The exotic and delectable Indian cuisine is famous all over the world for its array of flavors that are rich and unique. Scrumptious to the eyes and a treat for your taste buds, the food is guaranteed to become the highlight of your trip to the South Asian democracy.
Anyone who has been to India will warn you of traveler’s diarrhea, also know locally as ‘Delhi Belly’, but it need not be the case. There are plenty of measures you can take to ensure that you enjoy desi food without getting ill. A few crucial considerations include:
- Street food is alluring but try to avoid it:
When in India, you’re likely to come across sizzling samosas, spicy chaat or sweet jalebi amongst other street food. These will lure you in with their appetizing appearance as well as intoxicating aroma, not to mention the low prices.
However, avoid street food at all costs, even if you see your local friends enjoying a hearty meal. Instead, opt for clean 4 or 5 star restaurants that will offer you delectable samosas, shawarmas and parathas as the street vendors, but you can trust them to be hygienic and safe.
- Avoid tap water and uncooked foods:
The biggest cause of ‘Delhi Belly’ is tap water. Never use tap water for drinking purposes. Instead, always get bottled mineral water when thirsty and steer clear of fresh juices, salads, fruit platters and other uncooked food items that have been rinsed with tap water prior to serving. A good strategy is to stick to freshly cooked foods as the flames kill most bacteria.
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do:
Westerners are used to and crave red meat, however, in India, the cow is considered sacred. So, give the local preferences of vegetables, chicken and fish a try.
India has one of the lowest beef consumption in the world. The beef that is available tends to be unhygienic, and we won’t suggest you eat it. You probably won’t miss meat anyway, because Indians have mastered the art of cooking sans beef and offer an endless array of delicious vegetarian options that are just as good.
- Essential medications to take along
Chances are that you’ll be exposed to new types of bacteria when you’re in India, which may result in an ailment if your immune system isn’t able to fight it. It is for this reason that you should take the following medicines along with you:
- Charcoal tablets since they quickly absorb pathogens and toxins that cause dysentery and diarrhea.
- Probiotics as they increase the level of good bacteria in the stomach to strengthen your immune and digestive systems.
- Herbal supplements such as dandelion root tea, green tea, chamomile tea and pumpkin seeds that facilitate digestion and raise antioxidant levels, thus boosting your immunity.
A trip to India has the potential to be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of your life, so savor every minute of it by taking these critical precautionary measures so you don’t get ill.