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How to Get Rid of Parasites

While we tend to accept that our pets can contract parasites that disrupt overall health, the notion that humans can also have parasites living in the body tends to be a foreign one. The truth is that most of us will have unfriendly parasites in our systems at one point in our lives. For some time many believed that humans only got parasites if they traveled to exotic countries, but unfortunately that isn’t true. Anyone can get parasites—even those who don’t travel far from home. Do you have parasites? If so, there are easy things you can do to help yourself.

Types of Parasites

Types of parasites include roundworms, protozoa (one-cell parasites), flukes and tapeworms. Before you start to imagine huge worms crawling around your body, keep in mind it is estimated that 70 percent of all human parasites are microscopic—which means that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Despite the type of parasite, the good news is that there are lots of things that we can do to get rid of them and we don’t have to feel “creeped-out” by their existence.

How Do You Know if You Have Parasites?

How to Get Rid of Parasites - Natural Products Network

While the symptoms vary widely, some more common signs include nervousness, stomach bloating, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, itchy anus, sinus trouble and feeling hungry, tired and malnourished—even after eating a large meal. And while you should always consult your health care provider if you believe you might have parasites and need advice on a course of treatment, below are some more common tools people have used to rid their bodies of unfriendly critters.

Easy Ways to Fight Parasites

Garlic—Perhaps the easiest thing to do to help get rid of parasites is to add more garlic to your diet. Garlic contains Allicin and Ajoene—two components that work to kill parasites.

Wormwood –One of the most well-known herbs for parasites, Wormwood, contains the components thujone and isothujone, which help to dispel parasites from the body. Check out Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood, which is one of the highest-rated Wormwood supplements.

Colon Cleanse—Diets heavy in processed and fast foods can clog up the body. And just like garbage attracts unwanted bugs when left outdoors for longer periods of times, so can waste that sits in a backed-up colon (You get the picture). Thus, a gentle colon cleanse can help dispel waste and parasites from the system.  Some of the most well-known products for colon cleansing include Sonne’s Detoxification Pack— a highly regarded line of products which has been around since 1946.

Whatever path you choose to rid your body of parasites, remember to talk to your health care provider before starting any supplement or cleansing program.

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Natural ways to boost your energy for the holidays

Life can be especially hectic during the holiday season and that can add up to feeling especially tired and fatigued. Good thing that there are some easy natural foods and supplements that can help give you an added boost. Check out some of our favorites and make sure to check us out this Thursday on Daybreak to see us talk about them.

FlapJacked
Eating a great breakfast is a wonderful way to energize yourself first thing in the morning!  FlapJacked pancake mix is easy to prepare making it simple for the modern families busy and active lifestyles. FlapJacked is perfectly balanced to fuel your body and help control hunger. This delicious, protein-packed and fiber-rich pancake mix is made with only the highest quality ingredients such as whole grain oats, quinoa and coconut flour that provides the body with the essentials to stay healthy and feel great. They fortify it with Whey Protein Isolate and naturally sweeten with real fruit (no sugar added!). www.flapjacked.com

Maca Powder
Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. It was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for centuries. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. In fact, Incan warriors would often consume macs before long journeys and battles.  You’ll find a variety of Maca Powder products including Sunfood Superfoods Nutrient-Rich Maca Powder and TerrAmazon Organic Maca Powder. You’ll also find it in Vega’s delicious Maca Chocolate.

Kroeger Herb Products
When it comes to supplements that help to fight fatigue, it’s important that your body is able to recognize them as food so that it can utilize the nutrients. Since 1978 Kroeger Herb has been one of the leaders when it comes to making high quality supplements that work in synergy with the body. Among the most popular for energy include Anti-Fatigue, a unique vitamin formula designed to nourish your hard-working adrenal glands and Okra Vites, a multivitamin that uses Okra to lend support to the lymph system so that vitamins can be carried to wherever they are needed.

Goji Berries
Goji berries have been used in Asian herbal medicine for more than 5,000 years. The goji berry is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth and is packed with essential amino acids, vitamin A and more than 20 additional trace minerals and vitamins. Throughout time goji berries have been used to help increase metabolism and boost energy levels. You’ll find it in different products including Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Goji Berries and Himalania Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries.

Natural Flu Fighters

With more people becoming increasingly concerned about the Flu, many are looking for ways to protect their health. Below are some helpful, general (and easy!) tips to overcoming the flu and other viruses.

Plain ol’ Vitamin C – Even though most people know the benefits of Vitamin C, many don’t take it to boost their immune systems when they are concerned about illness—they take it AFTER they get sick. To choose the right Vitamin C for you, talk to your health care provider about which dosage you should take. Drinks like “C Monster” make it easy to get some Vitamin C and stay hydrated at the same time. Which brings us to the next point…

Stay Hydrated and Eat Whole Foods – Again, this seems like common sense, but often the most logical and clear cut health strategies are the ones that are most missed. To help keep your body healthy make sure to drink lots of fluids throughout the day (remember that soda and coffee do not count!) and eat whole foods – including choices that boost health and immunity.  Look for organic choices like garlic (natural immune boost) squash (helps clear toxics), asparagus (cleans the blood) and Elderberries (antiviral properties and flu-fighting flavonoids).

Hyland’s Products— Since 1903, Hyland’s has built a long a solid reputation for producing effective products. They are FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Hyland’s Complete Flu Care and new Complete Flu Care for kids feature two-phase action help to minimize flu symptoms at first onset and help relieve nasty symptoms after the flu has set in. We especially like their Cold ‘n Cough 4 kids, which helps to get rid of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion without side effects. www.hylands.com.

Hanna Kroeger’s Vyren and INF Blend – Hanna Kroeger is recognized worldwide as having been an expert in herbs and natural healing. When she passed she left behind a legacy of natural healing tools that people around the world continue to rave about. Made to help fight viruses, Vyren contains a combination of Raspberry Leaves, Basil and Lettuce. INF (Infection) Blend is meant to help combat the flu and other common infections and contains a helpful blend of Lemon Peel, Chamomile, Thyme, Cayenne, Yerba santa, Eucalyptus, Mugwort and Coltsfoot. To learn more, please visit www.hannasherbshop.com.

We are an educational resource, please consult your health care provider for medical advice.

Protect your kids from overlooked health risk

A leading health risk often overlooked as a possible cause for disruptive and irritable behavior in children, lead poisoning is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause various health threats. In fact, according to the CDC, lead poisoning can damage the kidneys, the nervous system, the reproductive system, cause elevated blood pressure and is especially harmful to the developing brains of young children and fetuses.

So how does a child end up with too much lead in his or her system? Most people know about the dangers of lead paint found covering walls of many older houses and apartment buildings. However, not too many people consider their child’s exposure to water run through lead pipes or the massive amount of environmental lead residue. The EPA estimates that more than 12 million children primarily living in urban areas are exposed to around 10 million metric tons of lead residue resulting from the use of leaded gasoline and paint. Even juice boxes can be a source of lead!

According to the Mayo Clinic the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

• Irritability

• Loss of appetite

• Weight loss

• Sluggishness and fatigue

• Abdominal pain

• Vomiting

• Constipation

• Unusual paleness from anemia

• Learning difficulties

You can get your child tested for lead poisoning, often for free. Start by checking with your local health department regarding lead screening guidelines specific to the risks in your area.  If your child does indeed have lead poisoning, you’ll want to talk to your health care provider before starting any treatment, but there are a number of natural remedies that might help.

Natural Strategies for combating lead poisoning  include utilizing homeopathic remedies specifically for lead accumulation. For instance, Hanna Kroeger Herbs makes a Plumbum (Latin for lead) remedy specifically to help dispel lead from the body. Helpful herbs for combating lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity include Alfalfa and Dandelion. Make sure to always buy organic or wild herbs that haven’t been treated with pesticides. And of course, it is important to identify the source of lead so that your child isn’t exposed again. Finally, don’t forget to test yourself and other family members for lead poisoning if your child tests positive! Other people in your family could also be at risk!