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Happy and healthy Eid-ul-Azha

Published : Friday, 17 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 441

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Eid-ul-Azha (festival of sacrifice) is the most important Islamic festival, celebrated by the Muslims all around the world. Since it is the event of sacrificing animals, it increases red meat in our diet which causes various health issues. Many of the foods traditionally eaten during Eid celebration are high in fat, salt and sugar. These foods are easy to 'over consume' and can wreak havoc on the body's digestive system, which could lead to vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and stomach pain as well as weight gain.
Unfortunately, overeating is very common during Eid feasts. It can be challenging to say no to a gracious host; hence, the balanced diet is totally disturbed on this occasion. However, consuming large quantities of food and drink can have serious consequences for individuals with chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes.
Dr Nazifa Nikhat   MBBS, AKMMC MPH (Ongoing), BSMMU

Dr Nazifa Nikhat MBBS, AKMMC MPH (Ongoing), BSMMU

So, it is important to remain healthy during Eid when there is abundance of mouthwatering foods. The following tips will help you to ensure better health throughout this festival.
Don't eat excessive meat:
Meat is hard to digest as compared to fruits and vegetables. On Eid-ul-Azha, people focus on eating meat only. This causes an increase in blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. The high consumption of meat also causes gastric problems.
Avoid cold drinks:
People tend to consume soft drinks to digest the high protein diet on Eid. But it results in more serious consequences. High level of sugar in soft drinks harms your health.
Intake more fruits and green vegetables:
People neglect their health and only eat meat on this festival while ignoring the vegetables and fruits. The importance of vegetables and fruits is known to everyone. They help in digestion and most importantly lower the risk of heart problems.
Break between the meals:
The delay between two consecutive meals should not be less than 6 hours at least on Eid days of Eid-ul-Azha. It helps in proper digestion of food.

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Simple alterations in recipes:
Using less ghee or replacing margarine with olive oil or milk with low-fat-milk, can make a big difference in terms of the amount of fat and calories without negatively impacting the flavor. Similarly, honey and molasses are natural sweeteners and are a healthy and tasty alternative to refined sugar in many popular dessert recipes.
Make time for walk:
A proper walk or exercise enables your stomach to digest food properly and it decreases the risk of different health issues.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water which will keep you hydrated as well as will help in better digestion.
Therefore, eat with moderation on Eid-ul-Azha, so that you enjoy your Eid with fun, joy and viewing all the ritualistic pride in the essence of this festival!


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