Fit and Healthy in Nepal
What comes first? A healthy
mind or a healthy body? Just like the other unanswered question
- which came first, the chicken or the egg??
A healthy mind promotes a healthy body and vice versa. There are
some who think that it’s all in the mind. A mind can make
a healthy body sick or a sick body perfectly fit and fine. Basically,
we need both, a healthy mind and a healthy body just like we don’t
care which came first, the chicken or the egg as long as we get
to eat the chicken drumstick and boiled eggs.
To stay fit and healthy in Nepal, one needs to
have a strong mind to keep oneself healthy physically and some regular
medicines handy. The best way is to travel with a first aid kit
with different medicines for headache, cold, stomachache, allergy,
pain killers, thermometer, band-aids, and other regular prescriptions.
Like our mind feels strange for a couple of days
in a new place, our body also feels the same. Our body and mind
both need to get acclimatized in a new place for which it will take
a couple of days so one has to be more careful about what one eats,
especially the water.
The water available in Nepal is regarded to be
infected, unsafe and impure, not only to the tourists but the local
people as well. Purified water which is known as mineral water is
available in the shops and hotels. Most of the restaurants serve
filtered and boiled drinkable water but it is always better to ask
the quality of water before drinking it. The water in the rivers
and streams of Nepal is also contaminated. The water that is boiled
for ten minutes is considered drinkable so tea, coffee and other
drinks are safe for drinking. Some people purify the water by using
the iodine tablets. Never get tempted to drink water directly from
Like water, food should also be taken into consideration
when it comes to health so it is highly advised to hop into only
that offer hygienic food. Of course, the restaurant wont carry the
tag “hygiene” but even then you can make out by the
environment and if not use your sixth sense. It’s again the
same game of your mind. So don’t eat at such places where
your intuition stops you from eating. That could be just a psychology
but it does come out true. The food choice from one country to another
is different. The staple food in Nepal is dal,
and achar: lentil soup, rice, curry and pickle. Although
most of the Nepali cuisines are not very spicy, it could still be
hot for some. And if you are too tempted to try Nepali dishes, you
may place your order for the same dish with lesser spice. Avoid
uncooked and undercooked food.
The air of Kathmandu is also polluted and not
very safe to breathe in fresh air so it is not recommended for morning
walks or jogs. If you need exercise in Kathmandu, the best way is
to head to the gymnasiums located inside the star rated hotels
or other total fitness centers. But if you are in Nepal for the
purpose of trekking, then you will get plenty of exercise and a
bonus, that is better air in those high altitude trekking
Some other possible
Diarrhea: This is one of the common problems in Nepal but one does
not need to panic at the sight of the loose stool. Drink plenty
of water and other liquids. You should be fine within few days and
if not, please consult with the doctor.
During summer while trekking, sweating is quite normal but it is
important to restore the lost fluids by drinking plenty of liquids.
Dehydration drains the energy out of the body making it feel weak,
tired and lethargic and sometimes with bouts of headaches too and
the best way to deal with it is to drink plenty of water and other
fluids without getting thirsty.
While ascending from low level to high altitude areas in Nepal,
a trekker might feel shortness of breath with the heart pounding
in the lack of oxygen in the air. This sort of condition is called
acute mountain sickness that ends up with the feeling of tiredness,
loss of appetite, headache, sleeplessness, frequent nausea and vomiting.
The best way to overcome this sickness is by taking enough rest
and drinking plenty of liquids. And to prevent the sickness, every
trekker should take a rest between the treks and get oneself acclimatized
with the rising altitude and if the condition is very bad, descend
immediately towards the comfortable altitude.
It is regarded to be the outcome of contaminated food but it is
strange sometimes when a group of people eat the same food but one
or two are the victims of it. So you can get food poisoning anytime,
anywhere due to any reason but even then, avoid food that looks
unpalatable to you. One can recover from food poising within 24
hours after the body ejects all the food, it rids itself from the
poison too. Drink plenty of fluids and take rest.
Cold and Cough:
While trekking in high altitude areas for a log time, you can get
a running nose and mild cough, the symptoms of cold due to breathing
excess of dry cold air. The regular cough tablets can help to treat
the problem with plenty of hot soup including warm water.
Walking or trekking for a longer period of time ends up with blisters
in your feet which can be quite painful. The best way to avoid blister
is to keep your feet as dry as possible by using clean and fresh
powdered socks and comfortable shoes. You may apply powder to your
feet occasionally on your mission.
The ultraviolet rays from the sun in high altitude places can be
very powerful. While trekking, it is always good to wear a protective
sun hat with sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses. As the air in those
areas is also very dry and windy, the sunscreen lotion helps the
skin to be less itchy. Any other lotion can be used to protect the
skin and lips from getting cracked and chapped.
Prevention is always better than cure but sometimes
the preventive measures are just beyond our control. For such circumstances,
it is always recommended to take medical insurance, especially medical
evacuation insurance before traveling to Nepal. In case of emergency
medical need, this kind of insurance will definitely helps to save
lots of money and ease your tensions. Please read more about Medical
Matters in Nepal.
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