We celebrate festivals with a lot of fervour and in a country like ours there is no dearth of celebrations throughout the year. Traditional recipes are cooked which are more often than not deep fried and mithais or sweets are exchanged as a gesture of good will.
Over eating during the festive season and eating the wrong food leads to acidity problems, heartburn and indigestion. If you are guilty of having over indulged this festive season, do not fret as festivals are meant to be enjoyed with good food, in the company of people you love. A detox plan post any festival will not only help you be in good health but also set you on a path to recover from acidity problems, indigestion, heartburn and other problems involving the digestive tract, that people experience at times, post a festival.
Festive foods by and large are acidic in nature and the consumption of these foods is one of the main causes of acidity and heartburn. Whenever there is a substantial increase of acids in the body and these acids are not properly eliminated through the lungs, kidneys and bowels, the alkalinity of the blood is reduced leading to acidity problems.
Indigestion, burning sensation, nausea, vomiting, headache and drowsiness are some of the symptoms of acidity. Studies have shown that acidity is the root cause of many diseases, reduces the vitality of the human
Acidity and heartburn can be prevented by maintaining a proper ratio of alkaline and acidic foods in the diet. Since blood is alkaline in nature, eating alkaline foods is highly beneficial. Most fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and legumes are alkaline in nature and eating them increases the alkalinity leading to a quicker recovery.
There are many simple home remedies to treat acidity. Ginger is very good for the digestive tract. Chewing on a slice of ginger or having a ginger tea made by boiling a piece of ginger in water can help you get the anti inflammatory benefits of ginger. Chewing on fennel seeds after a meal is known to increase the alkalinity of blood. Having a simple fennel tea also eases the discomfort caused by acidity. Ayurveda places a lot of importance on having a glass of “takram” or buttermilk after a meal. The lactic acid in the buttermilk normalizes the stomach acids and is highly effective for treating problems of the digestive tract. Drinking coconut water increases the ph levels of the blood and is very good for acidity. Cumin seeds also have antiinflammatory properties and help to reduce the pain arising from acidity when steeped in water, strained and consumed. Another miraculous cure for acidity and other digestive issues is jaggery. Its nutrient rich properties help to bring down the stomach aciid when a piece of jaggery is sucked or eaten with plain.
Eating a rich diet filled with fats and sugars without a sufficient intake of fruits, vegetables and a lack of exercise can lead to indigestion, constipation, bloating and gut problems. Avoiding emotional eating, snacking in between, iced and cold drinks and eating light foods are simple ways to avoid indigestion.
According to Ayurveda when the digestive fire or agni is low in the body, it leads to all kinds of problems in the gut. Ginger is one of the best remedies to kindle the agni. Chewing a little fresh ginger with a pinch of salt before each meal is very good for the digestive tract. Herbal tea made with bay leaf and a cup of lime juice made with half a lime and ½ a tsp of baking powder is very effective for acute indigestion.
Festivals often involve late nights and less sleep. But it is during sleep that the body rests, repairs, rejuvenates and detoxifies itself so it is important to get undisturbed sleep.
Drinking enough water flushes out all the toxins from the body accumulated by overeating fried food, sweets and fats. Sipping on hot or warm water through the day clears all the excess fat and accumulated from a binge and is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body.
Fruits are rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that nourish the cells and clear toxins from the body.
After eating heavy food continuously, one of the best ways to detoxify is by eating light, nourishing foods. Kichdi, vegetable soups, sauteed greens, steamed vegetables, dal and rice are all great for a detox diet.
Since meat and other non vegetarian foods are acidic in nature, they are best avoided when on a detox diet. Processed and packaged foods are filled with chemicals and preservatives, so it is best to avoid such foods as well.
One of the best ways to get motivated to exercise is to find out what exercise regime suits you the best. It could be going to the gym, a dance session, simple light exercise dome at home, yogasanas or something as simple as a brisk walk. Exercise helps to burn the calories acquired after eating festive food and is one of the most important requistes for a good detoxification regime.
Simple preventive measures and home remedies listed above can go a long way in the prevention and treatment of acidity, heartburn, indigestion and other problems of the digestive tract that are experienced by many people post a festival due to improper eating habits.