Those of you who are choosing to get the Covid Vaccine have questions and concerns. Which one should I get? What should I do to prepare? Will I experience side effects?

In Functional Medicine, we are always looking for the most natural means possible to boost our health. In terms of the vaccine, we find some supplements may improve the immune response to the vaccine.

  • Quercetin – Can help dampen the histamine immune reaction.
  • Magnesium – Can help with cellular stress.
  • Probiotics – Help create a healthy gut – a critical factor in an immune response

Have you heard of Tinofend?

Tinofend is an all-natural vine indigenous to India often used in Ayurvedic medicine. The Institute of Functional Medicine reported the following:

Recently, researchers conducted a comprehensive review of Tinospora cordifolia extracts’ potential for immunomodulatory health benefits, stating “emergent health threats have heightened human awareness of the need for health and wellness measures.” Researchers suggest, “potential candidate botanical preparations are those that both promote a vigorous, well-regulated immune response and mitigate co-morbidities (e.g., diabetes) that weaken the immune system and predispose to either bacterial or viral infection.”

Other supplements to consider as part of a daily regimen for support include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Flavonoids
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium

The Day Before Your Vaccine:

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat a nutritious meal.
  • Hydrate
  • Try not to take OTC medications such as Advil or Tylenol before your vaccine.

Vaccine Tips

  • Mornings are the best time of day to receive your vaccine due to cortisol levels.
  • Don’t plan a workout on the day of your vaccine.
  • Again, refrain from alcohol for at least 24 hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, mainly water.

What about side effects?

It is normal to experience mild side effects after your Covid vaccination. You may experience the following:

  • Pain and redness at the injection site
  • Slight fever
  • Headache
  • Chills

However, if these symptoms continue for more than two days, reach out to your doctor.

The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated two weeks after the completion of their vaccine regimen. This is two shots with Pfizer and Moderna and one shot with J&J.

At this time, for extra protection, it is recommended to continue following mask and frequent handwashing guidelines until the epidemic is completely under control.

NOTE: As with any treatment, the Covid vaccine may not be appropriate for everyone. Anyone with chronic illness or health concerns should talk to their doctor about the benefits vs. the contraindications.