Parasites are organisms that live on or within another organism, called the host, and depend on it for survival. They obtain nutrients from their host, often causing harm and sometimes leading to disease.
There are different types of parasites, including protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites. Protozoa are single-celled organisms that can cause diseases such as malaria and amoebiasis. Helminths are multi-cellular parasites that include worms such as tapeworms, roundworms, and flukes. Ectoparasites are parasites that live on the surface of the host and include fleas, ticks, and lice. The most common that humans deal with is tapeworms. Believe it or not, it affects so many of us health-wise that we never consider this when it comes to illness.
Parasitic infections can be acquired through contaminated food or water, close contact with infected animals or people, or mosquito bites. The symptoms of a parasitic infection can range from mild to severe and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and malnutrition. If you notice bloating and flatulence, worms as parasites could be the culprit. I advise at the top of the year for everyone to do a complete detox. I also advise that this been done at least 2 to 3 times a year to ensure gut health. Our gut biome is filled with billions of bacteria of which some are good and some are not. When we consume un-cooked or under-cooked food. This leads to parasite infestation. There are many products on the market, but they are so harsh and can make you quite ill. I love a good tea cleanse. In my experience this has been the most effective and safe way to detox the body without going through a potential healing crisis. If you’ve experienced one before, IT IS NOT PRETTY!
Diagnosis of parasitic infections is done through laboratory tests, such as stool analysis or blood tests. Treatment depends on the type of parasite and can include medication, surgery, or a combination of both. Prevention of parasitic infections involves good hygiene practices such as washing hands frequently, cooking food thoroughly, and avoiding close contact with infected individuals. Travelers to countries with high rates of parasitic infections are advised to take precautions such as using insect repellent and avoiding contaminated food and water. Contact us directly, as we can custom formulate a 1 week to 30 day system cleanse.
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