Natural Remedies for Parasites

A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism. The most common parasites live in your intestines and are usually tiny worms, that feed off of your food and nutrients.

Parasites are easy to contract, through food, water, undercooked meat and from the soil.

For such small creatures they can make some significant changes. Many people have hypothesised that parasites may cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The most common symptoms were listed on mindbodygreen:

10 Signs You May Have a Parasite

  1. You have an explained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other symptoms of IBS
  2. You traveled internationally and remember getting traveler’s diarrhea while abroad
  3. You have a history of food poisoning and your digestion has not been the same since.
  4. You have trouble falling asleep, or you wake up multiple times during the night.
  5. You get skin irritations or unexplained rashes, hives, rosacea or eczema.
  6. You grind your teeth in your sleep.
  7. You have pain or aching in your muscles or joints.
  8. You experience fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feelings of apathy.
  9. You never feel satisfied or full after your meals.
  10. You’ve been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia.

Have you been told you are the host to some little critters? Parasites are all too common, and mostly silently dwell in us, without asking permission or making us aware. But, with a few simple dietary additions you can treat them without taking antibiotics or damaging chemicals. Here is a link to another site that has some natural cures for parasites.

Papaya Seeds

Papaya is amazing for digestion, so while your eating the flesh get double benefits by eating a few seeds on the side too. They aren’t particuarly nice, but 1 tsp every day for 1-2 weeks is easily done. Make sure they are crushed to break open the seed and release the nutrients. Blending them in a smoothie disguises them well, or I just toss some through my breakfast.

papaya breakfast
Chia, flax, coconut milk, cacao, blueberries, banana and papaya with seeds

Home brewed Chai Tea

Mix a cinnamon stick, 1 tsp of cloves and 2-3 cardamom pods together in a tea pot. Fill with boiling water and steep for 5 minutes.

homemade chai

Drink this delicious concoction and reap the rewards. Together these ingredients are anti-parasitical, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. They help to relieve abdominal pain. The cloves work to  remove the parasite eggs.

chai tea

Garlic and Chilli

Both have antibiotic and antiparasitic effects. Add them liberally into your food, as these ingredients work to weaken and keep the critters at bay, while boosting your immune system.

chilli and garlic

Cut the Sugar

Everybody likes sweet treats, including the nasty bugs. Whatever you feed to yourself, you are feeding to them. So keep that in mind when reaching for a sugary food, as they will thrive off it.

Probiotics

Boost your gut health by introducing good bacteria to support your system. The GI system relies on having nutrition and balancing factors to help it fight for and maintain good health.

I have written about some cheap ways of making your own probiotic enriched foods. Check out: sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha.

These are all the measures I have taken when I begin to exhibit parasitic symptoms. In my personal experience they have been beneficial. I sourced this advice via my Natural Health Practioners, such as Chiropractors, Naturopaths and Chinese Herbalists. These remedies are from my personal experience of using natural foods to eliminate parasites. If you think you have some bugs in your tummy, talk to your health practitioner and ask what they would recommend you do.

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