How to Get Rid of Parasites
A parasite is defined as an organism that lives off of another organism, feeding off of their body’s nutrients and cells in order to survive. The unlikely home of a parasite is referred to as the host, which can oftentimes (and, unfortunately) be a human.
Although there are thousands of different parasites, each causing different levels of harm, human bodies are often infected with intestinal parasites. They come from food or liquid (primarily water) that is tainted in some way by parasites, and are transmitted into the digestive tract of a human upon consumption. Since they’re not only super-tiny, but also buried deep inside our bodies, the only real way we know that we’re infected with a parasite is by the symptoms that we exhibit as a result of their presence.
Symptoms of a Parasitic Infection
Before you can get rid of parasites, you should take some time and do a self-evaluation to look for the common symptoms of a parasitic infection. Common symptoms include:
- Joint & muscle aches
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Gas & bloating
- Skin problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep problems
Types of Parasites
Flukes – These parasites usually get their great name from the area they are found in. For example, if you find one in a liver, then it is called a liver fluke. It begins its life cycle in mollusk form. They get in your body by undercooked fish, shellfish and snails.
Tape worms and roundworms – A familiar name to people, these parasites are absolutely gross, and go to be fairly large. Tapeworms are typically found in undercooked beef, pork and fish, while roundworms are usually around when human feces are used as a fertilizer. Tapeworms and roundworms are two of the most common types of intestinal worms found in humans.
Natural remedies to get rid of parasites
We’ll get to the prevention techniques a little later in this guide, but for now, we’ll introduce you to some natural home remedies to get rid of parasites, should you already be infected. Of course, these are an alternative to professional medical treatment, which should be your first option, particularly if you’re in pain and/or exhibiting severe symptoms.
Garlic – Garlic has proven to be effective in getting rid of parasitic infections and some of the symptoms that come along with them. Make sure you’re eating at least a few cloves a day, whether that’s plain or mixed in as part of a larger meal.
Milk Thistle – This works by boosting the immune system and introducing antioxidants into your system, which help to reduce the effectiveness of the parasite’s toxins.
Cloves – Cloves are known for promoting healthy digestive functions and for reducing stomach pain. While the cloves work to cleanse the parasites from your body, they also help to minimize the painful physical symptoms caused by the infection.
Tips to prevent parasites
There are several different methods of preventing a parasitic infection in the first place. Once you’ve got them, it’s much harder to get rid of them; you would’ve been much better off preventing them from the start. Follow the tips below to eliminate the common sources of parasitic infection:
Wash your food
All fresh food, namely fruits and vegetables, should be washed thoroughly before consuming. This means running under hot water, and even scrubbing with a soft brush. Pay special care to foods purchased from roadside farm stands and fresh markets; they’re not necessarily subject to the same stringent hygienic rules as a supermarket, though that isn’t always the case.
Cook food thoroughly
Since parasites like to live in all different meats and fish, it’s important that you cook it thoroughly. The temperature of your food needs to reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit in order to kill off any parasites or other bacteria that may otherwise be present. To be sure, use a meat thermometer when cooking large roasts.
Drink tap water or bottled water
Never drink the water from streams or rivers, they can contain parasites. And if you’re in a foreign country known for their tainted water supply (Mexico comes to mind), stick to strictly bottled water.
Clean your hands
Cleaning your hands before handling food is common sense, but it’s often overlooked. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before cooking or eating to prevent the possible transmission of parasites or other foreign bacteria onto your food.
Avoid exotic foods
Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so I certainly don’t want to recommend that you avoid anything out of the ordinary completely. That being said, exotic food in foreign countries ends up being a common cause of parasitic infection, so watch what you eat!