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I have not gone to punjab before ( born abroad), but I have heard you have to be very careful what you eat and drink in punjab since your body is not used to the bacteria in Punjab. I have heard people go, and get sick there , and I don't want to get sick. So I mean what do you ? Like the enviroment is different in each city/ district. What about amritsar area ?

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14 hours ago, Guest hello_ji said:

I have not gone to punjab before ( born abroad), but I have heard you have to be very careful what you eat and drink in punjab since your body is not used to the bacteria in Punjab.

Don't drink the water.

Drink only from RO (reverse-osmosis) water filters. The non-RO filters aren't that good.

Store-bought water is normally fine, too. Stick with major brands like Bisleri and Kinley (by Coca-Cola).

Where are you staying? Family? Or a hotel? If it's a hotel, make sure it's a good one (probably meaning an expensive one). They'll usually have good water filters. Or bottled water or canisters.

If family, just buy a water filter for them as a gift if they don't have one already. It should be maybe 200 GBP, 300 USD or so.

See here: https://www.kent.co.in/

Also, do not ingest water when brushing. Just have a water bottle where you wet your toothbrush with.

14 hours ago, Guest hello_ji said:

Like the enviroment is different in each city/ district. What about amritsar area ?

No, it is not different in each area. Granted, the water in a specific neighborhood may be worse than another, but you shouldn't rely upon that anyways. Just use a filter.

14 hours ago, Guest hello_ji said:

I have heard people go, and get sick there

That's because they get lazy and start drinking unfiltered water because of peer pressure ("what's the worst that could happen?").

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14 hours ago, Guest hello_ji said:

I have not gone to punjab before ( born abroad), but I have heard you have to be very careful what you eat and drink in punjab since your body is not used to the bacteria in Punjab. I have heard people go, and get sick there , and I don't want to get sick. So I mean what do you ? Like the enviroment is different in each city/ district. What about amritsar area ?

Thanks

 

As well as whats already been said i think it depends on how tough your stomach is, some people can eat and drink anything and they'll be fine, other's will get the run's at the drop of a hat. I was also cautious of dairy, we would get cow's milk as opposed to buffalo and avoid ice cream (no easy thing).

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3 minutes ago, kcmidlands said:

I was also cautious of dairy, we would get cow's milk as opposed to buffalo and avoid ice cream (no easy thing).

Right, that, too.

If you're not physically strong and active, you might want to avoid traditional buffalo milk, which can be around 7% fat. Go for cow's milk (what Brahmins drink).

Skim milk can be bought in grocery stores.

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1 minute ago, BhForce said:

Right, that, too.

If you're not physically strong and active, you might want to avoid traditional buffalo milk, which can be around 7% fat. Go for cow's milk (what Brahmins drink).

Skim milk can be bought in grocery stores.

I always found it strange that the milk come's in plastic bags, i was okay with Buffalo milk when i was young, as I've gotten older and used to cow's milk in the west i get issues when i have buffalo milk in India know, i think that goes for most food in India, out bodies become accustomed to a western diet and we have trouble digesting food in India.

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Just now, kcmidlands said:

I always found it strange that the milk come's in plastic bags, i was okay with Buffalo milk when i was young, as I've gotten older and used to cow's milk in the west i get issues when i have buffalo milk in India know, i think that goes for most food in India, out bodies become accustomed to a western diet and we have trouble digesting food in India.

Well, that's because of a sedentary lifestyle. That's why Brahmins only drink cow milk. They never do any hard labor.

Regarding plastic bags: what should it come in? That's the same thing it comes in Canada.

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12 minutes ago, BhForce said:

Well, that's because of a sedentary lifestyle. That's why Brahmins only drink cow milk. They never do any hard labor.

Regarding plastic bags: what should it come in? That's the same thing it comes in Canada.

I'm in the UK, we're used to plastic bottles.

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Take immodium with you. The indian version is a khaki tablet ~ if you take it you may not pass a stool for the whole week.

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I get sick every time I go lol     I think iv been India like 8 or 9 times now but I get sick.  There is very little hygiene there when it comes to food, especially street food. Flys are EVERYWHERE  haha! Especially in the pinds   you need to constantly cover your biscuits, sweets and other food  when eating outside because flys will sit on it.   Street food is nasty, flys everywhere, the men making it itching their faces and then touching the food  etc     flys are everywhere in the pinds as well 

That aside lol   you will have an experience of a life time!  You will either love it or hate it but you will remember it for the rest of your life   especially if your family are from the pind lol 

And take the opportunity to visit some historical gurdwareh related to our history 

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avoid unpasteurised dairy (that is yoghurt, cold milk direct from buffalo).   i think the store stuff is pastuerised so ok.

people say to avoid street food also.

avoid drinking tap water.  if you must drink it (no bottle water around), boil it first.  

tap water is ok for brushing teeth and bathing, imo.

don't bathe in lakes.  religious sarovars in religious places should be ok though.

i would avoid meat also.  unless its been very thoroughly cooked.

when you eat in restaurants, only order stuff that comes to your table hot.  

though i have not had problems with cold salads or ice cream.

make sure you get your hepatitus imminuisations (A,B,C) before you go.

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On 4/21/2019 at 1:58 AM, puzzled said:

I get sick every time I go lol   

It's no wonder you get sick, because it seems you like eating street food.

To the OP, or anyone else: Don't eat street food! Why would you?

Don't buy cut fruit. Buy whole fruit, take it home, wash it, cut, then eat.

On 4/21/2019 at 1:58 AM, puzzled said:

you need to constantly cover your biscuits, sweets and other food  when eating outside because flys will sit on it. 

Don't eat outside. Problem solved.

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On 4/22/2019 at 3:51 PM, Guest guest said:

avoid unpasteurised dairy

You don't need to drink pasteurized milk if it is boiled. Boiling is at a higher temperature than pasteurization. Everybody boils their milk. 

You just need to ensure that it's from a reputable milkman. If you don't know, just buy packaged milk from the store.

On 4/22/2019 at 3:51 PM, Guest guest said:

(that is yoghurt

No need to avoid yogurt. Everybody makes yogurt from boiled milk anyway. Or you can buy from the store (brand yogurt, not the unlabeled plain bag stuff).

On 4/22/2019 at 3:51 PM, Guest guest said:

cold milk direct from buffalo

Direct from buffalo. As is right from the teats?

Ironically, that is also exactly when it would be safest, because there are so few bacteria. Bacteria only grows when milk sits out for some time, increasing with the number minutes and hours it is out.

Direct from a buffalo would actually possibly be safer (don't do it if you're a scaredy cat).

On 4/22/2019 at 3:51 PM, Guest guest said:

tap water is ok for brushing teeth and bathing, imo.

In your opinion. But the OP wants all the ways to ensure not to get sick. Why leave anything to chance?

Bathing is certainly fine. You're not ingesting it.

On 4/22/2019 at 3:51 PM, Guest guest said:

i would avoid meat also.  unless its been very thoroughly cooked.

If OP really wants to play it safe, just avoid meat, period. Unless maybe Dominos, Pizza Hut or other international chains.

OP has to decide what he wants. If you want to avoid risk at all, don't eat at restaurants, veggie or meat. If you can tolerate a bit of risk, eat veggie at international chains. A bit more risk, veggie at local restaurants that look clean. Even more risk, meat at international restaurants.

 

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On 4/19/2019 at 12:03 AM, kcmidlands said:

I'm in the UK, we're used to plastic bottles.

OK, but I would have imagined that you have family in Canada and have visited, as a lot of people have.

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46 minutes ago, BhForce said:

It's no wonder you get sick, because it seems you like eating street food.

Yeah I like gol gape, chaat, aloo tikkis and everything lol   

I start vomiting a lot and lose all strength and energy and just lay there. Then end up in hospital  lol 

I always end up in hospital and they stick glucose in me.  One nurse stuck a injection in my hips lol    

I just love gol gape and chaat  haha 

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Well, well done people. With all that, I'm pretty sure you've scared the little fella from EVER visiting Punjab. :)

Seriously though, there's only one golden rule. You will get sick...and that's OK, we all get sick out here....but when you do get sick do not listen to anyone and let them take you to see the desi 'Daktar' in the pend. He's not a real doctor. He's just a bloke with a stethescope round his neck. He'll offer you an injection and this injection will cure you. But....this injection - which will be administered on your bottom - is Morphine / opium.

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