Understand the causes, and keep festive swelling at bay using these effective remedies

Festivals are the time to celebrate and enjoy our favorite foods. As Dhanteras, Diwali and Bhai Dooj are knocking at our door, we all look forward to join the festivities with our family, friends and some delicious food. But it is important to be careful as eating fried, sugary and packaged foods can cause digestive problems like flatulence in some people, which can become a cause for concern if not treated in time.

So, before it is too late, Preeti Gupta, Dietician and Founder, Perfect Health by Preeti Gupta is sharing some common causes of festive bloating, and also listing down remedies that can help.

* Eating different types of fatty food.

*During festivals, people’s sleep cycle is disturbed – they sleep late and wake up late because they are busy partying. Due to this people eat at odd times which can lead to digestive problems like flatulence.

* Consumption of excessive alcohol and carbonated beverages.

*Missing food and then going out to drink more coffee and tea.

* Forgetting to drink water can lead to dehydration and bloating. “Never forget to hydrate yourself. Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily, no matter what work you are busy with,” said Gupta.

*”Try to exercise four times a week. It can be walking or yoga or aerobics or dance or gym or any exercise of your choice,” Gupta told indianexpress.com.

“The most important thing is to be aware of our health and pay attention to what we are eating. So, don’t consume too many heavy foods. Portion control is a key,” shared Gupta .

Never give too much gap between meals.

Eat at least two fruits (minimum) every day so that toxins do not accumulate in the body.

Drink water carefully (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

* Do not eat too much sweets. “This is the main cause of bloating. Eat one small piece, that is enough for a day. You can also have ragi laddoos or healthy sweets like jaggery or til ladoos,” said Gupta.

Try to chew your food slowly without getting distracted. It helps in digestion.

Smoking also causes bloating, so it is best to avoid it.

* Cucumbers, probiotics such as kombucha, kefir, yogurt, fennel water, ginger, turmeric, papaya and mint tea can help reduce inflammation.

“During festivals, enjoy, but also take care of your health,” Gupta insisted.

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