Guidelines for Pre and Post COVID Vaccination


Here are some guidelines on what to eat and what not to have pre and post vaccination.

While millions have already taken the Covid vaccine shots, many others are still in line for the same. In a bid to ensure that your vaccine experience is safe and smooth, it is imperative to take care of your diet, too.

So, here we have curated a list of what you should do, eat and should not eat or drink prior to or after getting the COVID vaccination shot.

Good sleep

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It is important for the body to be adequately rested before getting the vaccine shot in order to avoid fatigue and body ache. Hence, it is advisable to get a good nightโ€™s sleep a day before the vaccine. Doctors say that since the body rebuilds its defense mechanism during sleep, sleep deprivation may lead to suppressed immunity. It could also lead to stress which further suppresses the immune system. It is also important to keep the blood circulation going in the body and hence doctors advise some form of exercise after the vaccine.

Stay hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated is extremely important, especially when you are getting vaccination against Covid-19. Consuming water throughout the day helps you to re-energize which in turn minimizes the risk of developing severe side effects and helps you to feel better during vaccination. So, donโ€™t forget to drink water.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol will lead to weakened immunity. From fever, fatigue to body ache, many people are experiencing minimal to no side effects post-vaccination against coronavirus. At a time like this, staying well hydrated is the key to good health. Hence, you must avoid drinking alcohol as it can lead to dehydration, which may intensify these side effects. According to a study published in the journal Alcohol Research, alcohol consumption has also been linked with weakened immunity.

Avoid eating processed foods

As per a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, healthy eating habits are vital to ensure a healthy body during this pandemic. That is why, when you decide to take the Covid-19 vaccine, you should consume healthy, whole-grain foods that are rich in fiber, rather than processed foods that are high on saturated fat and have high amount of calories.

Avoid eating sugary foods

Experts believe foods rich in fiber are crucial for a relaxed body and a good immune system. During the process of vaccination, it is essential to be well-rested and active, which is only possible if you have eaten wholesome foods. As per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, you should avoid eating saturated fats and sugary foods that lead to stress and anxiety and cause disturbed sleep.

Green vegetables

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A balanced diet is important to avoid any serious side effects. Green vegetables boost immunity and are packed with nutrition. They are also good for gut health. Hence, the post-vaccine diet must include a lot of green vegetables. They can either be cooked or consumed raw as salads. They can also be had as soups. The more colorful the vegetable platter, the better and healthier and so, ensure that a vegetable salad has all colors.

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