• Parasites are tiny living organisms that take up residence in peoples’ bodies. They are microscopic life forms that cause infection and uncomfortable or painful symptoms. They enter the body through inhaled air and through food and liquids that people consume. The most dangerous parasites (not often found in the United States) cancause death.


    About parasitic infections


    When parasites invade the body and reproduce, infections occur. Organs and body systems are damaged and illnesses develop. Common parasitic infections in humans in the United States include trichomoniasis, cryptosporidiosis, trypanosomacruzi, cysticercosis, giardiasis, and toxoplasmosis.


    • More than 60 million people have toxoplasmosis gondii as chronic infections.
    • Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted parasite that afflicts over 3.7 million people.
    • Over 300,000 people have persistent trypanosomacruzi infections; 1,000 people are hospitalized every year with cysticercosis (pork tapeworm)

    Globally, malaria is a well-known parasitic infection that kills over 650,000 people each year, mostly in sub-Sahara Africa.


    What are the symptoms of a parasitic infection?


    Contaminated foods and liquids are the common gateways for parasites entering the human body. Common symptoms of parasitic infectionsinclude:

    • Gas and bloating
    • Fatigue
    • Stomach cramps
    • Fever
    • Severe or recurring diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Headaches
    • Skin rashes
    • Swollen lymph nodes
    • Itching
    • Body aches
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Upset stomach
    • Mental fog
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Passing worms in bowel movements
    • Weight loss

    What are parasite cleanses?


    A parasite cleanse is designed to rid the body of parasitic organisms without the use of prescription medications. It is usually accomplished with supplements, a specific diet, or detox products. Wormword is a common ingredient in many parasite cleanses. It contains compounds that facilitate cleansing as well as powerful antioxidants.

    Other plants often used in parasite cleanses include:

    • Diatomaceous earth
    • Oregon grape
    • Grapefruit seed extract
    • Neem
    • Olive leaf
    • Oregano oil
    • Cloves
    • Black walnut
    • Barberry
    • Propolis

    Parasite cleanse diets incorporate anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, the most common being ginger, turmeric, and garlic. Cleanse diets eliminate or minimize dairy, gluten, greasy foods, and processed foods. Eating natural foods is key to an effective cleanse diet.

    Parasite detox foods are typically high in antioxidants. Some healthcare professionals recommend taking prebiotics and probiotics to restore the digestive system and reduce the risk of parasite infections.

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