Got Your Vaccine Appointment?
Eat well to prepare your body before and after vaccination.
Here are some ways you can continue to boost your immune system!
EAT Blood Sugar Regulating Meals
Light-headedness, anxiety around needles or feeling faint after a jab? Remember, no empty stomachs before a jab!
- Take a meal high in lean protein like soy protein, fruits and vegetables that are rich in complex carbs, B vitamins and minerals.
- Small eater? Drink a healthy soy protein fruit smoothie.
Optimal hydration may help support the immune system’s communication.
- Go for water or a healthy rehydration drink.
- Fiber promotes good bacteria growth in your gut, which will in turn determine your body’s response towards the vaccine1,2,3.
EAT Good Fats and Antioxidants
A diet high in fats and refined carbohydrates can raise inflammation levels in your body, reducing the immune system’s ability to provide an effective response towards any attack3,4.
- Up your intake of fish oil and antioxidants like polyphenols for a responsive immune system!
- For a smooth vaccination experience, it is best to start two weeks before and after your vaccination date.
Take Your Vitamins
- Boost and maintain your immunity with vitamins, minerals, lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates including fiber.
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