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How to Get Rid of Parasites

While we tend to accept that our pets can contract parasites that disrupt their overall health, the notion that humans can also get parasites tends to be a foreign one. The truth is that most of us will have unfriendly parasites in our bodies at one point in our lives.  Also, the truth is that anyone can get parasites—even those that don’t travel far from home. For some time many believed that people only got parasites if they traveled to exotic countries, but that just isn’t true.

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.

So how do you know if you have parasites and if they are affecting your overall health?  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.

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. Looking for a parasite cleansing kit that features Wormwood? Check out Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood Kit, which features Wormwood and other products that work in synergy to help rid the body of parasites.

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 Organic Food— 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.

Easy Summer Cleansing Tips

OK, this time you swore that you weren’t going to do it, but between the weekend parties and restaurant outings you ate, ate and ate some more. No worries! Even if you’re feeling as heavy as a bowling ball, here are some easy cleansing recipes and tips to make you feel light on your feet again.

Simple as Soup

Incorporating soup into your diet after overeating may be just what your body needs. Try making a huge pot of this light, but nourishing vegetable soup and eating it throughout the week.

Super Veggie and Tofu Soup
Serves 8

1 package tofu, firm, cubed
1 Tbsp. hot sauce (Use your favorite)
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. parsley
1 bay leaf
1 pinch thyme
1 can vegetable stock
3 Tbsp. flour
1 package pearl onions, peeled
1 bunch organic carrots, peeled, chopped
1 tomato, peeled, chopped
4 medium size red potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup green beans
1 cup yellow squash, sliced
1 cup zucchini, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish

Brown tofu in oil and hot sauce over medium heat in large deep pan. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 9 cups of water, spices and vegetable stock and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and cook with lid slightly cracked for 1 hour. Mix flour and 1 cup water by shaking in a closed container and add to the stew. Stir in flour mixture well and then add vegetables and cook covered on med-low for about an hour, or until vegetables are tender, but not mushy. In the last 15 minutes add the tofu back in. Stir in more water if the stew gets too thick for your liking. Add fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste. Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese.

Make my Clay
Who would have thought that clay can be good for you? Sold in natural health stores, liquid clay or Bentonite, as it’s more commonly known, features an absorbent action that allows it to bind to non-nutritive substances such as herbicides and other potentially harmful waste so that yucky stuff can be expelled from the body. Not for everyone, especially those with intestinal issues, make sure to consult your health care practitioner before using it to cleanse your system. Our favorite brand is Sonne’s No. 7. Use in conjunction with Psyllium Seed to intensify the cleansing effect.