(NaturalHealth365) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of the world’s population is infected with parasites. They can enter the body through food or water, mosquitoes, intimate contact and through the nose or mouth after touching an animal or any contaminated surface. The question is – how do we get rid of them.
Parasites find friendly environments and automatically settle in for the long haul. When our immunity is low and our digestive system is not in good working order they can take refuge in our body. But, dietary changes can help improve this health problem.
These tiny critters are often difficult to get rid of, and also hard to diagnose. The symptoms of parasitic infestation are very general and may not be that different from other conditions. The intestinal symptoms are bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, allergies and poor immunity.
You may find this hard to believe
Pumpkin seeds are known for their nutritional content along with their ability to get rid of intestinal parasites. Roasted pumpkin seeds are not only a great snack, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends consuming pumpkin seeds, along with plenty of fluids to help both protect against and get rid of any parasites you may have. The seed doesn’t kill the worms but paralyzes them, which in turn prevents them from holding on to the wall of the intestine as they commonly do during a bowel movement.
Since pumpkin seeds are easy to eat with or without the shells, and make a delicious topping for salads, a garnish for casseroles, and can be used in breakfast cereals, it is easy to incorporate them in your meals or as a snack. Garlic contains allicin, which has been shown to get rid of parasites in both test tubes and animal studies. The medical properties in garlic are found in raw diced, sliced, crushed pieces.
More ways to eliminate parasites
Papaya contains a substance called papain, which is a digestive enzyme. By consuming it 30 minutes before meals – it will help the environment inside your gut become unfriendly to parasites. Digestive enzymes help restore your intestinal tract to a balance state, which makes it inhospitable to parasites.
The seeds of this fruit have been studied and found effective against human intestinal parasites; the research was published in The Journal of Medicinal Food. In this study, a combination of papaya seeds and honey was fed to 30 children with intestinal parasites and after 7 days 23 of the 30 were cleared of the infestation. Isn’t that amazing!
Pineapples contain specific enzymes that target and destroy parasites. Both bromelain and papain are enzymes found in pineapples that have protein-digesting attributes, which minimizes the parasites and allows your body the chance to get rid of them. These are just some of the whole foods that can be incorporated into your meals; some additional helpers are apple cider vinegar, which increases stomach acid, cranberry juice, fennel seed tea and coconut oil which is known to also get rid of yeasts, viruses, and bacteria.
Don’t forget the value of herbs
The herbs known for getting rid of parasites, are cloves, wormwood, and black walnut. Cloves kill the parasite eggs in the intestinal tract, and both black walnut hull and wormwood get rid of about 100 types of these critters. Parasites will always be part of the environment, but it is up to us to show them they are not welcomed.
Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.