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Stay healthy and keep fit this Navratri with these expert tips on fasting

The Navratri season is here, and it means that most people follow fasting. This is a great way to detox the body, but remember to be aware of these tips!

Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival celebrated every year, and falls between the months of March and Apri. This year, the festival began on 13 April, and will run until 21 April.

The rituals celebrated during this period are similar to Sharad Navaratri. People fast as a tribute to Goddess Durga. Apart from a spiritual celebration, fasting is a great way to detox the body. It also helps eliminate unwanted calories, which improves digestion. What’s more, fasting helps the body to heal.

After Holi, as the season begins to change, our body immunity goes for a toss. To deal with this, we fast during Navratri.

Here are some expert tips to help you fast:

1. Try a satvic diet: It includes fruits and vegetables, which are ideal for detoxing the body.

Satvik Go! Picture courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Our water intake is important and we need to ensure that our body stays hydrated while we fast. You can also drink coconut water, fresh juice, water or smooth water. Avoid overeating tea or coffee.

3. Due to fasting, we snack more when we feel hungry. It is important to live carefully, while choosing your snacks carefully.

4. Try to stick to healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts, makhana, rajgira lado, etc.

5. Use rock salt or rock salt for cooking. Do not use common salt. Limit your intake of potatoes. Potato is a staple food that is consumed during the fast, but try to consume it only twice a week.

6. People who fast for the entire nine days should remember to eat small meals at regular intervals to keep their metabolism in peak shape.

Navratri food
Trust sweet potato instead of potatoes. Picture courtesy: Shutterstock

I would also like to tell a recipe of deer khichdi. Buckwheat is a wonderful source of vegetarian protein. It is the best nutritious food for all those who want to look fit.

Tips for breaking the fast

Once you are done with your fast, it is important to ensure that your body gets into the habit of consuming regular food. This is because the enzyme production in your digestive system decreases and the mucus layer in your stomach is affected. You may experience health problems such as nausea, abdominal pain, or diarrhea due to overeating or consuming certain foods.
Introducing regular foods slowly and strategically will help break down safely faster, without disrupting your digestive system. Millet-soaked water is good for digestion, and provides protein to provide energy to the body immediately.

Carr can be eaten on an empty stomach, as it activates your digestive fire and cleanses your intestinal system immediately.

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