What Are Parasites And How Can We Get Rid Of Them?
We all have them, but it's hard to feel squeamish
A parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism, depending on the host for survival and competing for nutrients, causing very unpleasant symptoms. They usually enter the body through contaminated food or water, but can also be picked up from things you have touched that have microscopic parasitic eggs.
Signs of a parasitic infection could include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, gas and bloating, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, and nervousness.
So what can we do to help avoid contracting parasites or attack them if we have already been infected? Let's take a look at some lifestyle, diet and supplement changes we can make.
Wash hands often and food thoroughly
Eliminating your risk factors for parasites is the best defence. Wash your hands well, especially when traveling and wash all produce carefully, even if it says it has been pre-washed. It is also important to cook meat well and drink bottled water when you are unfamiliar with the water source or filtering system.
Some of the foods best known for killing parasites, should you already have them, are garlic, onions, and cabbage, due to the high sulphur content. You can also chew on the seeds of lemon, papaya, and pumpkin on an empty stomach or drink cranberry or beet juice.
Black walnut hull is a gentle and effective laxative, helping the body expel parasites, but its high tannin content has also been shown to oxygenate the blood, control diarrhea, and kill parasites.
Pau d'arco is native to South America and is sourced from a tree with extremely hard wood. The medicinal part of the tree is found in the inner lining of the bark, called the phloem. There are active chemicals found in Pau d'arco that have the power to kill bacteria, fungus and parasites.
Wormwood is a plant that can be used fresh or dried. The stems, leaves and flowers all have medicinal properties and can be consumed for a range of ailments. Wormwood is used in combination with black walnut and clove to kill off parasitic overgrowth and break their life cycles.
Caprylic Acid is an octanoic acid found in the oil of coconut. It is a medium-chain fatty acid and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Caprylic acid can break down the membranes of the candida cells
There are some other Antimicrobial nutrients that also can be used to combat both Candida and Parasites. They include:
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Clove Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
Of course, we hope to never be invaded by worms or protozoa, but it is good to know that if we are, there are natural ways to help our bodies take back control.