5 tips to keep your Diwali healthy for a memorable and enjoyable time
Contributed by: Priyaish Srivastava
With Diwali just around the corner, the preparations are in full swing and the anticipation for this auspicious festival is at its peak. From home renovations and decorations to buying new clothes and from worshiping the goddess Laxmi to reuniting with friends and family after a 2 year hiatus, this year’s Diwali occasion is really special. Surrounded with all the joy, many people often forget to take care of their health, which can lead to health complications and hamper the festive mood by interfering with the festivities.
These health complications arise due to several bad decisions that can occur during a festival, such as: B. binge eating, changes in sleep patterns, increased intake of fatty foods and sweets, sedentary lifestyle and changes in meal times.
You may be thinking now, what are these health problems and are they serious? Well, these complications mainly affect your stomach and hinder the digestive process, resulting in complications like acid reflux, gas, discomfort, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, and difficulty having a bowel movement.
However, while these problems are common and less severe at festivals, they can easily get worse if action is not taken at the right time to deal with these conditions. In this article, we bring you some tips to help you avoid these health concerns and to celebrate Diwali with the utmost joy.
Keep your sleep cycle going
Intentionally or unintentionally, the sleep cycle during festivals can be affected by nightly conversations and fun activities with friends or family. Although Diwali only comes once a year and you understandably want to get the most of it, ignoring the importance of getting the right amount of sleep can affect your overall well-being and affect the celebrations. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of healthy sleep at night to stay active and enjoy the festival.
Take lukewarm water
Due to binge eating during Diwali and the odd time of meals, the risk of indigestion increases. Many studies support the benefits of drinking lukewarm water as it offers several benefits, including improving digestion, relieving constipation, detoxifying, and improving central nervous system function.
While lukewarm water is highly recommended, it is not a good idea to drink it throughout the day. The best time to drink is before bed and after waking up to aid digestion and keep the stomach fit for the fiesta ahead. Adding mashed ginger while the water is boiling and mixing it with lemon juice can aid detox and promote your overall wellbeing. Also, make sure you drink at least 2 to 3 liters of normal temperature water every day to stay healthy and hydrated.
Avoid meals at unusual times
Fun and exuberance that extends late into the night with friends or family can lead to changes in meal times, leading to intestinal complications such as over-acidity or difficulty having a bowel movement. To avoid such conditions, eat at the right time, and then enjoy the happy times with loved ones.
Don’t forget to exercise
During the celebrations, some people may ignore the importance of exercising and enjoy their new comfort zone with food, drink, and a stress-free environment. It can make them feel ecstatic, but it can also have a negative impact on their overall health.
If you spend time in the gym on Diwali and the following days, low-intensity exercises like brisk walking, jogging, hopping, and yoga can help maintain overall well-being and keep you active.
Take the Ayurvedic path to health
- After a heavy meal, a tablespoon of honey mixed with a squeezed lemon and powdered cinnamon (Dalchini) can stimulate good enzymes and control cholesterol levels.
- It is common to have a heavy meal during festivals. To reduce the chances of negative impact on your health, have a spoonful of trikatu with ghee before you eat. This combination strengthens the metabolism and promotes healthy digestion.
- Avoid fried candy and opt for candy with ghee.
- Candy consumption is higher during festivals than at any other time of the year, which increases the likelihood of elevated sugar levels, which can be particularly dangerous for diabetics. Ayurvedic experts suggest that a mixture of amla, turmeric, and aloe vera can help control sugar levels.
In order to enjoy Diwali while minimizing the risk of health complications, you need to consider the tips above for making your celebration healthy. You may also suggest to loved ones to follow these tips to stay healthy by taking steps to avoid health complications and to celebrate a happy and prosperous Diwali.
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