All About Stomach Parasites
Discussing stomach parasites can be uncomfortable for most people. They cringe at the thought of these tiny inhabitants and ignore any information about them. But because we live around, breath in and consume things that can cause stomach parasites, it may be a good idea to find out what they are and how to avoid them.
One human being can be a host for 100 parasites. If someone is infected with stomach parasites they can experience fatigue, diarrhea, a weakened immune system and digestive disorders. A parasite can live on any living organism or host and this includes humans and animals. All parasites can vary in size and can be the tiniest of creatures or they can be as large as 100 feet long.
These organisms enter the body by way of sexual contact, food and water intake and through insects like misquotes. The parasites live by either getting nourishment from the things we eat or they actually eat us. Most people who have many types of parasites have compromised immune systems and are undernourished.
Stomach parasites steal vitamins and nutrients from the body and at the same time they produce toxins that can harm the host. They are responsible for many health problems and these problems will only become worse if a doctor cannot pinpoint the problem. But most doctors will not look for a parasite infection. Instead he will try to treat the symptoms.
People come in contact with parasites everyday. To make matters worse they set themselves up to be infected when they do not follow healthy guidelines. For example, it is a well known fact that parasites live in raw meats. The safest way to prepare meat is to thoroughly cook it and afterwards it is safe for consumption. But many people still like meats severed rare. The chemicals in junk food, sugars and fat can slow down the digestive process. Fecal mater can build up on the colon walls and cause constipation. This is the perfect atmosphere for stomach parasites to present themselves.
One of the most common ways people come in contact with stomach parasites is through the family pet. Any pet that has been tested and has worms should be placed in a garage or outside until the problem is gone. Many people do not realize that animals are capable of spreading 240 different diseases to people because of parasites.
The Roundworm is a parasite that is seen in humans as well as animals. The roundworm can lay 200,000 eggs daily and they are similar to an earthworm. They are known to cause upper abdominal discomfort, eye pain and rashes. With a severe infestation, these parasites can block the intestinal track and do damage to the colon and liver. The roundworm can grow as big as 15 inches long.
Hookworms are another type of parasite. The host becomes infected when the hookworm larvae enters the skin. They burrow through the intestinal wall and feed on the blood that is present. The symptoms in someone suffering with a hookworm infestation are a distended abdomen, iron deficiency, edema, and cardiac failure and in extreme conditions, even death can occur.
There are a few ways to make sure that you and your family do not have problems with stomach parasites. Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and if a family pet is ill, keep it away from the family until it gets better. Avoid foods that have chemicals like preservatives or additives and stick with fruits and vegetables. You can also benefit by cooking meats thoroughly before you serve them to your family. You can also increase the fiber in your diet to help with elimination.
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