Parasite infection is a major health concern, though it is also underestimated and often overlooked. Millions of people across the globe are affected by these tiny irritants one or more times. Many harbor them inside their systems for years without even being aware of their presence. If left unchecked, they can cause serious health problems, which extend beyond just infections.
The best way to protect yourself against parasitic infections is to prevent parasites from entering your body in the first place. This can be challenging, considering that they may be transmitted through something as common as water and food sources. The exposure is also high for frequent travelers. But the good news is that you can prevent and protect yourself against parasitic infections by being aware and adopting some simple measures. Here are some tips that can help.
Know your enemy
When it comes to establishing a defensive strategy against parasites, knowing your enemy is the key. Parasites are basically of three types- protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites. Protozoa are the single-celled parasites that enter the body through fecal matter and insect bites. They can multiply in number after entering the host’s body.
Helminths are multi-celled organisms that cannot multiply within the host. Ectoparasites refer to the insects that can sting or bite humans and transfer parasites to their bodies. Common parasites range from tiny amoeba to larger tapeworms and ringworms.
Identify the causes of parasitic infections
Next, you need to identify the possible causes of parasite infection. Most commonly, parasites are propagated through contaminated water. They can spread not only by drinking infected water but also by bathing or swimming in it. Consuming raw or undercooked food that is infected by these organisms can be another reason.
Lack of hygiene practices can also put you at risk because parasites are found commonly in toilets and other dirty areas. People who do not wash hands frequently or repeatedly come in contact with infected areas are prone to getting parasites through contact. Similarly, not washing raw fruits and vegetables before consumption is a risk factor.
Eat an antiparasitic diet
While taking precautionary measures against infections is important, you should also take steps to fortify your immunity against them. According to Dr. Todd Watts from MicrobeFormulas.com, another way to prevent a parasite infection is to use certain foods, herbs and supplements in a safe way.
Foods like pumpkin seeds, papaya seeds, olive oil, garlic, berries, apple cider vinegar, and pomegranates are proven to be effective for eliminating parasites from the human system. Herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, black walnut hulls, olive leaf extracts, and mimosa pudica seeds are also recommended.
Avoid certain foods
Besides including some anti-parasitic foods and herbs in your diet, there are some foods that you should steer clear of. These include unwashed salads, pork, beef, organ meats, packaged foods, processed foods and sometimes, dairy products.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for the body but make sure that you check them and wash them thoroughly before consumption. Dairy products should be uncontaminated and preserved properly, besides being sourced from sustainable and organic sources.
Be aware of the symptoms
Timely diagnosis and treatment is the key to address parasitic infection effectively. However, this can be a challenge considering that these tiny organisms can lurk within your system for years. Being aware of common and lesser-known symptoms enables early identification and timely treatment.
Be vigilant of signs such as repeated bouts of stomach infections, compromised immunity, consistent fatigue, anemia, skin allergies, insomnia, lethargy, joint and muscle pain, and memory and concentration problems.
Take precautions while traveling
People who travel frequently need to be extra careful, particularly when traveling to underdeveloped countries where hygiene is lacking. Talk to a practitioner before traveling and learn about the precautions that you need to take. Get vaccinated if the practitioner suggests it. While traveling, avoid consuming raw produce and undercooked meats.
Drink clean, bottled water and avoid ice in your drinks and beverages. Wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with contaminated surfaces. Reduce swimming in open lakes and pools as they may be infected by parasites.
Even though parasites are almost everywhere and getting infected is easy, you can still counter them with the right approach and precautions. Remember that you have power over your own body, so don’t let in these parasites that are capable of invading your body and making you sick. Taking adequate precautions and working on your immunity helps to prevent them. At the same time, you should have a proper plan of action to get rid of them if they do manage to enter your body.