Health Risks due to Navratri

Updated at: Oct 18, 2012
Health Risks due to Navratri

People seldom think about health risks due to Navratri but it is essential to be aware of the health risks that can arise during Navratri festivity. Overeating can result in weight gain and can even raise complications in the people with underlyin

Bushra Kafeel
Festival FeverWritten by: Bushra KafeelPublished at: Oct 02, 2011

Girl with an appleNavratri, a nine night festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. Most of the believers fast for spiritual and physical cleansing and detoxification of the body. These fasts are seen to have several benefits but there are some related health risks as well.


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People who are more prone to health risks due to Navrati include the following:


  • Diabetics and the patients of hypertension.
  • People who have recently undergone any surgery.
  • Patients of bulimia or anorexia.
  • If you are anaemic.
  • Individuals with chronic health problems related to any of the vital organs such as heart, kidneys, lungs or liver.
  • A person with hyperglycemia or any other blood sugar problems.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Lactating women.


The typical foods of Navratra are of high calorie. For instance, fried potatoes, sabudana papad, kheer, sabudana ki tikki, pakodas are all fattening. Since the duration of navratras is quite long there can be health risks due to navratri food. They may result in increasing weight and can even add to complications in people with problems such as diabetes and hypertension.


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  • Diabetics and the people with high blood sugar level must be very careful during navratras. They must avoid both the overindulgence in festive food as well as fasting. If they wish to go for fasting then it is not advisable to take long breaks in fact they must take some food after short durations i.e. every few hours. By doing so the blood glucose levels doesn’t go up. The foods that can be consumed by diabetics during navratras include kuttu (buckwheat), bottle gourd (lauki), pumkin (kaddu) and vegetables. Papaya, apples, citrus fruit, skimmed milk, berries, pears and almonds can be taken at regular intervals.
  • The people with hypertension must keep check on the intake of salt in festive food.
  • If you are more prone to acidity and heartburn problems you must avoid staying empty stomach for long hours. Take mini meals at regular interval. Banana, curd and cold skimmed milk can be taken as an effective antidote for countering acidity.


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Even though navratras is time for indulging in variety of foods but it is advised to keep a health check. The person on fast  on navratri must take healthy food that is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and proteins.


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