Tips to improve your digestion before the festive season

You certainly have to balance the pressure you give to your digestive system during the time of festivities. Indian festivals are incomplete without rich, traditional dishes that are often high in calories and fat.

Here's how you can strengthen your liver and digestive system before the upcoming festive season.

Regulate caffeine intake: Too much caffeine intake slows down the detoxification process of the liver, slowing down digestion. Switch to green tea that contains little caffeine.

Cut down on sugar: Add natural sweeteners instead of consuming high amounts of sugar in your diet. Sugar puts pressure on your liver to convert the fructose in it to fat in the blood. You can replace it with honey to reduce toxin build-up in the liver and boost digestion.

Curb intake of dairy products: Use plant-based protein sources such as lentils that are easier to digest to meet your daily protein needs. High consumption of dairy products results in increased build-up of toxins and slower digestion.

Increase fibre intake: Fibre puts less pressure on the liver to digest food and cleanses the digestive system. Add some oats to your diet that have high fibre and protein content.

Switch to lighter oils: Switch to oils like flaxseed and olive. They are easier to break down and get absorbed by the body. Heavier oils such as sesame seed oil and vegetable oil put a lot of pressure on the liver.

Remember, just because you've switched to these healthy ways, you cannot overeat during festivals. Make sure you practise portion control and do not go overboard with your indulgences.

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