By Damilola Faustino
The ideal environment for parasites to live and grow in your body is promoted by a diet that includes refined carbohydrates, raw fish, and even inadequately washed fruit and vegetables. Parasites can cause health problems such as bloating, cramps, diarrhea, allergies, anal itching and even affect your mood with anxiety or depression. Picking them up is easier than you think: restaurants with poor hygiene, holidays abroad with impure water, pets and animals. Here are some foods you should eat to get rid of parasites.
Coconuts provide the fatty acid and lauric acid. The only other plentiful source of this is from lactating women; breast milk. When ingested, lauric acid is then converted to monolaurin and kills or inactivates protozoa, including several species of ringworm and Giardia lamblia. For tapeworms, it is suggested to drink the juice and eat the flesh of one fresh coconut first thing each morning then fast for 4 hours.
This fruit has a strong capacity to destroy worms, including most intestinal worms and tapeworm. To enhance their anti-worm powers remove the skin and soak in apple cider vinegar for one day. Then eat eight ounces of this pickled pawpaw and drink 2 ounces of the vinegar solution for 4 days. As a preventative, while traveling, eat a spoonful of papaya seeds once a day on an empty stomach. If you already have parasites, eat the seeds for one week, then wait a week and repeat.
Cayenne is a spice, closely related to the sweet red and chili pepper, and widely used in Mexican and East Asian cuisines. Also known as Capsicum, its botanical name is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘to bite’. It certainly does add a kick when used as a condiment with food. Start with small amounts before increasing quantities and it will help to repel parasites.
Bitter melon looks like an ugly cucumber. It is one of the most popular vegetables in Asia but an acquired taste for most Nigerians. In Chinese medicine, bitter foods drain ‘damp’ conditions such candida overgrowth and parasites. If you haven’t managed to acquire the taste but still want to benefit from the medicinal effect, take a 60ml shot of the juice.
Like garlic, onions release the enzyme alliinase when it is cut or crushed. A tip for preparing onions and avoiding the ‘crying factor’ caused by the sulfur compounds of onions, is to refrigerate the onions for an hour before cutting and use a very sharp knife.
For an anti-parasitic tonic, juice the white part of green onions and add 2 teaspoons of sesame seed oil. Take twice a day on an empty stomach for 3 days.
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