What To Eat Before/ After Your Covid-19 Vaccine To Lessen Side Effects

Everyone in the U.S. is going to be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine by May 1stand with a lot of people having varying levels of reactions (if any), you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do. Yup – and HuffPost has collected some tips to lessen any side effects you might feel.

It involves what you eat before and after you get the vaccine. Since side effects could include pain, swelling and redness at the site of the injection, possible fever, muscle pain, chills, nausea, tiredness and headaches, here’s a list of tips to try:

  • Try ginger for nausea– Make some ginger tea withthis recipe.
  • Hydrate with healthy fluids– Water, tea, or sparkling water are all good choices
  • Don’t fast, juice or detox– Your body needs protein to kick the vaccine into gear
  • Eat a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet– Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, Omega-3 and monounsaturated fats like those found in olive oil, fish, poultry, eggs and beans. Limit your intake of red meat and dairy.
  • Consider a low glycemic index diet for a few days– Try to keep your blood sugar low by eating beans, green vegetables, whole and multigrain breads, berries, apples and lean proteins, nuts and eggs.
  • Chicken soup– Always an excellent choice If you make it with plenty of veggies
  • Get your gut health up to speed to increase your immune response– Dr. Todd Born, a certified naturopathic physician and certified nutrition specialist says “A diverse and healthy microbial community in the gut will influence the immune system directly”, so foods like yogurt, kimchi, kefir and sauerkraut can help out with that.

The bottom line is to have healthy foods and drinks, get lots of rest and stay hydrated for a quick vaccine recovery.


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