Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Could You Have Intestinal Parasites?


On June 26, Dr. Oz discussed intestinal worms.  I never gave it much thought until he said that 40 million Americans could have parasites or intestinal worms.  Children are particularly vulnerable since they like playing in dirt and putting their fingers in their mouth.  It gives me the creepy crawlies just thinking about the possibility of worms living in my intestines!  Ugh!  So with a little more research and watching his segment on worms, I came up with some advice for those that are now worrying if that could be why they are tired, losing weight, bloated, and have symptoms of IBS.  How do you know if you have worms and what can you do to get rid of them if you do?  Better yet, how can you prevent worms in the first place.  So here's the low down on these pesty parasites.

What are the common symptoms of parasites in humans?  
(Please keep in mind as you read these symptoms that these symptoms can also be related to other causes):

1. Bloating without specific cause.  If you are bloated because you just finished a Thanksgiving meal then you probably don't have worms; you have control problems.  If you are bloated due to PMS then you probably don't have worms.  If you are bloated because you are addicted to salt or soft drinks, then you probably don't have worms.  If you are always bloated then you could have worms.  Bloating without a specific cause is a symptom of other issues such as ovarian cancer (assuming you are female) so this one should never be ignored.  See your doctor.
2.  The color of your stool is yellow.  If the color of your stool is yellow and you didn't have 10 ears of corn in the last 24 hours then you could have worms.
3.  You are fatigued without specific cause.  If you are tired all the time and it isn't due to lack of sleep, partying every night, or working too much, you could have worms.   
4.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - alternating diarrhea and constipation, nausea, and intestinal cramps.  IBS can occur for other reasons than parasites.
5.  Itchy anus especially at night.  Pinworms are more active at night causing your anus to itch.  Children tend to get this type of worm so if they are scratching or complaining don't ignore them.  (Ugh!)
6.  Wheezing and coughing followed by vomiting and stomach pain.  Roundworms and  threadworms cause these symptoms.
If you have one or more of the above symptoms, you could have parasites living in your body.  What can you do?  

What can you do to get rid of parasites naturally?  

1.  Drink wormwood tea.  Drink one cup of wormwood tea every day for two weeks.  Wormwood tea kills roundworms. 
2.  Consume garlic or garlic supplements.  Eat 2 cloves of garlic every day or take a 1,000 mg garlic supplement.  Garlic kills all parasites.  
3.  Papaya seeds with honey.  Take 1/4 cup of papaya seeds with one tablespoon of honey every day for two weeks.

How can you prevent parasites from entering your body?

1. Wash your hands and your produce before you eat it.  Wash your hands frequently.  Always wash your hands before eating and make sure your children do the same.  Parasites live in soil so washing your produce is extremely important.  Even wash the skins of produce you don't eat before cutting it such as onions and melons.  Otherwise you can transfer bacteria and worms from the outside of the fruit or vegetable to the inside.   
2.  Avoid acid reducers.   Acid is what kills the bacteria and parasites in your stomach before they have a chance to move on.  If you must use an acid reducer, you should take garlic supplements daily.  
3. Eat plenty of garlic.  Garlic kills all parasites and bad bacteria but leaves the good bacteria in your intestines.  If you don't like the affect or taste of garlic, you can take garlic   supplements.  1,000 mg daily is recommended.

Please feel free to leave comments or questions.    

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