How to Ward off Chuseok Health Hazards

  • By Kim Chul-joong

    September 18, 2021 08:45

    The Chuseok holiday can become a nightmare for those with digestive problems as dish after delicious dish is set before them.

    Traditional Chuseok meals are heavy on meat and fat, and gorging on them often leads to indigestion. Lots of oily food can weaken the stomach's digestive ability, so it takes longer to do its job.

    In emergency rooms all over the country, admissions with enteritis or intestinal inflammation triple over the holiday season.

    But there are really no short cuts. The best solution is to cut down on the cooking oil and steam or parboil food instead of frying it.

    Diabetics and people with other chronic illnesses such as heart disease often end up in hospital over Chuseok as they let their guard down over mouth-watering festive foods. The best prevention is to eat moderately and have digestive medicine on hand. Drinking lots of lukewarm water can also help ease light cases of diarrhea.

    Other traditions can also be a hazard. If you get stung by bees or wasps while cleaning up ancestral graves, look for the sting lodged in your skin and use a name card or credit card to remove it and pour water over the wound. Do not rub the stung area and visit a hospital if the swelling and pain are severe. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when doing the cleaning to fend off fleas and ticks.

    During the long drive to the ancestral hometown, another risk is dozing off. A car moving 90 km/h can travel 50 to 70 m by itself if the person behind the wheel dozes off for just two to three seconds.

    People who usually feel drowsy after meals should avoid driving in the early morning and between 2 to 5 p.m. And it helps to pull over at a rest stop after every hour or two of driving to stretch your limbs. In order to avoid back pain from driving long distances, place your waist firmly against the seat.

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