How Do I Know if I Have Parasites?
Answer: The definitive way to know should be to be tested by your doctor. However, sometimes the tests are not accurate. Parasites are often a missed diagnosis from symptoms we experience. However there are certain signs you might see. Since parasites are not life threatening you can treat yourself and then if you don’t see results see if your doctor finds another cause.
Listen to your inner guidance. If you keep thinking you may have parasites, your intuition may be trying to tell you something.
Below is a list of symptoms and reasons to cleanse. Abdominal pain is an obvious sign, but not always present in those with parasites. A parasite can remain in the body undetected for many years in the colon. The varieties are numerous.
Here are some symptoms that may be caused by parasites:
- Abdominal pain or digestion issues – bloating, gas, or green stools
- Sleep disturbances. Dreaming, restlessness, poor sleep
- Candida now or recurring.
- Emotional disorders.
- Big appetite, with or without cravings.
- Anal conditions: itching or burning
- Fatigue that is chronic
- Itchy skin
- Odd cravings, sugar cravings, sour cravings, greasy food cravings
- Fleeting chronic mood swings
- Irregular bowel movements
Seriously consider a parasite cleanse if you:
- Travel often or have traveled outside the country within the last year.
- Have pets (If you have pets, you can bet you have some type of parasite, do a cleanse every 6 months)
- If you eat a lot of meat
- Eat raw salad often
- Eat or have eaten a lot of cold foods
- Have allergies or food sensitivities causing mood swings
- Eat a very imbalanced diet
What is a parasite?
A parasite is any organism that invades and lives off another organism. Humans can actually play host to more than a hundred different types of parasites, ranging from microscopic ones to tapeworms that are several feet long. Contrary to popular belief, parasites are not restricted to our colon alone, but can be found in any other part of the body – in the lungs, the liver, in the muscles and joints, in the esophagus, the brain, the blood, the skin and even in the eyes!
It is extremely easy to come in contact with parasites. Contaminated water, undercooked meats, improperly washed fruits and vegetables, are common sources of infections. Transmission can also be from pets or other infected persons. Overuse of antibiotics further adds to this problem as this can interfere with normal intestinal flora and lower the body’s resistance. If you weaken the digestive system and the immune system parasites have an open invitation to multiply. A diet full of cold drinks, ice cream and sugar is a diet written for disaster. Fortunately, you can win this battle.
Fiber supplements help to get rid of parasites, but they are not enough. We need to use specific herbal formulas to deal with this issue. We also need to do more than just get rid of the parasites. We need to strengthen the digestive system and the immune system so the parasites do not have a friendly environment in which to breed.
Most parasite cleanses are too harsh. As soon as the cleanse is finished you can feel better, but the body ecology has not changed. New parasites will simply take the place of the old ones. It is better to use the Chinese way of getting rid of parasites: gently expel the parasites while simultaneously strengthening the body.
Eating and living to avoid parasites:
- Low sugar, low fats, low caffeine (or no caffeine is best)
- Eat a variety of vegetables. Wash raw vegetables thoroughly.
- All meat, chicken, and fish need to be thoroughly cooked.
Avoid microwave cooking for two reasons:
- Microwave ovens do not heat foods, particularly animal products, sufficiently to destroy parasites.
- Reliable research demonstrates that microwave ovens denature and actually create toxins in foods (the microwave transform the amino acid L-proline into D-proline, a proven toxin to the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys). (British medical Journal, The Lancet December 9th, 1989)
Use a separate cutting board for animal products, and wash it thoroughly after each use. Check your pets regularly for worms. (put a little garlic in their food). Wash hands regularly.
Eating during your Parasite Cleanse:
Avoid the foods that create an ideal breeding ground for parasites: dairy (especially ice cream, which is both dairy and cold) – and – sugar. Do a Hot Water Detox once a week. Eat foods that are help the body resist parasites. (add only the ones you like): beets, radish, onions, leeks, carrots, cabbage.
Raw pumpkin seeds can be a powerful anti-parasite snack. Avoid if you have trouble digesting fats. Cook with fennel, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ginger, horseradish or thyme
The Herbal Program:
2 capsules of Parasite Cleanse after every meal.
3 capsules of Immune System Formula once a day (anytime)