Delhi Belly and or Travelers Diarrhea/Constipation
Boy this is going to be an exciting topic today! Today we get to talk all sorts of gross things; from fixing your shit ;P to making you shit and to prevent shit from going down, quite literally. In today’s blog post you are going to learn about a secret that has been passed down to me from generations of yogis. I climbed the Himalayan Mountains in the dead of winter to seek this answer from them and you are getting it in a blog post. Lucky you!
There are only 3 reasons you are reading this post.
- You are on the toilet shitting your soul out. Pale face and exhausted, praying to God for it to please end.
- You are a friend taking pictures of them on the toilet. However you still want to help them so you need more information to get them up on their feet to travel
- You are a planner and you know at some point on your trip you or someone you know is going to get the shits.
Let us first go over the more common of the two, Delhi Belly.
Firstly you need to make sure that you are having water and you are not dehydrated. If you become dehydrated you are going to get sick and possibly need hospitalization. That sucks so just avoid the doctors and drink your water.
Secondly depending on how bad it is, and how long you have had a river flowing from your bum, you are going to need glucose water or preferably ORS solution. If you have been pooping out a storm you are also going to have low blood sugar. Do not let this fall too low.
There are lots of drugs out there to help you with Delhi Belly. Now before you even go on your trip, I know you are going to be packing a medical kit. In this kit I strongly suggest packing some anti diarrhea pills. You can find them at any store. I use the little blue tablets (not viagra). There is also a liquid form, however most don’t want to travel with more liquids than necessary. You will want these pills when you have an 8 hour bus ride and you can’t reschedule, so just keep them with you.
This trick I got from from Indian mothers. So you know it is legit. You are going to want to eat curd (what Indians call yogurt) and rice. If you want you can add some sugar or salt, personally I am a sugar fan. The curd is going to calm the lining in your intestines and the rice is starchy so it is going to bind your ….. stool….. together…..
There is no way you can truly prevent it. However you can help yourself by eating at clean places. This will be pretty obvious by the look of the shop. I have never had good luck with the juice shops here but that is me, and my body. You may have a different experience. Also anywhere you go they will cook their native dishes better than your countries food, so there is a better chance that the native food will be cleaner. I love a good salad but I do not eat salad from shops here because I don’t know how or even if they cleaned the vegetables. Also India’s version of a salad is chopped onions cabbage and carrots with no dressing. Not exactly what I would call mouth watering, but I will usually have some carrots. When you are at the restaurant you are also going to want to look at the silverware and dishes to make sure they are clean. If they aren’t they will provide you a new plate.
In all seriousness Delhi Belly and Travelers constipation are completely normal to face, especially when traveling to India or any other country. This may sound crazy but I have never experienced full blown Delhi Belly, only little spurts, if we shall say. My main and biggest problem has been constipation. I’m sure you have heard the saying that girls don’t poop, well I actually couldn’t. I have lived in Delhi for about a year I have had consistent constipation problems. So now, I am what I call a constipation prevention specialist.
So you have been trying to go to the bathroom now for days or possibly a week. If you haven’t pooped in 2 weeks go to a doctor right now! It’s frustrating I know. The emotional annoyance is almost as bad as symptoms, cramps, bloating, nausea, throwing up. In your medical kit you are going to need Dulceflex. This will relieve you in 6-8 hours. When it hits you, it is going to be painful, sweaty, and almost nauseating. I had to have a stool next to me to lay my head down on in between the painful spurts. Don’t have anything planned for yourself for the next 16 hours after you take this.
You are not going to want to do this often, as your body can start to rely on the meds and can get literally addicted to poop medicine; so here are some prevention methods you can use. These are the methods I use that continue to help me today, they are all natural.
Lemon and Honey Tea in the morning. Heat up purified water, do not boil it as that will deactivate some of the great things lemons provide your body. Lemons help your stomach acidity, to break down food and it has antimicrobial properties so it can help your body against infections. Honey is an antioxidant so it helps with fight against inflammation and free radicals inside you digestion tract.
I often pair this with an apple a day because it does keep the doctor away. Apple help detoxify and most importantly are filled with fiber. After doing this fancy little combo right here I bet you’ll poop in the next hour.
I don’t do this often as it can have a negative affect on your digestion, but Coffee. The caffeine in the coffee has a bit of a laxative affect and it can speed things along
I also take probiotics everyday. I prefer the ones you drink because the tablets tend to give me a stomach aches. Probiotics are commonly found in curd/yogurt. Probiotics keep the level of good bacteria in your digestion above the bad bacteria. Thus keeping your track clean and healthy along with helping bowel movements. I am linking a probiotic with enzymes because most people actually suffer from to few of enzymes in their stomach which usually is the cause of heart burn. However if want a regular probiotic you can click here. When you come to India tho there are lemon enzymes that are cheap. You add it to water and drink it. When going to asian or less developed countries I strongly suggest to take this along in your medical kit but for western countries its not as needed.
Disclaimer: I am not a real doctor these are the tips that have helped me so do not take this as medical advice. I am only a constipation specialist to myself and I, therefore not a real specialist.