Additional reporting by Dudi Aureus.
Ever since the vaccination program in Singapore began on December 30, 2020, the country has made continued progress in inoculating 3.4 million citizens and long-term residents as of May 17. The schedule is organised based on age range, and currently, jabs are given to children (aged 12 and above) and adults (aged 40 to 44). If you're still waiting for your turn, the best thing to do is read up on useful tips on eating and drinking well before and after the big day.
The following information was compiled by Tatler Malaysia with the aid of Dr Leong Moh Ying, medical director of B&Co Clinic Malaysia.
1. DO: Eat more anti-inflammatory foods
Feeling yucky after getting vaccinated is perfectly normal and even shows that your immune system is putting up a good fight. "One sign of the body doing its work is experiencing acute inflammation, which always carries some degree of discomfort, whether through pain or a fever," explains Dr Leong Moh Ying.
Acute inflammation is part of the natural healing process.
That being said, it is possible to alleviate unpleasant side effects by increasing one's intake of anti-inflammatory foods. These contain antioxidants which, according to the doctor, help our body neutralise free radicals. In normal speak, it helps with the healing process.
Olive oil, fatty fish, chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts, berries, leafy greens, and spices and herbs such as ginger, rosemary and turmeric are rich with omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.