Going to India - any advice?

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AshNH
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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I am thinking of going to India for a four weeks vacation. Any advice on what to eat/avoid would be appreciated. I plan on drinking bottled water(although that's not always purified either) and drinking plenty of coconut water. Anything else to watch out for? I have an appointment with my GI tomorrow and may not decide to go, if he recommends against it. Thanks.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Diagnosed with UC July 06 (I think 6/6/6) during 10 day hospitalization
Current meds: Asacol 12, Imuran 150mg
Centrum Silver, Primadophilus Reuteri, DHA-Omega 3, L-glutamine


Beth75
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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
when away in the carribbean, I will only eat cooked food, nothing uncooked such as salad (it's not washed in purified water) brush your teeth with pure water etc. fruits are ok, just need to peel them, also ice is not purified either, so no ice in your drinks. that's pretty much all my advice and bring kaopectate.

sounds like a great adventure, I hope you are able to go!
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


expecting226
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Any time I travel abroad, I follow these rules:

- Don't drink anything that isn't straight out of a bottle that you open yourself - wine, cola products, water.
- No ice (as Beth mentions above)
- Only eat cooked food (as Beth mentions above)
- Only eat fruit that you peel yourself (i.e. Bananas)
- Brush my teeth with bottled water (as Beth mentions above)
- Use hand sanitizer ALL DAY LONG
- Only eat at upscale restaurants (I don't mean to sound like a snob here, but you have less of a chance of getting a foodborne illness at a higher quality of restaurant. You don't have to spend a ton of money... just look for the more touristy eateries. I NEVER eat off street food carts when I am in another country.)
- Bring plenty of Pepto Bismol. It works wonders with travelers diarrhea!
- And, of course, continue to take your medications religiously!

I have never had a problem while traveling, so I swear by these tips. I hope they work for you!
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


mudua
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   Posted 1/14/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi AshNH

I doctor who is of Indian origin says that the water from fresh coconuts sold on the streets of India has a calming effect on the colon

AshNH
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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Great. Thanks, all. I think this will be my first trip out of the country since UC.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Diagnosed with UC July 06 (I think 6/6/6) during 10 day hospitalization
Current meds: Asacol 12, Imuran 150mg
Centrum Silver, Primadophilus Reuteri, DHA-Omega 3, L-glutamine


PV
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   Posted 1/14/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband and I just returned from a 5 and a half week long trip to India, which we both survived without incident. In India, we went to Chennai, Madurai, Rameswaram, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bangalore and Mysore. This is what we did to stay healthy:
* Only purified water (my parents had a Kent Water Purifier with Reverse Osmosis and UV filtration), and on the road we relied on bottled water (well known brands such as Aquafina, Team, and Kinley)
* Brushed teeth with only purified water
* Ate at restaurants that were well frequented by the locals (so that you always got fresh hot food).
* Insisted that the food we ate was steaming hot.
* Wiped down all the plates and silverware etc. before eating
* Ate plenty of the local yogurt (and take a lot of probiotics - we took VSL3)
* Made sure not to eat anything uncooked (even as a garnish on cooked food)
* Did not drink any fruit juices at restaurants / roadside stalls
* Did not eat fruits that we did not clean or peel
* Did not consume any ice that we don't know if the water was purified
* Carried hand sanitizer, plus baby wipes (very very useful)
* Washed hands frequently
* Stuck to a vegetarian diet of lentils and rice, etc

This really worked well for us. Also, be sure to take plenty of meds with you before you leave. I hope you too have a healthy trip to India. Where in India are you visiting?

PV
Husband with Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2003, 1st Flareup after diagnosis Apr 2006
Currently in Remission
Nightly 1000mg time release Canasa
Even though he has no symptoms, he's on VSL # 3 (1 packet daily) for prevention
Was on the SCD, but we stopped after 4 months of no symptoms - he's doing fine on a normal diet


AshNH
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   Posted 1/16/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, PV. We are from Gujarat, so will be visiting there. Also thinking of going to Kerala, Mumbai in the south. And perhaps Goa, if time allows. May also do Agra, Delhi, etc. Just a touristy type of trip, I am hoping. But things, schedule always change when I get there..

I am glad you guys had a good trip!
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Diagnosed with UC July 06 (I think 6/6/6) during 10 day hospitalization
Current meds: Asacol 12, Imuran 150mg
Centrum Silver, Primadophilus Reuteri, DHA-Omega 3, L-glutamine


MisKay
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I read that tumerac (main spice in curry) is good for the colon.

Look it up!

blessteve
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   Posted 1/16/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
At all cost avoid the KING COBRA.
Thier bite can KILL.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4 twice a day.
Pred for flares. I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!
vitamins-veggie juice-wheat grass juice--fish oil
Started 1/01/08
Freindly bacteria:raw milk-kefir made with raw milk--natto--probiotic
Antifungus:Caprylicacid, Pau D Arco, Black walnut hull, Oregano oil
Anti inflammatory:fish oil  1/15/08 started Turmeric
1/10/08 Started healthy diet again.
 

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