Help your body become healthier with these foods that keep parasites away. They aren’t just delicious, they super beneficial as well.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, parasites are organisms that use hosts to live at the expense of the latter. The bad news is, they are part of nature, and no matter how clean your environment, how very good your water provider is, they can still enter your body.
Our immune system and body processes just helped us in killing such parasites. There are even times we didn’t even notice it. However, we shouldn’t just rely on our body, we should also help it. How? By eating fruits, vegetables, and herbs that has properties and vitamins that parasites hate.
Here are some:
Aside from its rich-in-fiber properties, pineapple contains Bromelain, an enzyme that kills parasites such as tapeworm. According to some claims a diet rich in pineapple whenever you are diagnosed with a worm will help you.
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I’m also a witness with the power of pineapple. My labrador retrievers undergo a series of treatments as the worm that infested them is quite strong and showing a little tolerance with the worm laxative. I then researched about fruits that can help them and saw claims about pineapples. I gave it a try. In just a few days, there are no more worms in their stools.
Cucumber is 90% or more water and water is essential in flashing down the parasites, including the eggs of worms in the body. It is also composed of Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, which are hated by parasites and bacteria. Tapeworms, specifically hate cucumbers.
Virgin coconut oil has Lauric and fatty acids which are dubbed as a very good anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. There are also proven studies that the active substances in the virgin coconut oil destroy candida (harmful yeast) and Giardia (parasite).
Virgin coconut oil when ingested raw will cleanse your throat, digestive tract, and colon. This will also serve as a lubricant to your body giving the worms some difficulties in attaching to the linings of the intestines.
Spices that have a pungent aroma and powerful taste like turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, cayenne, ginger, and many more will irritate parasites like worm and some sing-celled organisms. They will surely want to get out as prolonged exposure to these spices will kill them.
With the scientific name Artemesia Annua, wormwood is used as a remedy to intestinal parasites. This is native to temperate Asia, but are now cultured to different parts of the world due to its wonders.
This herb has sesquiterpene lactones, which weakens the parasite’s membrane making them confused and weak. The immune system of the body will have an easier job then.
The Chinese have been using this herb for medicinal purposes. They dry it and turn it into a tea to cure tummy aches and to lower down a fever. However, there are some restrictions in using this herb because there are no concrete scientific findings showing that this can really help.
A tropical fruit that is abundant in Southeast Asia like the Philippines and Thailand, papaya is a very good friend to tummy, but a wild enemy to the parasites. This fruit contains papain, digestive enzymes, which condition the tummy making it hostile to bacteria and parasite.
According to some research, the seeds of papaya contains more papain than the flesh. Ground papaya seeds and mix it with honey — a very good and natural combination for parasites.
Papaya is one of the best foods that keep parasites because it’s super delicious.
Sauerkraut or “Sour Cabbage” is a fermented food. Makers use various lactic acid bacteria like Lactobacillus or Pediococcus that will result in the sour and tangy taste and longer shelf life.
Uncooked sauerkraut contains tummy-friendly live bacteria that will help in conditioning, making it not an ideal habitat for worms. This also has vitamin c that will make parasites uncomfortable.
Kimchi can also condition the body, thus, having the same effect.
It is believed that the substance called cucurbitacin, a type of amino acid that is found abundantly in pumpkin seeds, is effected in killing parasites such as worms.
Cucurbitacin paralyzes, making them lose their grip, giving the body a chance to eliminate them easily.
A study, which was published at US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, showed that naturally-occurring substances found in vegetables like pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are considered anthelmintics.
The research also noted that the indigenous people used pumpkin seeds for centuries as health remedies to sickness, which also includes parasitic infections.
Be Parasites Free, Be Healthy
Parasites are dangerous and we should not take them lightly. Though the body is heavily equipped with armor to fight them, it still needs help. You can do this by eating healthy (eating foods that keep parasites away), having an active lifestyle, and avoiding health-deteriorating activities.