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Staying Healthy in Nepal

Hello Students and Parents,

As we are sure you know that staying healthy in Nepal will require more vigilance than in the US, we would like to provide some thoughts on staying healthy this fall. We will be sharing all that we know with you when you arrive in Nepal, 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 and your body’s needs best. 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 once you arrive.

Here are a few suggested items:

– Anti-bacterial gel, to keep your hands clean (helpful, but not a replacement for good, old-fashioned soap!)

– Probiotics, to support gastrointestinal health

– Vitamin C

– Echinacea or Airborne, to fend off colds

– Activated charcoal, to absorb bacteria and toxins

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 fine. There is a huge range of options available and we encourage you to learn more about what makes the most sense for you.

We do our best to provide a diet over the course of the semester that we think is healthy and abundant. 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! While this is our standard, in some areas such as the village stay and trek the nutritional content can be lower, so you may want to consider bringing a multivitamin and/or superfood powder.

Additionally, you could bring a few paper face masks – with an N95 rating – to use while walking around Patan, if you think you may be sensitive to dust and pollution. Some instructors and students in the past have found them handy. You can find these at most hardware stores in the US.

Once you arrive in Nepal, we look forward to having a more extended conversation about staying healthy here – we have tons of tips and tricks to share!

Thank you, and as always, feel free to post any questions that you might have in a Yak!