Many are looking forward to order their slots and get stabbed immediately. However, some people worry about the side effects experienced after giving the vaccine such as headache, low-grade fever, body aches, weakness, and fatigue. Since immunization against the coronavirus is so important, one need not be afraid to take the shot, says celebrity Shweta Gupta nutritionist and dietitian, founder, New Beginnings.
“Instead make slight changes to your diet to minimize side effects and maximize the effects of COVID-19 vaccine. For a quick post-vaccine recovery and feeling back to normal in no time, add these foods to your diet,” he advises.
Whole grain food
Consuming whole grains improves gut health and results in a better immune response. High in fiber and polyphenols, whole grains provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that help reduce chronic inflammation. Intake of whole grain foods like barley, brown rice, buckwheat, oats, etc. It also helps increase energy levels and fight weakness in the body.
Take care of the body hydrated Drinking water and eating hydrating foods can help relieve arm pain, reduce body aches, maintain an ideal body temperature, and reduce anxiety. Add hydrating foods to your diet like strawberries, watermelon, peaches, oranges, cucumbers, lettuce, etc. Which is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and provides a large amount of flavonoids to the body.
Known as the magic spice, turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties that help promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Curcumin is a bioactive compound present in turmeric, which modulates the immune system and works as a panacea to ward off colds, flu, or other infections. You can drink a glass of warm turmeric milk or turmeric tea to get the amazing health benefits and reduce the side effects of the puncture.
Vegetables are packed with essential nutrients such as: vitamin A, C, and K, potassium, folate, magnesium and other minerals that help build immunity. You can eat raw vegetables in salads or include them in soups to boost your metabolism and maintain overall health. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, parsley, asparagus, brussels sprouts, chickpeas are some vegetables that can help speed up post-vaccination recovery.
Ginger is composed of more than 30 amino acids and 500 enzymes and coenzymes, which help provide immune-boosting properties. Consuming ginger helps fight inflammation and also lowers stress levels. You can eat raw ginger, drink ginger tea, or take gingerol supplements to feel better after drinking it.
“In addition to including these foods, make sure to avoid eating processed foods and drinking lots of water. If you experience severe symptoms, call your doctor immediately,” said Dr Gupta.
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