1. Eat Gut-Friendly Foods
The gut accounts for 70% of your immune system and having a healthy gut microbiome will support your body’s response to the vaccine. Eat foods high in:
- Fiber – oats, poha,dalia, millets upma/dosa, vegetable paratha, cooked beans or green veggies
- Probiotics – curd, buttermilk, fermented foods such as idli, dosa, and dhokla
A high-fiber diet eaten well before bedtime could even help you sleep better.
2. Have Immune-Boosting Spices
Include turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and tulsi in your diet – add it to the food you cook or have it as a herbal drink.
3. Skip Fatty And Overly Spicy Food
Avoid spicy, masala-laden, and fatty foods (with cheese, cream, butter, etc.) which can cause acidity, nausea, or indigestion.
Opt for mildly flavored food with less oil and tempering/tadka.
4. Avoid Processed And Packaged Foods
These foods can irritate your gut and cause inflammation.
Instead, opt for a well-balanced home-cooked meal (roti/rice, dal, vegetable, white meat/fish) and snack on fresh fruits and nuts.
5. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can make you feel worse. Drink plenty of water and others fluids such as soups, coconut water, or juices.
6. Avoid Any Raw/Uncooked Foods
Uncooked/semicooked eggs, raw meat, or fish may trigger infections as your immune system recovers. Steam, bake, roast, or sauté whatever you eat. Avoid frying.
7. Monitor Temperature
Some people may have a fever while others won’t. Both are normal immune reactions and vary from person to person.
Monitor your temperature, stay hydrated, eat well, sleep well. If your fever doesn’t subside within 48 hours, speak with your doctor.
8. Manage Pain In The Arm
Some people may have pain at the injection site/upper arm.
Apply a cool, clean, wet washcloth to the area. Continue to use and move your arm. You can also do light stretches to improve blood flow. Speak with a doctor if the arm pain/tenderness worsens in 24 hours.
9. Avoid Stimulants
Skip the caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine as these may irritate your gut.