All You Need To Know About Parasite Cleanses
Believe it or not, you may have had a parasite at least once. With more international travel, parasitic infections are becoming more common. Parasite infections can lead to digestive symptoms including vomiting, fatigue, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and chills. The American diet tends to be high in grains and sugars, which parasites love.
A parasite cleanse involves avoiding foods that feed parasites and consuming anti-parasitic foods, such as the Paleo diet and other antioxidant-rich diets.
What Exactly Is A Parasite?
A parasite is an organism that lives on or in its host and feeds on or with its resources. For example, it takes the food that the host eats to survive. In humans, three classes of parasites can cause disease: ectoparasites, helminths, and protozoa. Certain types of infections caused by these organisms can be treated easily, while others cannot.
How Do You Get A Parasite?
Parasites can infect a relatively high percentage of Americans. Most parasites are acquired from contaminated food or water. Alternatively, parasites can be spread to humans by the bite of mosquitoes and sandflies, or by infected cows and pigs. Those with leaky gut syndrome, imbalanced gut flora, or a weakened immune system are at a higher risk.
You can get a parasite from eating undercooked meat. Seafood and meat such as shellfish, crab, beef, and pork can transfer pesky organisms. A person who regularly consumes this type of meat may be susceptible to carrying a parasite.
Another way to get a parasite is through international travel. Drinking the local water and eating the food in other countries may have allowed you to acquire a parasite. It is important to be careful of what you consume on your travels, but also remember to take great care of your hygiene. According to the CDC, if you come back from international travel with persistent diarrhea for more than two weeks, you might have an infection caused by a parasite.
Wondering if you might have a parasite? Signs you might have a parasitic infection include:
• Stomach aches and pains
• Body aches
• Suppressed appetite
If you’re concerned that you may have a parasite, there are types of parasite cleanses and supplements that can help.
Eating An Anti-Parasitic Diet
Following an anti-parasite diet involves a diet free of all forms of sugar and all grains, corresponding closely to a Paleo diet, to kill harmful parasites in your digestive system.
Here are a few foods you’ll want to avoid:
• Grains such as wheat
• Added sugar
• Processed foods
• Limit fruit intake
It can help to eat foods that support gastrointestinal health with compounds that make it difficult for parasites to survive in the body.
Here are some anti-parasite foods to include in your diet:
• Apple cider vinegar
• Coconut oil
• Fresh vegetables
Colonics, also known as colon cleansing, removes toxins from the intestinal tract and colon by removing accumulations of feces. When doing colonics, it is important to maintain regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. Some experts recommend doing a few colonics, typically twice a week for three weeks, to enhance gastrointestinal health.
Taking Parasite Cleansing Supplements
ParaComplete, a natural anti-parasite compound, is a supplement that contains berberine sulfate, grapeseed extract, thyme leaf, uva ursi leaf, and oregano. In addition to this supplement, you can also take mint, anise, berberine, goldthread, or barberry supplements.
A parasite cleanse made with these herbal ingredients can be found at your local health food store, or you can purchase them separately.
• Oregano oil
• Clove oil
• Grapefruit seed extract
• Black walnut
If you think you have a parasite, you’ll want to do a parasite cleanse. Before you start this treatment plan, consult with a doctor if you have a compromised immune system or take medications. Avoid sugary and processed foods and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.