Expert-approved tips to maintain a healthy gut this wedding season

Survive the celebrations without affecting your digestion.

Wedding season is a time of joy, celebration, and elaborate feasts—think irrestible chaats, rich main course, sugar-laden desserts and more! While you may have plans to indulge yourself at one wedding after another, your digestive system might just crumble under the pressure of the food onslaught, leading to gut issues including bloating and acidity. If just the thought of it bums you out, make note of these expert tips to keep your gut happy during the wedding festivities.

Mindful eating: Amid the grandeur of weddings, it's easy to get carried away with the lavish spread. But to ensure you enjoy it without affecting your health, begin by adopting a mindful approach to eating. Take time to savour each bite, chew your food well, and be conscious of portion sizes. This practice aids digestion and reduces the chances of bloating.

Stay hydrated: Water is your gut's best friend. Ensure you stay well-hydrated throughout the celebrations. Sipping on water not only aids digestion but also helps flush out toxins, reducing the likelihood of acidity. Start your day with a warm cup of water and lemon to kickstart your metabolism. You could also consider infusing water with mint or cucumber for a refreshing twist.

Probiotics for the win: Incorporate probiotics into your daily routine. These friendly bacteria promote a healthy gut environment and aid in digestion. Yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi are excellent sources of probiotics. Including these in your diet can help maintain gut balance and alleviate bloating.

Limit trigger foods: Be mindful of trigger foods. Identify foods that commonly cause bloating and acidity for you such as spicy or greasy dishes. Limit your intake, especially during wedding feasts, to prevent digestive discomfort.

Plan for balance: Don't deprive yourself of celebratory delights, but plan for balance. Include fiber-rich foods like vegetables and whole grains to support digestion alongside your festive treats.

The power of herbs: Embrace the digestive benefits of herbs like ginger and fennel. Consider sipping on ginger tea or chewing fennel seeds post meals to alleviate bloating and acidity. Or sip on soothing herbal teas that can help ease digestion and alleviate acidity. Ginger, peppermint, and chamomile teas are known for their digestive properties. Enjoy a cup after meals to calm your stomach and reduce the chances of bloating.

Light exercise: Don't forget to move! Light exercises, such as a post-meal stroll, can aid digestion and prevent bloating. Incorporating gentle movement into your routine can make a significant difference, even if it is just a 20-minute post-meal walk. 

A healthy gut is the foundation of overall well-being. By incorporating these simple tricks, you can enjoy the wedding season without compromising your digestive health. 

Inputs by Dr. Rohini Patil, MBBS & Nutritionist Founder Of Nutracy Lifestyle, Eshanka Wahi, Culinary Nutritionist, Holistic Wellness Coach and The Founder of Eat Clean with Eshanka, and Dr. Archana Batra, a Dietician, and Certified Diabetes Educator