The very word Navratri brings to our mind joyous dance, music and fasting. Fasting during navratri has been a traditional practice which rekindles our stomach fire to get rid of toxins from the body. Erratic eating habits make our digestive system weak. This results in lower immunity. Fasting is a cleaning therapy which reboots our immune system by regenerating the immune cells. Sharad Navratri falls during September-October when there is a seasonal change which leads to decline in immunity, making our body vulnerable to infections and diseases. Hence, Sattvik food eaten during navratri is light on the digestive system.
How To Fast and Build Immunity During Navratri
The COVID pandemic changed the way we celebrate our festivals, wherein we place more emphasis on immunity. While a question may arise whether fasting is safe for the immune system or not, I’d recommend going ahead with it with the tips suggested below:
- Avoid long periods of starvation as this can lower immunity and make us susceptible to infections. Have fruits, dry fruits and nuts at regular intervals.
- As we want to ease our digestive system by fasting, choose light food and not fried food. Buckwheat, water chestnut atta, samak rice and sweet potatoes are nutritious options.
- Keep the body well hydrated during by having coconut water or nimbu pani in the morning. Butter milk is another great option. Have fruits and veggie infused water to level up the water intake. Avoid sodas and aerated drinks.
- With few options available during Navratri, choose your food wisely. Opt for cottage cheese and makhana rather than potato chips or any fried options.
- Since many people observe salt restriction during the fast, do not go overboard with sugar. Replace sugar with jaggery or honey.
- Eat at least 3-4 servings of fruits during Navratri fast as the high fiber will help you stay lean.
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