I know that the world of health and natural health can get overwhelming at times. But I want to point out something. I’m just going to put it out there. ALL of us have parasites of some kind. Parasites usually live within the intestines. And the worst part is that they live there for years, without us knowing. In most cases, they don’t cause any problems. But if you start noticing symptoms, it might be time to perform a parasite cleanse.
Now, before we get to that, let me just back up my claim. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.5 million people are infected with parasites. Exposure to child and institutional care centers is one of the leading causes of parasitic infection. And yes, parasites are contagious, especially when you don’t have high sanitary and hygiene habits, like hand washing, for example.
Symptoms of parasites
The list of symptoms linked to parasites is extremely long. Some of the conditions are constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, IBS, joint pain, muscle aches, anemia, cravings, skin irritation, rashes, sleep disorders, hyperactivity, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, allergies, runny nose, bad taste in the mouth, acne, fever, vomiting, yeast infections, candida infections, trouble gaining weight (children), and much more. But I want to stress the three common conditions that should sound the alarm.
First, and foremost, we have chronic digestive issues. Your gut cannot heal completely if you harbor parasites. Yes, having digestive problems every once in a while is normal. But if you are suffering from constant problems, like diarrhea, bloating, and gas, it might be time to change something. Consider a parasite cleanse if you suffer from digestive issues despite following a highly alkaline diet rich in good bacteria.
The second panic button is mental distress. That includes anxiety, body aches, eye aches, mood swings, headaches, depression, and similar forms of mental distress. All of these are the result of your body’s inability to produce serotonin due to the parasitic infestation.
Last, but not least, we have autoimmune disorders caused by the constant inflammation of your gut. These include joint pain, muscle aches, muscle spasms, and irritable bowel syndrome.
So, how does one perform a parasite cleanse? Here is a step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Weaken the parasites
In order to get rid of parasites, you must weaken them first. For the first week or 10 days, you are just preparing to perform a parasite cleanse. During this period, it’s a good idea to eat garlic each and every day. Consuming garlic will loosen the hold parasites have on your body. There are other good anti-parasite options, but garlic is the best.
Step 2: Get them out of your system
Now that you’ve weakened and loosened the parasites’ grip on your body, it’s time to get them out of your system. You have to get rid of the bad bacteria, and in order to do that, you need to completely change your diet, which means eliminating all grains and sugar. This is pretty close to what the Paleo diet stands for.
The hardest part is eliminating sugar, as you have to get rid of fruits. That means no berry smoothie. Instead, get a coconut smoothie with coconut milk, protein, and some seeds. The best option is pumpkin seeds, as they are the best weapon you have in the battle against parasites. For lunch, prepare a salad, and get an organic meal for dinner.
To help you, I’ve compiled a list of foods you should eat and foods you should avoid. First the anti-parasitic foods—those you absolutely have to consume on a daily basis:
- Garlic and onions
- Herbs, mostly oregano and ginger, but you can get others with antibacterial properties
- Coconut oil and coconut milk
- Probiotic foods
- Papaya juice
Foods to avoid:
- Processed foods
One “magic solution” I’ve found is the Worm Out formula. This is a parasite cleanse solution when you want to take things to the next level. The mixture contains black walnut hulls, cinnamon, thyme, chamomile, wormwood, and other herbs that are great for killing off parasites.
The goal is to consume ½ teaspoon per 25lbs of body weight every three hours. Or, if you want to keep things natural, try to perform a colon cleanse. There are some good options out there, but I already have you covered with this detox drink.
Step 3: Get your body back in shape
Flushing out parasites take a toll on your body. Especially if you’ve chosen the Worm Out way. After cleansing your body of parasites and sticking to an anti-parasite diet for 10 to 15 days, it’s time to get back in shape.
You can consume probiotics during Step 2 of the parasite cleanse process. But once you get to Step 3, it’s really time to step it up. That means consuming several servings of probiotic foods per day. At the same time, stay away from junk food, and drink plenty of water. As for how long, 10 days is more than enough for Step 3.
In terms of a parasite cleanse, here are some tips to get through the process easily.
- If you must eat some sugar, eat prunes, dates, and apples, as they are the best low sugar fruits you can get. Citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange, and lemon are good, as they are rich in fiber and low on sugars. But most importantly, eat only raw and organic fruit.
- The best source for fiber is vegetables. Once you start Step 2, vegetables are the foods that will keep you moving. You can eat them in salads, smoothies, or mix them with eggs for a healthy meal. Yes, every now and then, you can add some meat to your veggie dish. Broccoli, kale, lettuce, spinach, beets, artichokes, parsnips, and celery are the best veggie options.
- The only bread you can eat at the start (Step 1) is whole grain bread. If you have to have pasta and rice, opt for whole wheat pasta and brown rice. These will fill you up and stave off sugar cravings.
- Last, but not least, nuts and seeds. Make sure to consume them raw, not fried with salts and oil.