During Eid, chicken and meat are the main stars for a couple of days. Rendang and chicken opor are two food icons of Eid, especially in Indonesia. Little did we know that overeating chicken and meat and not to mention the fat and grease contained in the foods cause problems to our body. Digestive issues and fatigue usually become a disease that always comes during Eid, and amid COVID-19 conditions, fatigue is certain to decrease, but not with digestive problems. 


Digestion is the process by which our food is broken down into a form that can be absorbed into the blood system and carried to cells throughout the body to provide nourishment and energy. All other health functions can be undermined if you don't digest, absorb, and eliminate your food. Poor digestion can trigger everything from autoimmune diseases, mood swings, tiredness, nausea, and so on. 


We've been hearing about protecting our immune system to ensure we are as fit and healthy as possible in a time of the pandemic, but what we're not hearing enough of is how 70% of the body's immune system lives in the digestive tract, meaning keeping digestive health is crucial to your overall well-being. Foods with high fat such as chicken opor and rendang, if eaten excessively, can provoke digestive problems and even diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol that arise from excessive consumption of meat. 


We need to limit the amount of water/beverages you drink with your meal because it actively washes away digestive enzymes. Also, having the least amount of different food on your plate will help towards the best digestion, as the body is not designed to digest more than one type of food in the stomach at a time, nor can it manufacture all the necessary enzymes simultaneously. A lack of a healthy digestive system can significantly weaken your immune system, which leaves you at risk of bacterial overgrowth, colds, flu, cancer, allergies, and COVID-19 is not an exception. 


Cited from Digest This, In Qatar, on the second day of Eid, approximately 800 people were reported for stomach and digestion problems. This problem is pretty common in the Middle East, especially in the times of Eid and maybe in any other Moslem-majority countries. Somehow we are all distracted by COVID-19 and forget that we need to take care of ourselves from other diseases. Eating green vegetables such as spinach and kale is highly recommended because they will not interfere with digestion, it is quite advisable to eat raw vegetables and fruit. It's a great way to get natural enzymes and nutrients that might otherwise be denatured by heat. 


Maintaining your health must be a top priority, especially in the middle of a pandemic. At times like this, it seems less likely to go to the hospital for treatment, so the best step we can take is preventive action by eating less meat and more fruit and veggies.


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