A common discomfort we face from time to time is a stomach ache caused due to indigestion or constipation. It happens to all of us. Our unhealthy food habits such as irregular meals, excess intake of greasy and processed foods, skipping meals and drinking less water are some of the reasons we deal with stomach aches. The unpleasantness can be avoided but with time constraints, strict schedules and so much pending work to do, we compromise on our health. So we take the easier way out. Maybe order from a fast food joint or munch down on a quick bite or just not eat. But even with healthy eating habits and drinking enough water, we face stomach issues. So it gets to the best of us. This can happen if we’ve consumed difficult to digest foods, such as processed foods, an excess of dairy products, acidic foods etc.
So what do we eat?
It’s simple. Eat everything.
But the trick is moderation. It would be a good time to refer to the food pyramid we learned about in school. Including all the important foods from the pyramid, maintaining a diet that suits your body and lifestyle is crucial. These choices have lifelong effects on our health and can greatly enhance our quality of life.
One must include the five food groups in their diet.
Vegetables and legumes – cooked vegetables or raw vegetables can be a part of your lunch and dinner. A snack, even! Vegetable soup makes a healthy lunch. You can be creative and try out new recipes in case you’re bored of the same old bhaji/sabzi scenario. Vegetable patties, stir-fry vegetables make delicious meals.
Fruits – A great snack to carry. You can even include it in most meals. Fruits make for mouthwatering shakes and smoothies too. Fresh whole fruit is recommended over fruit juice and dried fruit.
Bread, cereals, rice, pasta, and noodles – A staple food for half the world’s population, there are many varieties of these to try. Where possible, try to use whole grains in bread and cereals.
Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes, and tofu – These foods are a great source of protein and easy to include in diets. There are numerous ways to cook these foods that suit your liking!
Milk, and cheese – try adding yogurt to breakfast cereal with milk, or using cottage cheese as a sandwich filling. Use mostly reduced fat products.
Once you’ve got an idea of what must go into your diet, you must keep a check on the portions too. Of course, have a bowl full of vegetables! But keep a check on the portions when it comes to junk food, processed foods, greasy foods or any high-calorie foods. Portions and moderation are key.
Some may face stomach issues even with a good diet, thus to help with digestion and regular bowel movements, Upakarma Ayurveda has Paachak and LaxoBest. Pachaak a delicious digestive powder, is safe and an effective Ayurvedic remedy for indigestion and acidity. It can also be added as a spice to your food! LaxoBest, one of the best herbal laxatives, is helpful to deal with constipation and hyperacidity.
Lastly, enjoy your food! Stop looking at the screen, relish that bite instead. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be a chore but part of simple self-care.