How to Stay Healthy in India – Tips on How to Avoid the Delhi Belly
When travelling to India you should seriously think about:
- your packing list (especially for women) — I don´t want you to learn it the hard way!
- how to stay healthy
- how to be safe
Why is there such a big focus on staying healthy and how to do it
First of all. India is beautiful and colorful, but dirty too. Even people from India struggle with their health.
1. Do not use the water from the tap while brushing your teeth
Use it for taking a shower, washing your face and your hair but do not brush or clean your toothbrush with the water. Use always filtered and bottled water or purify it. When you buy it be sure it is closed well and the best thing is if there is plastic around the top.
2. Don´t drink or eat anything with ice cubes in it
My friend Heike and I were really careful while travelling around India to avoid ice cubes and all the other things you should avoid. But then, one evening we were at a fancy hotel. After having our dinner we went to the bar and ordered a cocktail. The whole effort on staying healthy was gone (…it went literally down the toilet…).
3. Don´t eat salad or fruit without a peel
You might think it´s healty to eat salad and fruits and yes, it is. But not in India. They wash it with the water from the tap and our stomach is just not used to this water.
If you want to eat fruit stay with fruit that has a peel like bananas, oranges, water melon,…
4. Don´t eat at a market
Stay and eat where other Western travellers eat. If you really want to try anything else be sure the food is cooked very well.
5. Take anti bacterial handwipes and/or a spray with you
Clean your hands after going to a bathroom, before eating and drinking and anytime you feel uncomfortable. I don´t use those handwipes at home but in India it was definitely a great idea to bring them with me.
6. Drink Alcohol in the Morning
I am not sure about this suggestion if it really works. We drank every morning a rum-coke (how gross!) to kill the bacteria. It helped but after having a cocktail I could drink as much rum-coke as I wanted. It was too late…
Delhi Belly – What to do?
If you are travelling and can´t stay in bed take lots of toilet paper with you. Being at the Taj Mahal and pleading for more toilet paper is not fun – it´s horrible.
It´s great to have medicine from home with you but I can tell you it won´t help you. You need to get medicine from India. It is a lot stronger than our medicine. If you buy it don´t forget to buy hydralytes.
When you´re at home again help your immune system by for example eating yogurt. The best thing to do is see your doctor and ask for advice. Your body will thank you.
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