Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is an important tool in our fight against the raging pandemic.
How do you ensure the COVID-19 vaccine works well?
While vaccines work by driving our immune response against the pathogen, a lot of its prevention strategy also depends on our own natural immunity.
The efficiency of our immune system also determines how fast or good a vaccine works on us. Hence, we should take earnest steps to keep our immunity up.
Here are 5 such measures to take so as to ensure your COVID vaccine works efficiently:
1. Avoid and curb alcohol intake for weeks after vaccination
One major precaution people have been asked to follow after and preferably before vaccination is to curb alcohol intake, which may deter or limit the vaccine’s working in the first few weeks.
Some researchers also say that alcohol can also make it harder for the body’s immune system to defend body against any germs or infections. Therefore, it would be a wise idea to curb alcohol as well as tobacco intake.
2. Do not engage in stressful activities before immunization
Stress is never good for the body- and can limit your immune response as well. Any chronic or long-term stress can increase the level of cortisol and oxidative stress in the body, decrease the level of lymphocytes (white blood cells), and make you more prone to catching infections. Therefore, the more stressed you are, the higher are your chances of getting sick.
Acute stress can also alter health outcomes and immune response. Therefore, before getting vaccinated, ensure that you are stress-free and well aware of inoculation.
3. Eat well to charge your immunity
Eating well-cooked, nutritious foods that include a lot of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals helps in enhancing your immunity.
4. Sleep well
Good quality, uninterrupted sleep (7-8 hours a day) is imperative to a healthy and strong immune system. Sleep is the time when the body detoxifies, cells regenerate and a lot of crucial bodily processes take place. In the lack of sleep, a person can experience high stress, which again, is bad for immunity.
5. Engage in physical activity
For better driven immune response and the vaccine to work efficiently, engaging in enough physical activity and exercise is also important. Exercise is indeed one of the best ways to ensure your immune system functions fine. It can also reduce the chances of complications and illnesses, which make you sick.
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