A variety of parasites can infect the intestinal tract. Parasitic infections have become more common with international travel over the last few years. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, they can cause a variety of symptoms, such as fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn, chills, stomach pain or loss of appetite.
If you suspect having a parasitic infection, there is a natural way to treat it. It’s called a parasite cleanse, and I strongly advise you do one as well as eat an anti-parasite diet for a period of time to heal yourself.
What Are Parasites?
Parasites are generally acquired from consuming contaminated food or water, but people with imbalanced gut flora, leaky gut syndrome or a weakened immune system may be more susceptible.
A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. Yes, not pleasant. Worse, parasites can cause disease in humans. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.
So let’s discuss how to kill off parasites. Now, I would estimate about 50 percent or more Americans carry parasites, and you may wonder where somebody get a parasite besides. One is pork, if you’ve ever eaten pork. Pork can carry parasites and worms, so if you eat pork consistently, there’s a chance that you have a parasite.
Also, as mentioned above, if you’ve ever been to another country like China, India, Africa, Mexico, even trips to places like Cancun, if you drank the water or if you eat some of their food, there’s a great chance that you could have picked up a parasite. Specifically, if you came back and had dysentery or some problem with your stomach afterwards — such as something the CDC calls persistent travelers’ diarrhea — it’s very likely that you have a parasite.
Parasite Cleanse With Ozonated Oil
A study published in Parasitology International suggests that ozonated oil may act as a bioactive to reduce the infectivity of the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum.
Crypto infection is one of the leading causes of persistent diarrhea among children in low-resource settings. Crypto infection usually resolves without treatment in those who are immunocompetent, but can be life-threatening among immunodeficient individuals, such as children with malnutrition or patients with HIV.
Researchers at the University of Illinois looked at the use of ozonated oil in fighting the infectivity of the Crytpo parasite. To test whether ozonated oil could reduce Crypto infectivity, they used an in vitro model of human colon cells that had been infected with Crytpo. Once it infects cells, the parasite goes through an asexual cycle to keep replicating in numbers. In a living host, after a sexual cycle, the parasite (thick-walled oocysts) are ready to be shed into the feces and contaminate the next host. Importantly, oocysts are resistant to chlorine treatment, which presents a major hurdle for water purification efforts.
The researchers found that when they added ozonated oil and/or carvacrol to the culture, the number of parasites being replicated was reduced. And a lesser number of parasites means lesser infectivity.
The Anti-Parasite Diet
Now what’s even more important is your diet. In order to kill parasites in your system and kill off the bad bacteria and the fungus that these parasites live off of, you’ve got to get rid of bad bacteria. To do that, you must go on a diet that is free of all sugar and all grains — pretty close to a Paleo diet.
When you’re going to do a parasite cleanse, I even recommend that you limit your fruit intake or eat no fruit whatsoever. So rather than a berry smoothie, you just drink a coconut smoothie with coconut milk, chia seeds and protein powder; for lunch, do a big salad; and for dinner, prepare organic meat and double the vegetables, staying completely away from any form of grains or sugar, including fruit.
Now another thing I want to talk about is pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are the No. 1 food that kills off parasites. So one of the things I’ve personally done if I’m doing a parasite cleanse, I’ll take pumpkin seeds and eat one cup a day — half a cup, I may throw in a smoothie in the morning and another half a cup in the afternoon, or you can make pumpkin seed butter, throwing this into something like a Vitamix blender along with pumpkin seed oil that they carry that at most health food stores. So pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, and I’ll eat this throughout the day as well in order to kill off parasites.
Here are some other top anti-parasite foods:
- Garlic and onions – Both of these immune-boosting vegetables have anti-parasitic effects.
- Herbs – Certain herbs, like oregano and ginger, can have antibacterial and antiparasitic effects.
- Papaya juice – This potent juice can have anti-parasitic effects.
- Coconut ozonated oil – has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
- Probiotic rich foods – Consuming high probiotic foods like kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt can keep parasites in check and improve the health of the gut.
And here are the foods you want to avoid:
- Sugar – Feeds parasites and lowers immune functioning.
- Processed foods – Foods that are highly processed do not support immune health.
- Alcohol – Does not allow for proper immune system functioning.
- Wheat – Many grains, especially those containing gluten, can break down into sugar quickly and cause intestinal inflammation.
- Pork – Can be highly contaminated with parasites.