What To Eat And Drink Before and After Getting the COVID Vaccine
Huffpost reports that by May 1, 2021, all Americans will be eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Getting the COVID vaccine will protect you from getting infected with the coronavirus but you may observe some side effects after your shots. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some common side effects are pain, redness and swelling around the injection site. Other side effects may include fatigue, fever, head and muscle pains, chills, and nausea. To help you prepare for your vaccination and to counter possible side effects, here are some food items to eat and drink before and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
What To Eat And Drink BEFORE Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
Functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole tells Eat This, Not That! that regardless of what COVID vaccine you're getting, a "clean and whole-foods-based diet" will help set up your system. Foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and other gut-healthy foods will help prepare your body for the vaccination ahead.
Bone broth made from beef, chicken or turkey bones has high levels of collagen that are excellent for gut health. Check out this beef bone broth recipe from Epicurious to get you started. If you already have a trusty chicken soup recipe, go for it. You can also try this one from the Food Network.
Try the Mediterranean Diet
If you're still waiting for your turn, Huffpost suggests that a good way to pre-condition your body is to try the Mediterranean diet and benefit from its anti-inflammatory effects. The diet revolves around whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and omega-3-rich foods like olive oil and fish, which will also help keep your blood sugar levels steady.
Include fermented foods in your diet.
Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi are essential for gut health and will support your immune system's response to the vaccine.
What To Eat And Drink AFTER Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
Fevers are a common side effect of vaccination. To prevent dehydration, drink lots of water and teas with anti-inflammatory properties like green tea, ginger tea, and turmeric tea. Even your favorite sparkling water will help you recover. Before and after getting the COVID vaccine, make bone broths a staple as well.
Blueberries are anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. Eat This, Not That! says research also shows that they can boost serotonin level which will help balance your mood if you get sick and stressed after getting your shot.
Stock up on fiber-rich foods.
A fiber-rich diet encourages the growth of healthy bacteria that will support your immune system's response. Load up on whole grains; fruits such as melons, oranges, pears and berries; veggies like carrots, sweetcorn and broccoli, beans, nuts, seeds, and potatoes with their skin on. Adults are recommended to have at least 30 grams of fiber every day.
Avoid inflammatory foods.
While recovering from your vaccination, avoid inflammatory foods that that may interfere with your immune system response. These foods include sugar, dairy, chips and other fried foods, refined flour products like white bread, pasta and bagels, and foods rich in saturated fats and artificial sweeteners.
Here's to a speedy recovery!