How do you know if you have intestinal parasites? How do you prevent them and protect yourself with a healthy diet and natural remedies? If you want to know the answers to these questions, then keep reading.
Intestinal parasites are a health problem that unfortunately affect many people at any age. The symptoms are not easily detected, as they can be confused with others such as: fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, digestive problems, headaches, weight problems, etc.
We are going to talk to you about how to determine if you have parasites, and what you can do to prevent them with a healthy diet and some natural remedies.
Parasites are organisms that live in our organs while feeding on our cells and nutrients. Similar to a fungus or bacteria, parasites can invade your body. If we are healthy, both the parasites and our body can live in harmony, even giving us benefits. The problem therein lies when there is an imbalance of pH levels in the body, enzymes, or intestinal florae;this then causes the pathogens to grow aggressively, starting to cause other illnesses.
For that reason it’s important to have balanced nutrition along with good healthy habits, taking nutritional supplements, to prevent them when necessary.
There are no unique types of parasites. The most recognized is candida, but there are other common types such as lamblia, ascaris, or tapeworms.
How do you know if you have it?
The more common symptoms include:
- Changes in appetite (increased or decreased appetite without reason)
- Puffy eyes
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Burning sensation at the tip of the nose, in the eyes, or anal region
- Dilated pupils
- Intestinal changes (diarrhea or straining)
- Unexplained insomnia
Although these symptoms could signal something else, if you are suffering from these on a recurring basis for days or weeks, it is recommended to explore treatment options.
Kids can be affected too, and is all the more difficult to detect in them. We ultimately know when they are seen scratching the tip of their nose or anal region; and if we pay attention will notice they are more nervous than usual without apparent cause.
Pets should also be checked and treated for parasites each month, since direct contact easily transmits the parasites; pets don’t suffer as many consequences from the parasites.
Nutrition is Key
Strict nutrition is a sure-fire way to eliminate parasites, since they thrive on certain nutrients. Things to completely eliminate and avoid:
- Sugar & sweets
- Milk and dairy products
Reduce consumption of carbohydrates from refined flour (white rice, pasta, pastries, etc.)
We can exchange these for key nutrients in our diets, such as:
- Garlic, which is an excellent anti-parasitic. It should be consumed raw on a daily basis. If you have problems digesting it, you can top your toast with it; there are also garlic capsules and supplements on the market.
- Pumpkin Seeds are also a great way to fight against parasites. You should eat at least 30 seeds per day from raw pumpkins. You can ground them up and mix in with other foods, if desired.
- Papaya Seeds – make a morning papaya smoothie, adding in your pumpkin seeds, water, and a pinch of Stevia to taste.
Between meals during the day, we can drink tea infused with thyme, oregano, and chammomile, a combination that can defend against and kill parasites.
The best prevention is to maintain a correctly functioning intestine, avoiding above all recurring diarrhea or constipation. Natural supplements and a healthy diet including fresh fruits and vegetables helps.
- For constipation, consume flax seeds, prunes, and foods high in bran; also drink lots of water throughout the day.
- For diarrhea, natural remedies include white rice (boiled/steamed, no butter or oil), green tea, or a charcoal supplement.
On the other hand, intestinal parasites are known to alter the intestinal florae, and often multiply when the florae aren’t balanced. For this, you should include probiotics in your diet to regrow the intestinal florae, and to protect against and prevent future recurrences of the parasites.
These can be purchase at pharmacies or supplement retailers.
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