It’s party time! Festivals are fun for everyone and provide a well-deserved break from everyday stress. During the festival, sweets are a big part of the celebration. But by indulging in sweets, salty snacks, and fried foods, we forget that they can attack our digestive health, leading to acidity and bloating. But if the damage is already done, try some of these top tips for reducing bloating and acidity.
Festival and digestive health
Health Shots reached out to Anupama Menon, a certified nutritionist and food coach from Bengaluru, who shared some tips for managing bloating and acidity.
Menon says, “Food is becoming a big part of our celebrations, and with the kind of diversity in food due to our culture and religion, the experimentation is vast and cannot be contained. Therefore, it becomes essential to keep in mind some key aspects for those who are worried about their health and also want to take care of their physical shape during these festive months.
Here are 5 tips for dealing with bloating and acidity issues during the festival:
1. Don’t Avoid Your Workout Routine
Since it is obvious that one will not be able to maintain a regular exercise schedule during the festival season, a morning walking routine of 20 to 25 minutes, five to six days a week, is ideal. If this is not possible in the morning, do it in the evening. A brisk walk is the best workout to follow. It also maintains your strength and keeps your stomach and heart healthy.
2. Plan your meal
Plan your daily meals in advance around your social gatherings and religious functions. This will help you avoid overeating and choosing unhealthy foods. Don’t overindulge in sweets or fried meals, even if it’s your cheat day, as they can wreak havoc on your digestive system. It may take a little practice, but it’s worth it.
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Your digestive system is essential for the proper functioning of your entire body. Add probiotics to your diet to maintain it and function normally. Your body can digest food faster and bad bacteria are kept at bay with probiotics. Consume yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi or tempeh. These foods will help stave off gas and maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
4. Ajwain and jeera water
Many people drink jeera or ajwain water to treat acidity and other digestive difficulties. Ajwain has antibacterial qualities which treat gastrointestinal issues such as gas, flatulence, and indigestion. Although drinking jeera water regularly can help cleanse the stomach, improve digestion and reduce gas, it also works as a detox drink and is high in fiber.
5. Drink water
You should drink enough water and eat a healthy diet if you drink alcohol in order to overcome unpleasant side effects. Water helps in breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. Therefore, make sure to drink enough water throughout the day.
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The festivities are a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your family while indulging in as much food as you want. But by keeping these tips in mind and doing these little conscious gestures as much as possible, we can still have fun.