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going for a long trip to India, any suggestions how to minimize the chance of diarhea sickness?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I am going to India for two months. Since I am from Europe I am not adapted to indian environment and its germs, so I will be more susceptible to any sickness or poisoning - people who have already visited India know what I am talking about. Any ideas what can I do to minimize the chances of getting diarhea or whatever? I am not talking about being obsessively hygienc. Rather I would like to somehow accelerate the process of adaptation and augment my immune system. Like drinking lassi ( local yogurt drink ) or taking probiotics? Thanks in advance!

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I"ve never had any issues with killing the good bacteria with taking oil of oregano, actually the opposite. I have had a history with candidia and this is one of the things that helped get that under control.

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on October 04, 2012
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Yay for killing all your gut bacteria that are supposed to be protecting your from infection by swallowing oil of oregano!

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at 09:04 PM

you can't get vaccinations for everything, my friend who went there 3 times took all the necessary ones and still had diarhea issues

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on October 03, 2012
at 08:59 PM

A guy I know got some kind of bad virus/infection by swallowing shower water in a five-star hotel in India. I forgot what the disease is called, but once it is in your system, you cannot get rid of it.

Another guy I know had a shot of vodka with every meal. He said it kills germs. I am not sure about the germs, but he did not get sick (besides some liver damage probably).

Actually, I know quite a few people who went to India and did not get sick.

Somebody told me that a rule of thumb is try to avoid fresh cut vegetables, rinse fruit with bottled water and eat as much hot stuff as you can. Again, I cannot claim this is true - this is just what I heard from others. Bottled water galore.

I think you better check with your doctor for vaccination. And if you develop diarrhea you have to keep yourself hydrated by drinking a special solution. Buy a pack to dissolve from your pharmacy and bring it with you just in case.

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on October 03, 2012
at 10:49 PM

I went to India a couple of years ago, and I'm going back again in a few weeks. One trick I used was to order roti bread and use that to scoop up curries instead of using cutlery, which might have been washed using dirty water. Be careful with the local lassi - I didn't get sick from it, but others on my tour did.

I'll be taking a shelf stable pro-biotic with me this time, but I think the decisions you make about what food to eat and how will be a much bigger factor in getting the 'squirts' than any pill/pro-biotic regime you've been doing before hand. Make sure the food you eat has been thoroughly cooked, even better if you can see it being cooked in front of you.

I also recommend taking some easy to pack emergency food with you - I did that last time and it was a lifesaver for situations where you're stuck somewhere and the food options don't look great. Last time I took muesli bars (pre-Paleo) but this time I'm taking some grass-fed beef jerky.

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Some good things to bring: probiotics (the ones marketed for travelers), charcoal (in case you eat something off), re hydration crystals (from the pharmacy), vitamin C (in case you get an infection), tumeric (bring down any inflammation, but you might be getting plenty of that from curries!), and learn a bit about the medical system in the area you are staying, so that if you get sick you don't have to feel awful for days while you try and navigate it.

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on October 03, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Yeah, get some vaccinations or diarhea will be the last of your problems.

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on October 03, 2012
at 09:04 PM

you can't get vaccinations for everything, my friend who went there 3 times took all the necessary ones and still had diarhea issues

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on October 04, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Unfortunately, I think "obsessively hygienic" is the way to go. You can coat your digestive tract with first-world probiotics all you want, but they're no match for the microorganisms you could (and probably will) encounter in India. Instead of shopping for yogurt, use that time to read up on all the sneaky ways that travelers have gotten in trouble in the past--for example, swallowing hotel shower water or eating unclean clams, as posters above mentioned.

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on October 04, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Avoid eating anything with a stomach. Brush your teeth with bottled water. My husband and I went there (I was born in India, he's American) and he got horrible diarrhea from eating clams. We had avoided local water. He lost twenty pounds in three weeks. Not fun.

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on October 05, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Go easy on the herbs and spices lol. Take a high quality probiotic when you get there.

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on October 05, 2012
at 03:14 AM

...also, be careful of the "just this one taste won't hurt" thinking. Pushing food is a favorite activity there. (I know because my mother did it all the time!) It's just a cultural thing - they don't mean any harm but it's not considered polite to refuse food of any sort, so if you're going to hang out with locals, practice saying no nicely or you will get sick.

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on October 03, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I'd take Oil of Oregano with you..... I"ve been using it for years and it is my go to for lots of things. It's STRONG!!! Put 1 - 2 drops under your tongue and drink a large glass of water.

http://www.homeremediesweb.com/oil_of_oregano_health_benefits.php

Some of the specific benefits of Oil of Oregano are:

Destroying organisms that contribute to skin infections and digestive problems. Strengthening the immune system. Increasing joint and muscle flexibility. Improving respiratory health. Uses of Oil of Oregano

Skin Infections Oil of Oregano can be applied directly onto the skin to treat itches, skin infections, and irritated gums, but only if it has been diluted. Always follow the instructions on your particular bottle before applying topically onto the skin, since highly concentrated oils may first need to be mixed with Olive Oil or Coconut Oil before application (usually one teaspoon of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil per one drop of Oil of Oregano).

Digestive Problems The high concentrations of thymol and carvacrol in Oil of Oregano have been shown to calm upset stomachs and aid digestion. Therefore, a quick home remedy for mild indigestion is to drink a glass of milk or juice that is mixed with 2 or 3 drops of the oil. ( I would NOT drink this with milk.....eeewww that would just be nasty!!)

61ea4896b1ef898345051dcfadd70073

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on October 04, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I"ve never had any issues with killing the good bacteria with taking oil of oregano, actually the opposite. I have had a history with candidia and this is one of the things that helped get that under control.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 04, 2012
at 01:08 PM

Yay for killing all your gut bacteria that are supposed to be protecting your from infection by swallowing oil of oregano!

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