With Eid around the corner, people across the nation are preparing to loosen their belts and embark on a journey of unrestrained gastronomical indulgence. But this delicious debauchery could wreak havoc on the body, doctors have warned.

Gluttons can expect to suffer a host of unpleasant side effects like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), dyspepsia (indigestion) and heartburn if they succumb to one too many servings of popular festive treats like harees, biryani, kebab, lamb ouzi or seviyan (sweet vermicelli)

“People love to indulge in sweets and heavy meat dishes after a long fasting period. This binge eating can lead to serious problems in the gastrointestinal tract like reflux and acidity and can also lead to weight gain,” cautions Mukami, nutritionist at Savannah Healthcare Services. Controlling portion sizes and mindful eating can mitigate these health risks.

“Chew the food slowly to ensure a good digestion, watch what you eat and have a reasonable gap of four to five hours between two major meals to help your body recover,” says Mukami.

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