto diet sees participants eat very few carbs while consuming large servings of fat — however, health experts warn restricting one food group could lead to deficiencies.
Paltrow’s regimen goes against medical advice that those with long-term coronavirus symptoms eat a balanced diet with a variety of food.
“Like the virus, misinformation carries across borders and it mutates and it evolves,” he said.
“In the last few days I see Gwyneth Paltrow is unfortunately suffering from the effects of COVID. We wish her well, but some of the solutions she’s recommending are really not the solutions we’d recommend in the NHS.”
Professor Powis said doctors were taking long COVID “seriously” and applying “serious science” to its treatment.
“All influencers who use social media have a duty of responsibility and a duty of care around that,” he said.
Despite Paltrow’s approach not being recommended by doctors, the actress said it has been working wonders for her.
Her diet has also seen her abstain from alcohol, take vitamin supplements and focus on “sweating out toxins” through exercise and using saunas.
“Everything I’m doing feels good, like a gift to my body. I have energy, I’m working out in the mornings, and I’m doing an infra-red sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing,” she wrote.
“A side benefit is my skin, which makes me happy — and makes me want to double down on skin care even more. “
Associate professor Nisreen Alwan, a public health expert at the University of Southampton, has also experienced long COVID-19. She told the British Medical Journal that key to managing long-term coronavirus symptoms was to learn “what brings on utter exhaustion or the other symptoms, and try to avoid those things”.
“I’m fairly driven, and I thought I could beat this virus. A friend told me to stop dominating the virus and start accommodating it,” Assoc Prof Alwan said.
“Once you start accepting that, it becomes a bit easier. You have to drop your baseline by 90 per cent; you are a different person.”