What does a festival like Durga Puja bring to your mind's eye? Maybe a lot of fun, dancing and gaiety! Well! Are we missing out on something very important?
Yes! The variety of delicacies we relish on this happy occasion is indeed a joyous factor not to be missed!
With the nine day festival called Navratri and Durga Puja fast approaching, preparations for the celebrations can be seen in full swing in almost every Hindu household.
Normally, fasting is also observed during this festivity. All the fasting and feasting is bound to cause many stomach-related problems like indigestion.
If one falls prey to indigestion, then the whole fun might get spoiled.
Durga puja is just around and this article deals with the various ways to prevent indigestion during this grand, once-in-a-year celebrated festival.
Keep Yourself Hydrated:
Drinking a lot of fluids is a must. This causes all the toxins from the body to be flushed out, thus relieving the stomach of any problems. Some of the options to keep hydrated are drinking lots of coconut water, soups, juices, lassies, herbal tea, etc., and, of course, not missing out on having plenty of water.
By doing so, the optimal levels of fluid get maintained in our system. Also, drinking water after heavy meals is good for the stomach. Water does not interfere with the digestion process and keeps acid reflux at bay.
Avoid Too Much Of Fried Foods:
Fried foods which we most often consume during this grand festivity is the most common culprit for indigestion. Let us see how. These foods have a higher concentration of fats which is, of course, very difficult to digest.
Having healthy yet tasty alternatives can go a long way in preventing indigestion. Some tips are to replace fried potatoes with boiled ones and instead of making sabudana vadas soaked in oil, sabudana khichadi would be a nice choice.
Avoid Too Much Of Sugar-Coated Sweets:
Sweet delights drenched in ghee are sure triggers for indigestion. The sugar, which is the main ingredient in these sweet delicacies cause severe indigestion.
There is a heavy toll on the pancreas to digest a lot of sugar intake. If the pancreas fails to secrete enough enzymes to digest these sugars, then it may result in various stomach problems.
A good alternative to these heavily sugar coated sweets is fruit yogurt which can be light on the stomach. Also, replacing sugar with natural sugars like honey and jaggery in the preparation of the various sweet delicacies can go a long way in controlling indigestion.
Avoid Heavy Late Night Meals:
Going to bed after a heavy late night meal can cause severe acid reflux and indigestion. Let us see why. As you tend to lie down horizontally for a nice snooze, there are chances that the heavy meal you have just consumed cannot be digested properly.
This is because the acids in the stomach which help to digest the food consumed can be thrown back into the oesophagus, thus causing heartburn and acid reflux which may lead to indigestion.
It is not necessary to have a late night meal to enjoy your festivities. Having meals at about 7 pm will give a lot of time for the stomach to digest the food properly.