Did you know that the longest tapeworm ever found in a human’s intestines was more than 82 feet long? 82 feet is the length of a standard swimming pool. This is really shocking, right? This is why you should be very careful and take care of your body. The real and ugly truth is that parasites such as tapeworms are far more common than we tend to believe. And yes, they affect people in developed nations, too. In this article we are going to show you the most common parasites found in North America, early warning signs and how to protect yourself – in all natural way.
Parasites in North America
According to the latest statistics, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the researchers have found that millions of Americans play host to parasites every single year. And the worst thing is that some of these parasites can live undetected inside a human host for many years.
There are three types of parasites that affect humans.
Protozoa are one-celled organisms and they can’t be seen with the naked eye. These parasites can function both as parasites and on their own. The medical experts say that when these parasites affect humans, they tend to multiply, resulting in serious infections that begins when single protozoa manages to get in. You should also know that these parasites are usually contracted through contaminated food, water, or feces. Other protozoa live in human blood and tissues. Some can even find their way in through mosquito or sand fly bites. These are the four types of protozoa: sarcodina, matigophora, ciliophora, and sporozoa.
This type of parasites are multicellular organisms and adult helminths can be seen without a microscope. Helminths do not need a host to survive and cannot multiply in a human body. They include roundworms, flatworms, and thorny-headed worms.
Have you ever heard of the term – ectoparasite? Well, if your answer is no, you should know that ectoparasites is a general term that refers to any insect that burrows into the skin and lives there for a period of days, weeks, or months. The bad thing about these parasites is that most people will come into contact with them at some point or another. Ectoparasites include ticks, lice, mites, and fleas. You should also know that these parasites are likely to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, as well as other pathogens.
The Difference Between a Parasite and A Parasitic Infection
So, what’s the real difference between a parasite and a parasitic infection? First, you should know that not all parasites cause diseases when they affect a host. The medical experts warn that some may live relatively undetected. Others grow, reproduce, or give off toxins and can cause serious diseases – this is called a parasitic infection.
You can take this for example: malaria is a parasitic infection that caused 438 000 deaths in 2015 out of 214 million yearly cases. Parasitic infections such as malaria tend to thrive in warm, humid regions close to the equator. It’s estimated that 3.2 billion people (nearly half of the world’s population) are at risk of malaria.
Humans can contract parasites from the following sources:
- Eating unwashed fruits and vegetables
- Travelling to an area known to have parasites
- Poor hygiene or sanitation
- Contaminated water
- Close contact with infected humans
- Close contact with animals
- Eating undercooked meat
Symptoms to Look Out For
Note: you should know that it’s extremely important for you to recognize the symptoms of a parasitic infection, especially if you’ve acquired it in a foreign country.
You should be very careful and visit a clinic or hospital if you notice any of these warning signs:
- Abdominal pain
- Gas and bloating
- Frequent bladder or yeast infections
- Rashes or itching around the anus or genitals
- Dysentery (loose stools that contain blood or mucus)
- Feeling tired
- Weight loss
- Getting sick easily and often
- Mouth or lip sores
Can Parasites Be Treated Naturally?
Well yes, the nature has its own natural weapons against all types of parasites. Note: but, if you think you might have a parasite, you should always talk to a health professional right away. If your symptoms persist or worsen, get to an emergency room or drop-in clinic immediately. And, when you have your diagnosis, you should start taking this simple tea to help your body clear itself out. This homemade parasite-cleansing tea is very simple and easy to make. You just have to follow the simple instructions. Here’s what you need to do:
Parasite-Cleansing Tea – RECIPE:
You will need the following ingredients:
- A thin slice of ginger
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ tsp of cinnamon (optional)
Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to grate ¼ clove of garlic and ½ a slice of ginger into a small saucepan. Then, you need to add powdered cinnamon or grate in a small piece of cinnamon bark. After that, you need to add a cup of water and heat on your stove at the lowest setting. Note: when it starts to boil, you need to remove it from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes or so. And remember, if you want to add a bit of raw honey, wait until the tea has cooled to room temperature.
How to use it:
Make sure you drink it 2-3 times a day, before all meals.
About the ingredients:
Garlic – we can easily say that garlic is one of the healthiest foods on the plant. This super healthy ingredient works as a natural remedy that kills parasites and enhances immune function. Its main compound, allicin, is responsible for most of the bulb’s health benefits, including blood pressure and cholesterol regulation.
Ginger – this super healthy root has many health properties, such as: anti-parasitic properties, which are really powerful and effective when they are combined with cinnamon. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.