Have you ever wondered what worm and parasite infections are and where do they come from? Lee Holmes, founder of Supercharged Food, shares her expertise with us on the blog.
By Irene Falcone
If you want to learn more about intestinal worms and parasitic infestations, they are far more common than you might think *. Parasites are animals that live on another plant or animal, and they often affect the health of the place or person in which they live. All over the world there are thousands of different types of worms and parasites, including protozoa, parasitic worms, mites, and lice, that can cause symptoms or remain asymptomatic for years **. I know doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it?
If you are wondering if these little animals have made their home in your temple and you want to do something about it, there are steps you can take to really help.
While some worms or parasites are more common in certain parts of the world; Parasitic infection is a global health problem (I know – yikes!) *. To give you an example, H. pylori, the notorious parasitic infection that infects the epithelial lining of the stomach, affects roughly half the world’s population ***. That’s so much more common than you think.
So what causes parasites or worms?
Usually they can move into a home after consuming contaminated water, food, or contaminated soil. Even if you come into contact with contaminated faeces. Poor hygiene and hygiene practices can also lead to an infestation.
You may be wondering what are the symptoms of a parasite?
Parasite infestation can be diagnosed by a variety of measures, including feces, blood, endoscopy, or x-rays. While some infections can be asymptomatic and go undetected, the following symptoms can indicate an infestation.
· Stomach pain
· Decreased nutrient absorption
· Sleep disorders
· High temperatures
· Bad digestion
· Rashes and itching
· Stool with blood or mucus
· Inexplicable weight loss
· Weight gain or weight loss
If you are concerned, the best thing to do is to have a test done to see if you are doing this or not and then look for safe and effective solutions for parasite treatment and long-term prevention.
If you’re looking for ways to treat them, parasites and insects are common but can be difficult to treat. Unfortunately, while antibiotics can treat some parasites, they form an unhealthy gut microbiome. We are also there for prevention rather than cure!
Diatomaceous earth can be a ninja in the parasite control department. They are the fossilized remains of diatoms that were once microscopic algae. Diatomaceous earth is a safe and effective insecticide. It absorbs the outer layer of insects and dries them out (dries them out), killing lurking parasites and their eggs ****. Diatomaceous earth improves the health of the microbiome and removes parasites, metals, toxins and worms.
Several studies confirm the influence of diatomaceous earth on the prevention and treatment of parasitic worms and diseases **. A study in organic and free-range chickens found that chickens fed diatomaceous earth had lower levels of Capillaria FEC, Eimeria FEC and Heterakis worms than the control group of chickens. In addition to the parasite-fighting effects, chickens that ate diatomaceous earth laid larger eggs with more yolks ****.
The good news is that it is a very safe and natural solution, and not only does it prevent and eradicate parasites, it also provides minerals and trace elements like selenium and zinc that help the host cope with the parasite load **** *.
What else does kieselguhr do for you?
In addition to eliminating parasites, diatomaceous earth is a source of food grade antioxidants. It is beneficial for removing toxins, improving hair, skin and nail health, improving mineral absorption, reducing gas and wind, and strengthening the immune system.
Directions for use: Take one tablespoon of diatomaceous earth daily for seven days if you have a parasitic infection. When using diatomaceous earth, make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
* Kumar, H., Jain, K. & Jain, R. (2014). A study on the prevalence of intestinal worms and the effectiveness of anthelmintics. Medical Journal, Armed Forces India, 70 (2), 144-148. doi.org/10.1016/j.mjafi.2013.12.009
** Wiewióra, B., Żurek, G. & Pańka, D. (2015). Is vertical transmission of Neotyphodium lolii in perennial ryegrass the only possible way for endophytes to spread? PloS one, 10 (2), e0117231. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117231
*** Hooi JKY, Lai WY, Ng WK, Suen MMY, Underwood FE, Tanyingoh D, Malfertheiner P, Graham DY, Wong VWS, Wu JCY, Chan FKL, Sung JJY, Kaplan GG, Ng SC. Global prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection: systematic review and meta-analysis. Gastroenterology. 2017; 153: 420-429.
**** DC Bennett, A. Yee, Y.-J. Rhee, KM Cheng, Effect of kieselguhr on parasite load, egg production and egg quality in free-range laying hens, Poultry Science, Volume 90, Issue 7, 2011, pages 1416-1426, ISSN 0032-5791, doi. org / 10.3382 / ps.2010-01256. (www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032579119420300)
***** Ikusika, OO, Mpendulo, CT, Zindove, TJ & Okoh, AI (2019). Fossil shell meal in animal production: a review. Animals: an open access journal from MDPI, 9 (3), 70. doi.org/10.3390/ani9030070
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