• How to Tell If You Have Intestinal Parasites and What to Do About it

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    Intestinal parasites are parasites that populate the gastro-intestinal tract in humans and other animals. They can live throughout the body, but most prefer the intestinal wall. If you wanted to get rid of it try to read this article.

    Intestinal-ParasitesThere is a misconception that intestinal parasites only exist in underdeveloped countries. Indeed they are more common there, but they are much more common than you think in developed countries as well. It’s not a very nice thought to know that you are a host to a colony of intestinal parasites, but you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization you are one of more that 3 billion people who suffer from some type of intestinal parasites, and not all these people live in undeveloped and poor countries.

    What are intestinal parasites?

    Parasites in general are classified into many groups, but the two main types of intestinal parasites are helminths and protozoa. Helminths are worms with many cells that cannot multiply in the human body, such as tapeworms, pinworms, and roundworms. Protozoa, on the other hand, have only one cell and can multiply inside the human body and can cause serious infections.

    key symptoms of a parasite infection in the body

    1. Excessive food cravings or alternatively loss of appetite
    2. Weight lost
    3. Stomach pain
    4. Constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    5. Blood sugar fluctuations
    6. Skin disorders, such as acute itching around the rectum and other body parts, rashes or other skin irritations
    7. Anxiety and depression
    8. Sleep disorders
    9. pain or aching muscles or joints
    10. Fatigue and exhaustion
    11. Iron-deficiency or anemia
    12. Immune disorders with excessive number of bacterial, fungal or viral infections
    13. Diminished sex-drive
    14. Bloody stools
    15. Nausea or vomiting

    How to treat intestinal parasites

    The treatment for getting rid of intestinal parasitic infections can be done through conventional medication or through the use of alternative medical treatments.

    Conventional medicine

    If you suspect you have intestinal parasites, your doctor will be able to do a stool test to confirm it and use prescription medication that is most effective against your intestinal parasite.

    Alternative Medicine

    1. Herbs – some of the more commonly prescribed herbal treatments include: garlic, goldenseal, barbery, anise, Oregon grape, wormwood, wormseed, black walnuts, curled mint, cloves, oregano, thyme and olive leaf. Consult a physician before taking any anti-parasite herbal supplement.

    2. Supplements – consult a physician before taking any supplements to make sure they don’t interfere with current medication you take.
    – Probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacilus plantarum, Saccharomyces boulardii, and bifidobacteria help keep your digestive tract healthy and this discourages parasites.
    – Digestive enzymes help to restore your intestinal tract to its normal state, which makes it inhospitable to parasites. Papain is an enzyme from the papaya plant that may help kill worms when taken 30 minutes before or after meals.
    – Vitamin C – supports the immune system.
    – Zinc – supports the immune system as well.

    Preventing infection

    We’ve already mentioned that parasite infections is very contagious. You can easily pass parasites eggs onto anything or anyone you touch. Therefore it is important to wash your hands and maintain good hygiene habits to reduce the chances of further transmission. Wash your hands after going to the restroom and before eating or preparing food. If you travel overseas, pay attention to the quality of drinking water and the hygiene of the food you consume and wash fruits and vegetables well.

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