As millions of people across the globe are taking the COVID-19 vaccine and many are queuing up for the same, an ambiguity on what to eat and what not to eat pre and post getting shots are also rising.
People are extremely cautious of the vaccine side effects and are making sure that their vaccine experience is safe. Interestingly, our diet can play a crucial role in the vaccination process. While some opines that one has to fill their diet with healthy foods and necessary nutrients, others suggest staying hydrated while getting your shot.
So let us discuss what one should and should not eat or drink prior to or after getting the COVID-19 jab:
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
Keeping yourself hydrated is extremely important for good health, especially when you are getting a vaccination against COVID-19. Drinking enough water or having hydrating fruits throughout the day helps you to re-energize which in turn reduces the risk of developing severe side effects and helps you to feel better through the course of the vaccine.
Say ‘No’ to alcohol
Normally, people experience minimal to no side effects post their COVID-19 vaccination, which can range from fever, fatigue to body ache and pain at the point of injection. As said above, staying hydrated is crucial during this time.
Hence, you must avoid alcohol consumption as it can dehydrate your body, which may intensify the side effects of vaccination. According to a study published in the journal Alcohol Research, alcohol consumption has also been linked with weakened immunity.
Go for fiber-rich foods
Experts suggest that fiber-rich food is essential for a relaxed body and a good immune system. During vaccination, it is important to be well-rested and active, which can only be attained if you have consumed wholesome foods. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that eating saturated fats and sugary foods would likely lead to stress and anxiety and cause more disturbed sleep.
Consume whole-grain rather than processed food
As per a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, good eating habits are highly important to ensure a healthy body during this pandemic. So when you decide to take the COVID-19 vaccine, remember to eat healthy whole-grain foods that are rich in fiber, rather than processed food that is high in saturated fat and has a high amount of calories.
Always have a balanced diet before vaccination
Do not compromise on your diet before and after the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, apart from getting some reassurance about the process, staying hydrated and eating a healthy balanced diet or a snack can prevent fainting associated with anxiety.