Parasite Detox Diet and Nutritional Protocols
Parasites are one of the most damaging, overlooked, and widespread health issues that many of us face today. Humans are hosts to nearly 300 species of parasitic worms and over 70 species of protozoa, some derived from our primate ancestors and some acquired from the animals we have domesticated or come in contact with during our relatively short history on Earth.
In humans, parasites that live inside us use up our vitamins, proteins and other nutrients, depriving us of optimal nutrition. Not only do they steal nutrients from our body, they also eliminate waste inside us, releasing their toxic metals, bacteria and viruses. Parasites are most commonly found in the colon, however, any part of the body is vulnerable to infestation: the lungs, liver, brain, blood, muscles, joints, skin, etc.
Symptoms of Parasites
According to the University of Maryland, “Parasites can live within the intestines for years without causing any symptoms,” making it hard to know whether we have them or not. A lot of the symptoms of intestinal parasites are also similar to many other disorders such as candida overgrowth, infection, etc., however, with the abundance of parasites and the ease of which they can enter our bodies, some, if not most, common health issues may be the result of parasitic infection.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is possible that parasites could be the cause:
- gas and bloating
- irritable bowel syndrome
- painful menstruation
- joint and muscle aches
- cravings, especially sugar
- skin conditions – mostly irritation/itching at nose, ears, eyes, anus – but also potentially rashes,
- hives, eczema
- sleep disorders
- hyperactivity, anxiety
- teeth grinding
- chronic fatigue
- fuzzy thinking
- runny nose
- blisters on lower lip inside mouth
- loss of appetite
- bad taste in the mouth
- vomiting (may return several times a year)
- weight gain OR may have trouble gaining weight
- food allergies
- dark areas under eyes
How to Get Rid of Parasites
So, what do we do to alleviate these symptoms and rid our bodies of these harmful creatures? DETOX. A parasite detox cleanse involves eliminating parasites from your body by killing them with powerful anthelmintic herbs, eating anti-parasitic foods, and flushing out the parasites and built up waste that they thrive on through drinking a lot of fluids and cleansing the colon.
The Parasite Detox Diet
While undergoing a parasite detox cleanse, it is important to support our herbal Parasite Detox Formula with a proper diet. Many resources are available on how to get rid of parasites with herbs, but not as many people discuss what to eat when consuming these anti-parasitic herbs.
In reality, there is no universal diet for everyone, as diet varies with age, lifestyle, environment, allergies, genetic history, and so many other factors. Therefore, we will not say exactly what diet to eat, but rather will share some of the most beneficial dietary tips to consider when doing a parasite cleanse.
Include Anti-Parasitic Foods in Your Diet
There are many foods that have anti-parasitic properties. When doing a parasite detox, it is recommended to include one (or more) of these foods with each meal. The most notable anti-parasitic foods are:
- Raw Garlic
- Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- Papaya Seeds
- Coconut Oil
- Honey (one can infuse cayenne pepper into the honey)
- Cayenne Pepper
- Sunflower Seeds
- Apple Cider Vinegar
When doing a cleanse, aim to include more of these foods in your diet than you usually would eat. This will help to support the effective detoxification and elimination of intestinal parasites, provided that other aspects of the protocol are also adhered to.
Drink A lot of Water
Water is essential for all of the body’s functions and it is important to drink adequate amounts of water each day. While doing a parasite cleanse, it is especially important to consume plenty of water, as this will help to flush the system and support the elimination of waste. The standard recommendation is 8 glasses of water per day, but you may want to increase this a little while doing a cleanse.
Make Sure to Consume Plenty of Fiber
Fiber provides the lubrication the colon requires to function properly and helps to support natural and smooth elimination—this is essential during a parasite detox. Fiber falls into two categories: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber serves many functions, which include providing a conducive environment for friendly bacteria, slowing the absorption rate of sugars, lowering serum cholesterol levels, and binding to heavy metals dumped by the bloodstream into the colon. Examples of soluble fiber foods include apples, prunes, figs, raspberries, carrots, oat bran, kidney beans, lima beans or (supplemental) psyllium husks.
Insoluble fiber complements soluble fiber by increasing bulk in the waste, preventing impacted bowel pockets (diverticuli), reducing the length of time waste stays in the body and absorbing bile acid released during digestion. Examples of insoluble fiber are brown rice, quinoa, millet rice, whole wheat, raw spinach, brussel sprouts and flaxseed.
Eat A Nutritious Diet
During a parasite cleanse, it’s important to follow a balanced diet high in nutrients and low in refined sugars and processed foods. Fiber is particularly important, as it keeps your bowel movements regular while you cleanse. A nutrient-rich diet is also important for strengthening your immune system as the parasites are flushed out of your body. Many natural practitioners claim that this, combined with a healthy dose of probiotics, will help protect your body against another infestation.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for the body, especially for the digestive system. We often think of germs as something that causes disease, but your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep the gut healthy.
Gut bacteria play several important roles in our health, such as communicating with the immune system and producing certain vitamins. Gut bacteria can also affect how different foods are digested and produce chemicals that help make you feel full.
During a parasite cleanse, it is possible that beneficial gut bacteria may also be harmed by the anti-parasitic herbs and foods. For this reason, it is recommended to take a good quality probiotic during, and especially after, the cleanse so as to repopulate the gut with healthy microorganisms. Our Zuma Nutrition Multi Strain Probiotic Formula is shelf stable and contains 30 billion colony forming units per capsule.
One of the most important things to do while on a parasite detox (or really any cleanse for that matter) is to avoid overeating. Eating large amounts of food may strain your digestive system and lead to indigestion of food.
Overeating can lead to buildup of waste in the colon, and this buildup of waste creates the perfect environment for parasites and other toxic organisms. When we do a cleanse, we want to eliminate this waste—not add to it! Therefore, it is essential not to overeat, but to only eat moderate amounts of food and to stop as soon as you start to feel full (or even before).
Stay Away from Junk Food and Poor Habits
If we have a parasite (or many parasites) we must not only focus on getting rid of them, but also ask ourselves how we got them in the first place. Often times parasites invade the body from contaminated sources of water, food, or soil. In this case, prevention and proper sanitation are essential.
However, there are certain foods and habits that compromise our immune systems, make us more susceptible to parasitic infection, and create an internal environment that allows parasites to thrive. If we want to get rid of parasites for good, we need to also get rid of the environment that attracts them and allows them to flourish within us.
While doing a parasite cleanse, it is important to avoid toxic substances in foods that may inhibit the bodies detoxification. This includes junk foods, refined grains, processed sugars, artificial preservatives, and any other one of the toxic chemicals that are so abundant in our modern food supply. It is also recommended to avoid poor habits like overeating, nail-biting, not washing your hands, and other things that may either introduce parasites to the body or may allow them to thrive once they’ve infested.
Most people are grossed out by the thought that they could have a parasite (or many parasites) in their body. However, parasites are some of the most abundant creatures on earth, and a pest to nearly all animals, as a parasite is characterized by its need to live off of the nutrients of its host.
Whether we like it or not, they exist, and it’s important that we are aware of them if we wish to lead a healthy life, as many health issues can actually be caused by parasites. To eliminate parasites from the body, one should use a potent formula like our Parasite Detox tonic, which contains therapeutic dosages of powerful herbs that have been clinically studied and proven to kill the adult, larva and egg stages of over 100 different types of intestinal parasites, including amoebas, giardia, worms, and liver flukes.
It is equally important that one follow a good protocol and eat a diet supportive of eliminating parasites from the body. Along with a parasite detox formula, diet, lifestyle, environment, sanitation, and good habits are essential for eliminating parasites from the body and preventing re-infestation so that one can stay healthy and parasite-free.