Leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, acid reflux, joint pain, seasonal and food allergies plus a host of other problems may all be attributed to intestinal parasites.
Parasito – Intestinal Parasites
gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, acid reflux, joint
pain, seasonal and food
a host of other problems may all be attributed to
parasites. Intestinal parasites can cause inflammation in the brain,
muscles, esophagus and skin as well.
survive on nutrients from the food we eat. They may also feed on
blood, resulting in a lack of vital iron and protein. In addition,
they can cause malabsorption of nutrients, leading to many
can penetrate body tissues such as liver, lungs and stomach – with
serious consequences. They can enter the bloodstream and travel
throughout the body. For example, parasites lodged in the liver can
cause cirrhosis and abscesses and parasites lodged anywhere in the
intestinal tract can cause obstructions of the bowels and serious
can enter the body by eating contaminated
food – particularly pork, shellfish and scavenger fish – and also
Some can also be transmitted through the bite of a mosquito or flea,
through intimate contact, or even enter through the nose and mouth
after a contaminated surface has been touched. Although anyone can
get parasites, having low immunity, poor diet and poor hygiene can
all raise the risk of infection.
two major classes of intestinal parasites are protozoa and
are single-celled microscopic organisms. Examples of infectious
parasitical protozoa include Giardia intestinalis and
Cryptosporidium.These microorganisms can reproduce inside of humans
causing infections can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms of
protozoan disease include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea,
dehydration, fatigue and joint pain.
are multicellular worms, and include roundworms, flatworms and
pinworms. The most common form of helminth in North America are
tapeworms, hookworm and whipworms.
can live in your lower intestine but they can’t reproduce there
whereas protozoa can. Helminths still cause serious health problems.
tests and other comprehensive tests including microbiology are a good
idea to have done before treating for parasites.
If you can confirm
which parasites you are fighting, you can try one or more of the
following foods and herbs to eliminate them.
have the ability to paralyze helminths, allowing them to be easily
flushed from the body. Pumpkin seeds have been traditionally used as
a remedy for parasites.
health consultants may advise blending a cup of raw pumpkin seeds
with half a cup of coconut milk and half a cup of water, then eating
the resultant paste – following up with a glass of water. Although
pumpkin seeds can be very effective, results may not be immediate –
you may need to repeat the treatment several times.
combats parasites and is packed with sulfur-containing amino acids. A
compound in garlic known as allicin also helps to kill and expel
worms – but the garlic must be sliced, diced or chopped to fully
fact, the more finely garlic is chopped, the more allicin it
releases. After mincing or dicing garlic, let it sit for a few
minutes to allow this chemical process to occur. Alternately, you can
chew it for at least a minute.
can create an unfriendly environment for protozoa and helminths
alike. They contain amino acids and digestive enzymes such as papain
(found in papayas) and bromelain (found in pineapples).
mixture of air-dried papaya seeds and honey
result in parasite clearance rates that range between 71.4 percent
and 100 percent. Researchers
praised papaya seeds as an effective, cheap and safe way to treat
human intestinal parasites.
herbs have parasite-destroying properties as well.
of oregano made from Oreganum vulgare which is highly antimicrobial,
can be very effective against intestinal parasites.
a study published in Phytotherapy
adults who were infected with three different types of parasites were
treated with 600 mg of oil of oregano a day. After six weeks,
were totally eradicated in 72 percent of the participants;
23 percent greatly decreased their parasite load.
think that oil of oregano gets its anti-parasitical powers from
carvacrol therefore recommend to use oil standardized to at least 65
is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Neem has been used in
India for thousands of years to reliably kill parasites both internal
neem tree is native to India and is scientifically known as
Azadirachta indica. It serves so many medicinal purposes that it is
often referred to as “the village pharmacy.”
also removes the toxins they leave behind as they are dying. This
detoxifying property is also great for the liver, which is often
compromised by parasitic infection.
also known as Sweet Annie, is scientifically known as Artemisia
annua. It is also called annual mugwort. Wormwood has pronounced
anti-protozoan effects, and is particularly effective at killing
parasitic larva. In addition, it stimulates macrophages, which are
key in immune system defense against parasitic infestation.
is often combined with black walnut, or Juglans negra, and essential
oil of cloves. The juglone in black walnut helps to kill parasites,
while antimicrobial oil of cloves can destroy virtually all parasite
eggs in the intestinal tract. Using these three substances in
combination can interrupt the parasitic life cycle, terminating these
pests for good.
foods rich in organic acids and enzymes help to kill parasites. You
can create a body environment that discourages parasitic infection.
a preventative, natural health experts recommend eating six
tablespoons of raw, extra-virgin
coconut oil, a whole clove of garlic and one large red onion.
probiotics can help destroy parasites in both the upper and lower
fermented beverages – such as kefir and apple cider vinegar and eat
fermented probiotic-rich foods such as kombucha, miso soup,
sauerkraut and kimchi. This can encourage the growth of beneficial
bacteria in the gut and help to ward off infection.
reduce and eliminate sugar, grains – which break down to sugar in
the body – and alcohol.
consult a natural health consultant or naturopathic physician before
embarking on any serious detoxification.