How to avoid common infections in India…. Tips for Expats
—By Taranjeet Kaur, metabolic balance® coach at AktivOrtho™
An undeniable concern for expats landing in India is about getting infections. Becoming sick is easy for them as a sudden and abrupt change in climate, soil, food, water and people can play havoc with their health. To avoid infections, expats need to be aware and be guided about some common precautions while visiting India. Having a little pre-knowledge and information about the country coupled with doctor’s tips can safely keep diseases at bay.
Precautions to follow:
- Maintain personal hygiene: Wash hands before meals. Use hand sanitizer.
- Water: The most common source of dietary problems while travelling is drinking water including ice. Drink water from sealed bottles or water that has been disinfected. Prefer pasteurized milk and milk products, hot tea or coffee.
Do not drink tap water or ice made with it and avoid reconstituted juices.
- Food: To reduce dietary troubles through food, take care of the following:
a) Eat food that is cooked and served hot. Freshly-cooked foods are less likely to acquire airborne contaminants. Do not eat food served at room temperature.
b) Eat fruits and raw vegetables washed in clean water with a sterile, vegetable wash product or peeled by self. Do not consume cut-fruits and raw salad from outside.
c) In case you wish to eat eggs, eat hard-cooked ones. Do not eat raw or soft-cooked eggs.
d) Do not eat food from street vendors and do not share food from colleagues as their tolerance level is higher than yours.
- Avoid over-crowded places to prevent communicable diseases such as cold, cough and viral infections.
- Be careful too with your ac settings and positioning of the ac that you are not in a draft which may trigger a cough or at worst, bronchitis.
- Check on vaccinations. Expats should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while travelling. You should also get the vaccines and medicines which are specific to India before you start your journey.
Keep your immune system strong!
Besides these points, we recommend that expats follow a healthy lifestyle with good eating habits in order to have a strong immune system and to manage their weight effectively – all those delicious ghee-laden chapatis and curries can take their toll.
metabolic balance®is a German developed,all-natural nutrition program that uses the right combination of foods bringing balance to hormones and blocking the production of inflammation-activating hormones. It also produces more hormones that protect us from inflammation and strengthens our immune system, resulting in successful long-term weight management.
metabolic balance® is backed by over 25 years of scientific research by German Physicians and Nutritionists. There are no prescribed injections, pills, shakes, or proprietary foods. The program also helps to control other medical conditions such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes etc.
Exercise keeps you fit
Along with effective nutrition, performing correct and regular exercise is a must to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Living in the metro cities, going for a morning walk is not so feasible due to a) public parks being somewhat unsafe especially for women walking alone and b) the unevenness of footpaths or a complete absence of same. Do make sure to cover yourself well with insect protection and sun-deflective clothing. Since too much sun exposure (watch your Vitamin D levels!) can lead to de-hydration and over-heating, a well-built and safe medical fitness facility is a good option for expats to do their exercise program in an air-conditioned and medically-supervised environment.
AktivOrtho™ has advanced and international exercise/rehabilitation equipment, medical experts and physiotherapists to take care of your health needs. We also offer various health condition-specific programs such as osteoporosis, pre-post natal care, back pain treatment as well as preventive therapy. Regular training programs are available for expats addressing a wide range of health conditions.
Travel safe! Travel healthy! Get Aktiv!
AktivOrtho™ is India’s first-of-its kind to offer western standard, comprehensive medical rehabilitation including orthopaedic, gynaecological and neurological care as well as pain management, sports medicine and weight management programs. For more information, go to www.aktivortho.com or call 011 47307700.