Parasites are one of the most overlooked causes of illness. The symptoms and signs can be similar to many other illnesses, making parasite diagnosis even more tricky. If you have any of the following gut or non-gut symptoms, then ruling parasite infection out is crucial to a correct diagnosis.
Gut symptoms include:
Loss of appetite / increased appetite
Diarrhoea / constipation / flatulence
Nausea / vomiting
Non gut symptoms include:
Chronic fatigue, brain fog
Muscle / joint pain
Parasites are difficult to treat medically and naturopathically, mainly due to the resistance that these bugs have developed, as well as the infected person's general health and immune function.
Naturopathically, there are effective antimocrobial herbs I prescribe such as Garlic, Black Walnut, Wormwood; essential oils such as Clove, Oregano, Thyme, and specific probiotics.
There are also formulas that reduce the infection and inflammation in the
gut so that it heals well and becomes less attractive to parasites.
The best diet for eradicating parasites needs to be tailored to the individual but generally the do's and don't's are:
DO include veggies in every meal, wash well, lightly steam
DO include bitter foods such as rocket, raddichio lettuce, watercress, lemon
DO drink green smoothies to alkalise the body
DO include fermented foods eg sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha
DON'T consume juice, sweet products or dairy produce
DON'T eat sweet starchy veggies such as potato, carrot, sweet potato
DON'T drink alcohol
DON'T eat grains such as wheat, barley, oats, rice
There are many more approaches but not all are needed at once. More importantly, allow 3-6 months to treat.
You don't need to put up with gut and non-gut symptoms forever. Contact Christine for an appointment to discuss an individualised approach.