Watch your food intake before and after the Covid-19 vaccination

Getting vaccinated is a good reason to reflect on what you’re eating


The fitness freak in you might already have looked at how much you can – or should – exercise before and after getting the Covid-19 vaccination. Why not engage the health fanatic in you to also consider what you’re consuming? Although there is no specific science yet on foods that will help the vaccine be more effective, experts have been sharing some of their nutrition tips in preparation for getting jabbed. TL; DR? We’ve summarised it for you!


Before getting jabbed

If you haven’t yet gotten your Covid-19 vaccine, here are a few things you might want to consider. One suggestion is to aim for something similar to a Mediterranean-style diet in the weeks ahead of your appointment. This is because this diet is known to have anti-inflammatory effects, which is better for the immune system although the benefits take a while to kick in. Consider this preconditioning!

Experts also suggest that you are well hydrated ahead of getting vaccinated. Being hydrated can help you manage the probability of getting fever as a side effect from the jab and can also be helpful to for those with a phobia of needles or have a history of fainting. Just make sure you’re not drinking too much alcohol – it is known to dehydrate the body and also a suppressant of your immune system.


Day of the shot

Make sure you keep up your fluids intake. This will really help with the side effects that you may experience after getting vaccinated, especially headache and fever.  Water is always a good option and you can also have some juice (for that fruity goodness) or ginger tea (which has immune-boosting properties). Pro-tip: Bring a bottle of water with you to the vaccination centre to hydrate while you wait!

Make sure you have some food before your vaccination as that could reduce your likelihood of feeling dizzy or faint (especially if you’re afraid of needles!). It’s a good idea to have something you prepare yourself at home so that you know exactly what goes into your food. Eggs, yogurt, avocado and greens are among the recommended options. 

And what should you have as your first meal post-jab? Something that includes protein, iron and vitamins, and some carbs but make sure it’s cooked and not raw. Chicken soup is said to be a great option because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. If you do enjoy it, an Indian-style meal is also a good option. 


After the vaccination

In the first couple of days after your jab, you may encounter flu-like symptoms so stick with the usual remedies – think chicken soup or soup noodles.

When the side effects have disappeared, you may return to your usual diet but why not use this opportunity to think about how healthy you’ve been eating? The various lockdowns have taken their toll on many bodies and eating habits. It’s time to replace all that processed junk with whole foods! Start by adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet. For more on what would be good to consume after getting vaccinated, check these options out.

And remember, if you’re feeling anything beyond the usual side effects explained to you ahead of getting vaccinated, make sure to get medical advice! 



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