Parasites, worms and bacteria can infect the intestinal tract but individuals with weakened immune systems, low hydrochloric acid, leaky gut syndrome or imbalanced gut flora are more susceptible. Those who follow a vegetarian or a vegan diet are also more likely to be infected by parasites as the hydrochloric acid in the stomach weakens as they no longer need to digest heavy foods such as meat. Pathogens, a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease, can be picked up from contaminated food, water, pets, air pollution and other sources. Pathogens are everywhere but it is the inside state of your gut that determines whether they choose to invade your intestinal tract or not.
Parasites can cause an inflammatory effect on the gut wall which can hinder the ability to produce digestive enzymes and can cause vitamin and mineral insufficiency symptoms due to the malabsorption of nutrients. Undigested food particles, bacteria and toxins can also flow through into the bloodstream which can cause further damage to the body and lead to other illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders and more.
Signs that you may have a parasite infection include fatigue, bloating, flatulence, food intolerances, abdominal pain and cramps, autoimmune diseases, fever, diarrhoea, colitis, anorexia, bloody stools, constipation, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain, mucus in stools, nausea, rectal itch and/or bleeding, skin rash, vomiting.
To eliminate the parasites it is very important to remove gluten, alcohol, processed foods from your diet as well as most grains and all sugars (including majority of fruits) as this is what parasites feed on. Your diet should mainly include vegetables, pulses (legumes), salads, nuts and protein foods.
Important additions to add to your diet which have anti-microbial and fungicidal properties include:
- Raw Garlic (can be cut into small cubes and swallowed with water- there will be minimal odour if consumed this way)
- Peppermint (this can be taken as a tea -peppermint helps to reduce intestinal fermentation and expel flatulence, same as Curry spices)
- Curry Spices
- Extra-virgin Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil (contains lauric acid that when digested effectively kills bad bacteria in the gut and other pathogens)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (increases stomach acid - take a Tbs in water before each manin meal)
- Pumpkin Seeds (great for treating parasitic worms - make sure you soak them to remove the enzymes theat inhibit proper digestion)
- Raw Grated Carrots (great for treating parasitic worms)
It is also very important to take Parasite Cleansing Herbs. You can either take capsules of Black Walnut, Clove and Wormwood. I use Rawlicious Anti-parasite Cleanse or in liquid form, Nature Fresh Parasite Remedy, which is available at most pharmacies and health shops in South Africa. It is also important to make sure your water source isn't contaminated - collect water from natural springs or buy a water filtration system for your home.
It's important to follow this diet regime for two to four weeks. After four weeks if symptoms have improved you can slowly start to introduce grains and healthy sugars back in to the diet and start to take probiotics. Probiotics should not be taken the same time as the cleansing supplements. Be mindful to watch your symptoms when introducing gluten products, healthy sugars (from fruit and raw organic honey) and grains back into the diet. If bloating, abdominal cramps and flatulence occur then you may have a food intolerance or the parasites aren't completely cleared from your system.
Mindfulness Memo: Do not use if you are pregnant or lactating. If you have ulcers, colitis, or have had colostomy, consult a health practitioner.