Hello Students and Parents,
As we are sure you are well aware that staying healthy in Nepal will require more vigilance than in the US, we would like to provide you with some thoughts on staying healthy this fall in Nepal. We will be sharing all that we know with you when you arrive in Nepal (before you inadvertently go to drink water from the tap- or even brush your teeth with it) but there are a few preventative medicines/supplements you may want to consider bringing with you to give your system a boost and to reduce the chances of getting sick. In saying that, we want to emphasize that you know your body best and your body’s needs. Please note that these are only suggestions and you are not required to bring any of this with you. We carry an extensive first aid kit so it is not necessary to bring any over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen. Also please keep in mind that we will be collecting all of your prescription medications. We do provide a diet over the course of the semester that we think is well-rounded and ample. The diet in Nepal consists primarily of vegetables (tarkari), rice (bhat); lentils (daal) and occasional meat (maasu) and will most likely meet all of your dietary needs. Not to mention it is delicious, all natural and often grown right where you are eating it, meaning it is very local!
Here are a few suggestions…
Anti-bacterial gel to keep your hands clean
Vitamin C – you may want to consider taking this as a supplement before you board your flight
Echinacea or Airborne to fight off colds
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)- acts like a natural antibiotic (nutribiotic)
Charcoal acts to absorb bacteria and toxins in the intestines
As mentioned above, we do our best to provide the healthiest food possible, but in some areas such as the village stay and trek the nutritional content can be low and so you may want to consider bringing vitamin supplements and/or superfood powder.
These are some of the supplements we travel with and have found beneficial. Anything which promotes a healthy immune system or works as a dietary supplement is great. There is a huge range of options available and we encourage you to learn more about what might make most sense for you.
Additionally, you could bring 1-3 paper face masks – with an N95 rating – to use while walking around Kathmandu, if you think you may be sensitive to dust and pollution. Some instructors and students in the past have found them handy. You can buy these at a home improvement store in the US (like Home Depot).
Once you arrive in country, we look forward to having a more extended conversation about staying healthy in a new country – we have tons of tips and tricks to share