5 Digestive Issues on Eid-ul-Azha You Should Remember!

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Have you prepared your masalas and chutneys for Eid-ul-Azha? Most of us clean our refrigerators and deep freezers before Eid-ul-Azha to dump the meat of sacrificed animals. But today, while doing all these chores, something clicks in my mind: why do we eat so much meat within few days? Doesn’t it link with digestive issues on Eid-ul-Azha?

For the last 2-3 years, Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated in Pakistan during the monsoon season. Nowadays, most of the cities in Pakistan are facing rain. And Eid-ul-Azha these days means you will face more digestive issues.

It is not the meat of a sacrificed animal that causes digestive diseases and other health issues. Instead, your way of consuming this meat leads to digestive problems on Eid-ul-Azha.

Why You Suffer From Health Problems On Eid-ul-Azha?

The excess of everything is bad. And in the case of meat, if you eat meat more than the recommended amount per day, you will face the consequences. Red meat has a high-fat content. And the sacrificed animals’ meat on Eid-ul-Azha has more fat than the meat we consume on regular days. So, if you eat meals containing a high amount of fats, your cardio-vascular system gets affected.

Similarly, eating only meat without any vegetables, lentils, or salads also affects your digestive system. It may cause heartburn, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, and many other problems.

Adding more spices to our meals during Eid days also worsens the situation. Continuous eating of meals with a high amount of spices affects your digestive system and is also not good for your overall health.

Moreover, the use of soft drinks to digest meaty meals is harmful to your blood sugar levels.

Consumption of unclean and unhygienic meat or anything during Eid days also becomes the reason behind health problems.

What Are the Health Problems Faced On Eid-ul-Azha?

The most common health problems faced by the majority of people on Eid-ul-Azha are;

  • Gastroenteritis or known as Gastro
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn and acidity
  • Increased Blood pressure
  • Abnormalities in Lipid Profile
  • Increased Blood Sugar Levels
  • Cardio-vascular problems like Angina pectoris

Hospital emergencies are flooded with patients, usually with gastro and diarrhoea complaints. And during monsoon, these health problems become more widespread among the population.

Digestive Issues on Eid-ul-Azha:

Among all the health problems, digestive issues are the most common ones on Eid-ul-Azha. This is because, as we drastically change our eating habits these days, our digestive system can’t tolerate these changes quickly.

If you consume an average amount of meat on Eid-ul-Azha with other food items like whole-wheat bread, lentils, fresh salads, and fruits, the chances of getting digestive problems become significantly less.

Similarly, if you break your meat containing meals and consume some light vegetables or lentils, you can easily enjoy your Eid days and meat.

Some of the critical digestive issues on Eid-ul-Azha is;

1. Gastroenteritis:

Gastroenteritis/Gastro or stomach flu are the different terms used for the condition in which you suffer from severe abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, etc.

There are many causes of gastroenteritis. You may get this due to viruses, bacteria, or parasites.

On Eid-ul-Azha, you may suffer from this condition if you consume unhygienic meat or water. During monsoon, the cases of gastroenteritis also increase.

2. Heartburn and Acidity:

As you eat more fat and protein-containing meals on Eid-ul-Azha, the acid production in your stomach also increases. This leads to heartburn and acidity in your stomach.

To avoid this problem, you can consume meat in less amount with fresh salads. And drink green tea or ginger tea after your meals to digest your food properly.

You can also reduce the number of spices in your foods to avoid this condition.

3. Worsening Your Peptic Ulcers:

If you have a history of peptic ulcers, you may face problems related to your digestive system during eid days. As the meals on Eid-ul-Azha only contain fats, a protein with a high level of spices, it increases the acidity in your stomach and may trigger your ulcers.

4. Diarrhoea:

People also suffer from diarrhoea during Eid-ul-Azha days. In this condition, you suffer from loose, watery stools with abdominal cramps.

It is advisable to hydrate yourself properly and rush to the hospital emergency in this condition.

5. Constipation:

As you eat a lot of red meat on Eid-ul-Azha; whether beef, mutton, lamb or camel meat, you may face constipation due to a lack of fibre-containing foods in your meals.

Eating only meat without whole-wheat bread and salads may lead to constipation, bloating, indigestion, etc.

If you don’t want to face all the above mentioned health-related issues, it is advisable to control your meat consumption and maintain hygiene on these Eid days during the monsoon.

Eat fresh veggies, fruits, lentils, along with delicious meat dishes. Try to add less cooking oil and spices to your dishes and drink green tea after your meals.

If you suffer from any health complications during Eid days, you can online consult the best health specialists of Pakistan through Marham.pk. So that you can avoid going out and maintain the social distancing on Eid-ul-Azha.

You can call at Marham helpline: 0311-1222398 to book an appointment with the best health specialists in Pakistan.

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Aiman Usman (Doctor of Pharmacy)
She is a pharmacy graduate and worked as a hospital pharmacist. Her interests are teaching, blogging, and scientific writings. She likes to write about medicines, health issues, health and beauty-related natural remedies, the nutritional value of different foods, and mental health.
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