We are exposed to parasites regularly in our environment. Most of the time, the good and bad micro-organism co-exist in our body without causing any problems. But, when the delicate balance is disrupted, diseases may result.
Parasites are micro-organism that live off the host such as human an animals feeding off energy and nutrients consumed of the host. They could invade and reside in any parts of the body.
There are 4 pathways that parasite enter into our body:
- Sexual activities – unsafe sexual activities can transfer parasites from one host to another.
- Food and water – drinking unclean water and eating poorly cooked meat, fish and seafood, sushi and raw fruits and vegetables.
- Dust carriers – parasites carried by dust and are inhaled through the nose.
- Vectors – animal carriers such as mosquitoes, flies, sand flies and fleas.
How can you tell you have parasites in your body?
When you have the following symptoms, be alert to possible presence of parasites in your body:
- Bloating and gas
- Frequent diarrhea – parasitic infection produce toxins that induce food to pass through the intestine quickly.
- Constipation – parasites blocking the passage of digesting food and waste.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Parasites attach to the intestinal wall causing irritation, inflammation and poor movement along the colon.
- Fatigue – malabsorption of nutrients in the food and the stress the parasites can cause to the body.
- Allergies – Irritation, inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract, make proper digestion difficult leading to allergic reactions to food.
- Reduced immunity – intestinal health is the first defense of the body
In order to prevent and expel parasites from the body, it is important that you ensure there is nutritional balance in your lifestyle that will then reduce the parasitic load in your body.
Here are 5 ways you can prevent parasitic infection:
1) Increased Vitality
Parasites are low energy organisms that thrive on sick bodies. Increase vitality with the right diet of balance nutrition of complex carbohydrate, protein and good fats plus exercise. When you increase vitality, the body can resist parasites infection and they can be easily expelled.
2) Repair of intestinal tract
Avoid refined food and food chemicals, gluten and refined carbohydrates. They create an environment that promotes parasitic growth. Increase fiber in your diet as fiber act as a brush to scrub off parasites from the intestinal wall. Do colon cleansing regularly.
3) Reduce inflammation
Inflammation happens when the body detect it is under attack by allergens or foreign bodies. When inflammation occurs, it generate a chain reactions that irritate the body and creates an environment that parasites thrive in.
Antioxidants will neutralize the free radicals produced from inflammation that triggers the chain reaction. Taking food with high antioxidant property will help to manage inflammation. Super antioxidants are green tea, grape seed, pine bark, red wine, pomegranate and wide varieties of fruits and vegetables.
4) Avoid raw food
Cooking kills bacteria and parasites present in the food. Although eating salads is good as all the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables are preserved. But, it is difficult to wash them completely clean, especially when they are served in restaurants. Sushi and sashimi are also source of parasitic invasion.
5) Increase liver function and liver detox
Try out these methods to prevent parasites infection in your body. In my next post, I will introduce the herbs that can help get rid of parasites from the body.
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