Detoxification: Parasite Cleanse
They're ugly, unpleasant, and cause disease. Who wants to think about parasites? But in reality, parasites are all around us, and part of the natural world. They end up in our bodies through the foods we eat, the water we drink and other activities. Chances are good that somewhere, at some time in your life, you've ended up with a parasite. Detoxification can remove parasites, and a parasite cleanse may be just what you need to complete your personal detoxification regimen.
Parasites Love the Colon
Parasites are creatures that feed off a host. Parasites can invade many parts of the body, but they are most commonly found in the colon. With its many folds and turns and constant food supply passing by, it's the ideal environment for many common parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms, pinworms, and a whole host of ugly critters.
Symptoms of parasite infection can mimic many other symptoms of diseases. You may be carrying a parasite load and unaware of it. If left untreated, a parasite infection can weaken the host and set the stage for chronic diseases, illnesses and other problems.
Because herbs used in parasite cleanses can be harsh on the body, many naturopathic physicians recommend that patients have their stool tested to identify the exact parasites present. If you would prefer to be certain you have a parasite before embarking on a parasite detoxification program, see your naturopathic doctor to arrange for such a test. Typically, you are asked to collect a stool sample, which is then sent to a lab for analysis and parasite identification.
There are many ways to detoxify from parasites. If you are certain you have a parasitic infection, a naturopathic doctor may advise you to take specific herbs to cleanse the colon and remove the parasites. You can also purchase herbal blends for parasite detoxification. Use caution when taking herbal blends on your own, and follow label directions for the proper dose and duration.
The most popular herbs for parasite cleansing include:
• Black walnut
Every day, scientists seem to learn new things about the colon that increase our awareness of its importance. At one time, the colon was thought of simply as a waste tube – the organ that eliminated the leftovers from digestion. Today, new research indicates that the colon is vital to immune system health and even our mental health! Serotonin, the brain chemical thought to regulate depression and anxiety and uplift moods, was once thought to be produced in the brain, but new research indicates that the majority of serotonin may actually be produced in the gut. There is a strong link between intestinal health and overall health!
Colon cleansing and detoxification is important for overall health and well-being. A raw, living foods diet is wonderful for colon health. Many people visit a professional for a colonic, a manual method of cleansing the colon that removes impacted waste and stimulates proper elimination. At home enemas are also used to ensure a clean, healthy colon.
Don't panic if you suspect parasites are at work. Visit a naturopath or use an at home preparation. Take loving care of yourself. Visit a professional for a colonic or an enema for thorough colon cleansing. But most importantly, keep eating raw and living foods. Nutrient-rich and fiber dense, they provide the basics as nature intended for proper elimination and colon health.
Written by: Jeanne Grunert
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