You don’t want a headache to ruin this day of celebration for you.
The whole excitement of Karva Chauth dampens a bit if you end up falling sick on the day. One of the most common dampeners of this festival fun is a perpetual, pesky headache, that is–more often than not–caused by refraining from all edibles.
The most common causes of these hunger headaches are muscle tension and low blood sugar. Hunger can cause your muscles to tighten up, triggering a tension headache. When your blood sugar drops, your body releases hormones to counter low glucose levels, which can trigger a headache.
But worry not. With Karva Chauth just a few hours away, we tell you just how NOT to get a headache tomorrow.
- It’s no secret that good nutrition is important to avoid headaches. The idea is to have the kind of food in the morning that will sustain you through the day. The answer is protein-rich foods (like pulses, nuts and yoghurt), which often take longer to digest, and hence delay hunger pangs.
- Another way to get through the day is by eating complex carbohydrates in the morning. Complex carbs sustain the level of blood sugar for a longer time. So, load up on cereals, fruits, rice and wholesome bread in your meals, according to Renegade Health.
- One major cause of headaches is dehydration; so drink as much water as you can before the fast begins. One of the most useful safeguards against these headaches is to drink enough water and fluid when not fasting. When the brain detects that the water supply is too low, it produces histamines (compounds released by cells that cause contraction of smooth muscle and dilation of capillaries) to ration and conserve water in case the water shortage continues for a long time. These histamines directly cause pain and fatigue, which is experienced as a headache and lowered levels of energy.
- Those sugar-coated Matthis you get for sargi? Yeah, they’re a big NO-NO. But that’s okay, you’re not the only one making this mistake. Most people make the mistake of eating a sugar-heavy meal early morning, thinking that sugar will sustain them through the day. Instead, suggests Dr Elimam, the sugar is released into the blood too quickly, leaving the body feeling tired when the blood sugar level drops rapidly.
- You know how so many of you run to get the Mehendi done just the night before Karva Chauth? And then you run home late night, get just a few hours of sleep before you’re up early morning again for sargi! Well, that, right there is what’s causing your headaches–sleep deprivation. Simple math–sleep deprivation causes fatigue, which triggers a headache. So, plan in advance and get your Mehendi done in time, so you can at least get 6 hours of sleep before you fast the next day.