Every day, people use water in order to survive. Water is essential not only for survival but it plays important role in almost part of our lives. However, when water becomes contaminated, it can cause a variety of illnesses. One common contaminant present in water is parasites.
A parasite is an organism that lives on, or inside of, another organism. They can enter our body through food, drink, contact with animals, or even infected places. When a drinking water is contaminated with parasites, it could lead to serious health problems – severe pain, dysfunctions, and even death.
Water-borne diseases are linked to serious health problems. Sometimes parasites are underlying health problems that can cause on-going and long-term diseases. These water-borne disease parasites are present in the untreated water like lakes, rivers, and drinking water sources.
Access to filtered drinking water and avoiding contact with contaminated water sources are few of the safe methods available for preventing water-borne and parasitic infection. What are the potential parasites in the drinking water? How can we eliminate these parasites?
Learn about common parasites and its specific types found in the drinking water. In order to eliminate these parasites, one must understand its mechanisms. This would lead you to know how it could result in infection or lead to illnesses.
Cryptosporidium is a parasite present in lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. This can survive a long time in the water without a host. With treatment, this disease usually takes one to two weeks to subside. A cryptosporidium infection can be life-threatening for those with a weak immune system.
For people with the normal immune system, the symptoms typically last for 1-2 weeks and there is no medication required. However, for people with the compromised immune system, the infection can last longer and become more serious. The water must undergo filtration in order to remove Cryptosporidium.
It is also called giaradia, are protozoa that can spread very easily, especially among children. Giardia cysts can live in water for several months. It develops into an adult protozoa and attaches itself to the wall of the small intestine at the outlet to the stomach. Then it reproduces more cysts and becomes a parasite. If an infection occurs, it causes gastrointestinal illness.
This is one of the most common parasitic infections of man and other warm-blooded animals. It is believed to infect up to one-third of the global population. This infection may cause symptoms in infants especially with the weakened immune system and less to no indicators in adults. Toxoplasmosis may develop to patients, which is a serious and sometimes fatal disease.
Infection can spread through contaminated dirt and water, fruits and vegetables, undercooked meat, organ transplant, blood transfusions, and cat feces. This parasite enters the bloodstream once ingested. When a person has a healthy immune system, it prevents him to acquire the further infection.
A kind of parasite that is classified as helminth nematodes, also known as a type of roundworm. It feeds on a living host to gain nourishment and protection while causing poor nutrient absorption, weakness and causes illness in the host.
These parasites can lead to Guinea worm disease or dracunculosis. When people swallow these parasites found in drinking water, larvae move from the intestines to the skin, where they cause sores. Treatment is required before worms can be removed from the skin. Take note, this can take up to years to get rid the symptoms.
Entamoeba histolytica, or E. histolytica, can cause amoebiasis, or amebic dysentery. These amoeba parasites are normally ingested in drinking water contaminated with fecal matter. The fecal matter originally contains the amoeba.
Go for Natural!
The good news is that there are plenty of natural treatments that are effective at helping the body kill and remove various parasites.
Many parasites live in the body with the weak immune system. Some of these people have taken potent anti-parasitic herbs. But they can only have gradual and limited results. The best supplements ever will not remove all the parasites if one indulges in an unhealthy diet especially filled with processed foods and lots of sugary contents. Eliminating these internal parasites will allow your immune system to regenerate itself and restore your body to a much healthier condition more quickly.
Keep reading and find out the top 8 foods you use to eliminate parasites naturally.
Turmeric has several health benefits and one of them is known for the treatment of parasitic infections. You can add plenty of turmeric to your food dishes or make tea. You can also take supplements if the taste of turmeric is unpleasing to you.
Just be sure you are getting the natural turmeric because there many modern curry powders contain very little turmeric.
- Lemon Seeds
The seeds of lemon are very powerful when crushed can kill parasites. Slice an organic lemon and remove the seeds. Crush them a bit in your blender, then mix with a glass of water and drink it. If the taste doesn’t bother you, then consider chewing and swallowing it.
- Milk and Castor Oil
Take a glass (8 ounces) of warm milk, mix in two teaspoons of castor oil, and drink it right away. This mixture will kill parasites and get rid of your body through your bowels. Drink one glass a day for at least a week to kill all the parasites in your body.
- Seeds of Papaya
Most people throw out the black seeds of the papaya but the seeds help get rid of those nasty parasites. By the next time you eat a papaya, just swallow the seeds.
Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties that are a great remedy for killing parasites. Slightly crushed one or two cloves of fresh, organic garlic and take them every morning. If you do this as a routine, you can be sure you will be parasite free for as early as a week.
- Rice Vinegar
In all kinds, vinegar is good for many ailments, including freeing the body from parasites. The more acidic the vinegar is, the better. Mix one tablespoon of rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) in a glass of water and drink every day to kill parasites. If you are suffering from a severe infestation, drink 3 glasses every day.
- Pomegranate Juice
You can eat fresh pomegranates or drink the juice. Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice regularly will not only kill parasites, but it will keep your body free from parasites.
Coconut water can kill parasites. Chewing on raw and grated coconut will also kill parasites. If you want a double the intensity of killing the parasite, mix some finely grated raw coconut with the coconut milk and drink them together.
How can you prevent an infection? Here are simple ways to avoid infections at home.
- Cleanse, disinfect, and sanitize
- Stop consuming animal products
- Eat adequate raw fruit and vegetables
- Consider to cleanse your liver or take liver detox
- Get a good quality of probiotics
- Include herbs into your diet
- Cook meat to a safe temperature.
- Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
- Boil your tap or use a water filter if you will use it as a drinking water.
- Do not let your pets, like cats or dogs, get near your kitchen.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water after outdoor activities, especially before you eat or prepare your food.
- Wear gloves when you garden or do anything outdoors that involves handling soil; cats, for instance, may pass the parasite in their feces and they often use gardens and sandboxes as litter boxes.
- If you have pets, like cats at home, do not feed them with raw or undercooked meat. It would prevent your cats acquire Toxoplasma.
A person with a healthy immune system can fight against any parasitic infections. Having a healthy diet helps the immune system in two ways: the body receives the nutrients it needs to fight a parasitic infection and repair cells, another one, it builds new tissue and it provides the fibre from a diet.
Drinking tons of water will help your digestive system cleanse and free from the parasite. Water contamination is inevitable but there are many ways to prevent your drinking water be contaminated with disease-causing parasites. Be cautious and keen in all of your water sources not only at home but wherever you are.
Parasites are a creature that people have to learn to live with. They are in and around our waters for sure, especially where our animals or pets and perhaps children play. The best we can do is to keep our children and pets safe by being careful and by treating the water that enters into our homes. Safeguard your homes with the advanced water treatment methods suitable to your budget.
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