Hear the word parasite and your first reaction is probably “Eww!’’ And with good reason. A parasite is an organism which eats, reproduces and secretes just like other organisms. They are an advanced species, which can survive and breed while remaining undetected 계약서 다운로드. It makes sense, then, that these little critters can make your life very difficult, causing different health issues.
There are more than one thousand parasite species. Depending on their type, they eat different things. There are large parasites which are usually worms and small parasites which are microscopic. Some of them live off the food we eat and mainly exist in the digestive tract. Other parasites attach themselves anywhere on the body and feed on the nutrients and energy from your cells.
These parasites often eat the nutrients and energy before you can get to them, which means your organs and skin don’t get the nutrients they need.
Who’s at risk?
Anyone can get a parasite infection, but some people are more at risk than others.
- Having an illness or a weak immune system.
- Living or constantly travelling in tropical or subtropical regions of the world.
- Lacking a clean supply of drinking water.
- Through sexual contact.
- Through the skin or nose.
- Via a mosquito, flea or housefly.
- Eating contaminated food.
- Swimming in lakes, rivers or ponds where parasites are common.
- Working in childcare or with soil regularly.
How parasites affect your skin
As your skin is the fastest way to get rid of an infection, parasitic infections may also cause breakouts and swelling while your body tries to get rid of it. This can cause any of the following symptoms:
- Small, itchy bumps
- reddening & inflammation of the skin
The most common systemic effects from parasites include:
- difficulty gaining or losing weight,
- digestive problems,
- food sensitivity,
- joint and muscle pains
- bacterial or viral infections.
Left untreated, health problems caused by parasites may become chronic and cause parasitic infections. Malnutrition may occur, specifically in children, as parasites rob the body of food or prevent food from being absorbed properly. This causes kids to be underweight or their growth to be stunted. Intestinal worms like the hookworm can cause anemia, a condition where there’s a lack of red blood cells.
It gets worse.
If parasites stick around for a long time, they contribute to the development of food allergies, and even death in severe cases, as they drain all the resources your body needs to survive.
The best way to protect yourself from parasites is to make your body a bad host. Do this by creating an environment a parasite wouldn’t want to live in. Your gut is filled with bacteria and a healthy gut has about 85% good bacteria that keep your gut in check. The good bacteria protect you from the bad guys (viruses, parasites and harmful bacteria). To keep your gut in top condition, fill up on probiotics. Probiotics help produce good bacteria that support your body, by closing gaps in your gut’s barrier cells.
Good gut tips:
- Include probiotics like yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut in your diet. Ask your doctor about a probiotic supplement.
- Balance your diet with enough fibre, vegetables, fruit, wholegrains and nuts. Fibre helps empty parasites from your intestines and a healthy diet improves your immune system.
- Limit dairy, sugar and fat as parasites thrive on these.
- Cook fish, beef, chicken and other meats thoroughly.
- Wash your hands before and after using the toilet.
- Wear gloves when gardening or working with soil.
- Wash fresh vegetables carefully.
- Deworm your pets regularly and handle kitty litter with gloves.
Your doctor will prescribe medication depending on the type of parasitic infection. If you experience any symptoms of an infection and have reason to believe you were exposed to parasites, talk to your doctor immediately.