El Parasito - Intestinal Parasites

Apr 27, 2017 ,    ByThe NHC Team,   0 comment(s)

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.

El Parasito – Intestinal Parasites

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. Intestinal parasites can cause inflammation in the brain, muscles, esophagus and skin as well.

Parasites 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 deficiencies.

Intestinal parasites 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 constipation.

Parasites can enter the body by eating contaminated food – particularly pork, shellfish and scavenger fish – and also through water. 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.

The two major classes of intestinal parasites are protozoa and helminths.

Protozoa 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.

Helminths are multicellular worms, and include roundworms, flatworms and pinworms. The most common form of helminth in North America are tapeworms, hookworm and whipworms.

Helminths can live in your lower intestine but they can’t reproduce there whereas protozoa can. Helminths still cause serious health problems.


Stool 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.

Pumpkin seeds 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.

Natural 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.

Garlic 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 release it.

In 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.

Papaya 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).

A mixture of air-dried papaya seeds and honey may 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.

Common herbs have parasite-destroying properties as well.

Oil of oregano made from Oreganum vulgare which is highly antimicrobial, can be very effective against intestinal parasites.

In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, adults who were infected with three different types of parasites were treated with 600 mg of oil of oregano a day. After six weeks, parasites were totally eradicated in 72 percent of the participants; 23 percent greatly decreased their parasite load.

Researchers think that oil of oregano gets its anti-parasitical powers from carvacrol therefore recommend to use oil standardized to at least 65 percent carvacrol.

Neem is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Neem has been used in India for thousands of years to reliably kill parasites both internal and external.

The 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.”

Neem 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.

Wormwood, 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.

Wormwood 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.

Eating foods rich in organic acids and enzymes help to kill parasites. You can create a body environment that discourages parasitic infection.

As 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.

Multi-strain probiotics can help destroy parasites in both the upper and lower gastrointestinal system.

Drink 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.

Also reduce and eliminate sugar, grains – which break down to sugar in the body – and alcohol.

**Always consult a natural health consultant or naturopathic physician before embarking on any serious detoxification.

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