On this festive season, much is done to accommodate ourselves so we can enjoy these holidays to the fullest. But many among those suffer a certain change in health and circumstances that shove the happy hours right through the window.
Meeting with Dr. Zeeshan Khan, Specialist Internal Medicine, Medeor 24X7 Hospital, we had tons of questions to ask him.
How do you feel about these holidays?
Time for extra naps! (laughs) But connected with my profession, I don’t get time for those. You see, even while many are having the best times of their lives, there are still many who suffer from over-indulging in the season’s festivities.
How could happy holidays affect us so?
This season comes with events planned and lots and lots of food and beverages to go with it. At the hospital, we get a stream of patients during and immediately after the holidays, all getting majorly affected by the kinds of food and its consistency in the routine. When we are not habitual of eating foods loaded with sugar and fats and spices in our daily routine, a sudden shift as this, and for a few days at a time, disturbs our digestion, leading to bloating and stomach upsets, resulting in flatulence and diarrhea. Overindulgence can also result in acute gastritis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach.
How to stay safe of a bad stomach?
Well, it is easy. Over-eating, foods high in sugar and fats shall be avoided to keep the sugar level in your body from exceeding, along with over-indulgence in beverages, which could cause de-hydration. Heading for an event, try to take some soup or snack before leaving, to keep your hunger pangs at bay and keeping you safe from over-eating. And yes, take grilled vegetables and lean meat, while avoiding rich dairy products, and doing some exercise would be the best plan for happier holidays.
A first aid tip?
Ah, yes. Although the idea of all these is to prevent the need of any such medication. But in the case of minor upsets or headaches, taking an antacid or mild anti-inflammatory medicine is a simple solution.
A final word for us (including you)?
Ah ah ah. A doctor is never too cautious when it comes to health. But if your good health retains, you will see many more Christmases than you might have planned. So, a healthy body enjoys far longer and happier days. Happy Holidays!