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Understanding Parasitic Diseases – Some Basic Tips To Avoid Them

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Understanding Parasitic Diseases

Understanding Parasitic Diseases

Our bodies are micro-ecosystems in their own right. There are millions of microbes that dwell in different parts of the body – from the gut to the skin. Some of these microbes are good – they aid digestion while some of them are rather harmless. However, parasites can also infiltrate our systems and these are the harmful disease-causing agents.

What Are Parasitic Diseases?

To understand what parasitic diseases are – think of an external organism latching on to your body and using you as a host. This parasite then slowly consolidates itself in your body and starts taking your nutrients too. This reduces the energy and nutrients that your organs are supposed to get.

There are other complications too as the parasite grows larger or stronger. Some move around the body and cause horrible things to happen when they land up in the wrong place (e.g. neurocysticercosis). So as you can understand by now, parasites are not to be entertained at all.

There are different types of organisms that cause different types of conditions. These parasitic diseases can range from mild digestive disorders to serious complications in other delicate human organs. Parasites can take their toll in so many other ways too. The unexplained tiredness and other symptoms can affect mental health in the long run, if not addressed. Many who suffer from parasitic diseases are unable to concentrate and focus and this affects their work and personal lives.

How To Avoid Parasites In Our Regular Routines

There are certain ways you can prevent parasitic infections. Eating out and long-term traveling leaves you a little vulnerable on the hygiene front. The least you can do is stick to bottled water. Always check the cleanliness levels of an eatery before you have a meal there – if possible get a glance at the cooking area.

Pregnant women have to be especially careful since there are parasites that can cause complications to the baby. They should avoid cleaning up after their pets – cat litter is a major source of parasites. Another simple but very effective way to reduce the chances of parasitical infections is the regular washing of hands.

How we store our food is also very important. There are many parasites that are found in raw, uncooked food. Never bring raw meat in contact with your other food – make sure you keep it in the freezer and avoid having rare meat unless it is vouched for as parasite free. Vegetables that are used for salads need to be washed very carefully – a bit of vinegar in the water is recommended. You can also soak the veggies in brine solution – the salt will kill the organisms present.

Cleanliness around the home will greatly inhibit the growth of parasites. Use dustbins to store your garbage and handle carefully wearing gloves. Water puddles in the garden can help many organisms breed so do not allow stagnant water to collect near the house. Children especially need to be trained on hygiene as they can be very susceptible to parasitic diseases.

Detoxing to Get Rid Of Yeast

A yeast infection is a form of parasitic disease. The yeast can be growing on folds of your skin or it may have infiltrated your digestive system. Yeasts like Candida are found in the human body and rather inconsequential in small amounts but when it is allowed to get nourished and grow, the results can be severe.

From digestive bloating, constipation and diarrhea to chronic fatigue, the symptoms are very difficult to track and they can derail your lifestyle. One of the best ways to rid your body of parasitic infections by yeasts is to follow a detox diet.

Apart from some of the latest detox supplements in the market, you can adopt healthier eating habits. Yeasts like Candida thrive on carbs so you need to lower down your carb intake. That would mean no more fast food for a while as there are a lot of carbs and sugar there. High fiber diet also helps regulate your bowel movement and expel the yeast out. Eat probiotics supplements to replenish the good gut microbes that help in digestion.

Prevention is Always Better than Cure

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A smart and informed lifestyle is the best way to enjoy a healthy existence. Parasites can often live undetected for months and years in our system. Awareness about them and the risks involves helps prevent serious diseases. Get yourself and your family checked by physicians and keep an eye on your surroundings. Be parasite free and enjoy life to the fullest.

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