Diwali the festival of lights and celebrations is almost here! Diwali is the time of gatherings and feasting with family and friends. However it is important to keep your health in mind and celebrate wisely. This is especially important for people suffering from diabetes, heart disease, hypertension or other existing health conditions. Additionally, amidst the joy and festivities, it’s crucial to address the pressing concerns of rising pollution levels and delve into mindful celebrations for optimal health during diwali and after the festival.
The gleaming lights and crackling fireworks bring not only merriment but also an upsurge in air pollutants. Recognizing the potential hazards of this, it’s imperative to make the right choices to ensure a healthier and safe Diwali for everyone. Year after year, Diwali unfurls a distressing tale of escalating pollution levels. The air quality index (AQI) takes a nosedive due to the bursting of firecrackers, releasing an array of harmful gases and particulate matter. This surge in pollutants poses severe health risks, especially to those already vulnerable, such as individuals with respiratory issues, children, pregnant women and the elderly.
Impact of Air Pollution
Crackers contain substances like sulfur, nitrates, and metal salts, which upon combustion; result in the emission of gases such as NOX, CO, SO2, and harmful particles like PM2.5, PM10, and ultrafine particles. These pollutants can cause irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat, exacerbate conditions like asthma, COPD, and pneumonia, and significantly impact lung development, particularly in children. Long-term exposure may lead to respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular abnormalities, reduced immunity, and even life-threatening conditions like cancer.
Tips for a Healthy Diwali
Protecting the health of your family and you is in your hands. Here are some expert recommended tips to celebrate a healthy and safe Diwali:
- Engage in regular exercise for at least 30 minutes daily to maintain overall health and balance weight gain.
- Stay well-hydrated with ample of water and refreshing beverages to flush out toxins.
- Enjoy traditional delicacies in moderation, focusing on a balanced diet rich in dietary fiber and proteins.
- Start your meal with a protein option as it helps in better satiety.
- Foods rich in dietary fiber should occupy the majority of your plate.
- Avoid overeating calorie-rich foods as it may lead to acidity.
- Avoid having any fizzy drinks or other sugar laden drinks. This will not only add unnecessary sugar, it will also interfere in digestion of heavy meals.
- Choose baked or steamed foods instead of fried foods.
- Avoid processed sweets and desserts.
- Incorporate immune-boosting foods rich in vitamin C, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
- Eat something healthy at home before heading out for a party. This will ensure limited food intake.
- Avoid alcohol intake as it dehydrates you and is harmful for your overall health.
- Always limit your intake when eating a mithaai such as laddoo, barfi, or another sweet made with refined sugar.
- Choose homemade sweets prepared using dry fruits, dates, jaggery,etc.
- Ensure that you get a good night’s sleep
- Children must be under strict supervision while around fire.
- Avoid bursting crackers and encourage others to follow the same.
- Always carry a face mask when venturing outside to shield yourself from pollutants.
- Opt for gentle skincare routines, remove your make-up before bedtime and keep your skin clean.
Embracing a health-conscious approach to Diwali not only ensures a safer and more enjoyable celebration but also contributes to the well-being of all. Let’s light up our lives while safeguarding our health this Diwali. Wishing everyone a safe, joyful, and healthy Festival of Lights! The team at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai is always available for any kind of medical requirements on all festive days. Reach out to our team at the below link: https://www.kokilabenhospital.com