“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you”
- Joyce Meyer
Great health is a compound effect of little choices we make every single day. Conversely, disease and poor health can creep up on us with accumulated decisions. Choices we fail to make because in the moment we feel it doesn’t matter or the ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ mentality can have a far greater impact than we realize. When we aren’t experiencing health issues in the present, we may fail to notice that these seemingly innocent choices are leaving us vulnerable to infections and chronic issues.
Due to our busy lifestyles and overindulging, not just during family celebrations and national holidays, but regularly, our immune systems are woefully taxed. Our immune system gets to a breaking point and has trouble protecting and defending us when our bodies are confronted with pathogens that threaten our wellbeing. These parasites are ever present and take advantage of us when our body is weakened by our poor food and lifestyle choices.
Parasitic infection is far more common than the average person realizes. Most people believe and are under the erroneous impression that individuals in so-called ‘developed nations’ can only contract parasites by visiting countries far-removed from them with poor water treatment or by eating undercooked meat. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Besides contaminated drinking water or meats, parasites can come from insect bites, they can bore into our skin, even our beloved family pets can transfer parasites to us. We can become infected through everyday activities like gardening, swimming in a lake or creek, or on a weekend hike.
We know it’s extremely likely that we have been exposed to and could be home to these freeloaders. Who hasn’t had an insect bite or been around a pet? To eradicate these creepy critters, we must do a parasite cleanse. This sounds simple enough. Unfortunately, the modern-day eating habits of the vast majority of people can make completing a successful parasite cleanse more challenging.
Do parasites like sugar?
Parasites directly depend on their host for their nourishment and protection. They cannot make their own food. These pathogens worm their way into our bodies, make themselves at home and rob you. They steal the nutrients you consume to not just feast for themselves, but to lay eggs and take over more territory in their host. They do not stick to one organ system either. Parasites can travel to all organ systems, even the brain! Wherever parasites travel, they create dysfunction and disease in those tissues. Our normal bodily processes are disrupted and our health can swiftly decline. All the more reason to take action against them with an effective parasite cleanse.
So this begs the question, what foods feed parasites? Do parasites feed on sugar? The answer is a resounding yes. Parasites use sugar as their primary source of energy. They cannot survive without a steady supply. Parasites use amino acids and fatty acids in the creation of their eggs, but for their energy they use sugar. If their energy source is removed, eventually they won’t be able to reproduce. In order to win the war and accomplish a natural parasite cleanse, we have to create an anti-parasite environment depleted of what gives them energy. This is easier said than done since our patterns and lifestyles in the United States, and across the globe have evolved to include staggering amounts of sugar.
The Not So Sweet Side of Sugar
The United States ranks number one in average per person sugar consumption at a whopping 126.40 grams per day. That is the equivalent of over 30 teaspoons of sugar for every man, woman, and child in the country! Besides laying out the welcome mat and providing a perfect home for parasites, high sugar consumption comes with a frightening list of other potential diseases and side effects.
The most obvious outcome of excessive sugar consumption is obesity. For example, in addition to being number one in sugar consumption, the obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Sugar consumption and obesity have a direct correlation. The beverage of choice for the vast majority of people is soft drinks and is the leading source of added sugar in the American diet. An average can of soda has approximately seven teaspoons of sugar. That particular portion size doesn’t sound so scary at first until we realize that most drinks that accompany a fast food or restaurant meal are much larger and are often 2 or 3 times the size of a can. Those sugar amounts aren’t including the dips, sauces, and breading that harbor much more sugar than we imagine. Hidden sugars in commercial salad dressings, sweetened yogurts, and cereals advertised to be healthy are sabotaging even those who are attempting to make better food choices.
A more insidious result of high sugar consumption is the damage to our liver. The liver metabolizes sugar much the same way it does alcohol. Diets high in sugar increase the risk of NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) where fat collects in the liver. This can lead to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis where the liver swells and is damaged. Lowering sugar can help prevent this.¹
Type two diabetes is another danger with excessive sugar intake. Our body produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels to keep them within safe, healthy limits - not too high, not too low. Chronically elevated sugar levels exhaust the pancreas to the point it cannot keep up with the demand to produce insulin to keep blood glucose within the safe parameters. Eventually, a person not willing to reduce dietary sugar will have to take insulin in order to control their blood sugar concentrations. The result of chronically high glucose levels is damage to the brain, heart, nerves, kidneys, and can even result in diabetic coma.
What Not To Eat When You Have A Parasite
During a parasite cleanse, the number one thing to avoid is their main fuel source. So where does sugar lurk? Is sugar the only thing to avoid? Cookies, cakes, candy, and artificially colored cereals are obvious sugar sources. But as stated above, there are some seemingly healthy foods with high sugar content, sometimes more than the cookies!
Besides commercial dressing and sweetened yogurts, a surprising amount of sugar can be found in:
- Granola bars (a staple in most school-aged children’s lunches)
- Muffins and bagels (usually chosen over donuts as a “healthier” choice but still slam you with 8 teaspoons of sugar)
- Ketchup (cup vs cup, ketchup has 21 grams more sugar than vanilla ice cream!)
- Dried fruit (often sprayed with sugar and other additives to preserve their color)
- Applesauce (a small container of sweetened applesauce can have as much as 22 grams)
- Smoothies from popular franchises can have as much sugar as 2 cans of soda
- Nut butter and other staple sandwich spreads may be high in hidden sweeteners
- Flavored oatmeal
- Jams (don’t let the “fruit juice sweetened” label fool you! It can have just as much sugar as regular)
- Non-dairy milk options are often heavily sweetened
- Flavored coffees and bottled teas
- Jerky and other processed meats
- Protein powders and protein bars
- Coleslaw (may seem healthy because it’s full of vegetables but can pack 12 grams of sugar in a small serving)
- Sauces like BBQ, teriyaki, honey mustard, sweet and sour are extremely high in sugar
- Canned foods (including vegetables)
- Frozen meals
- Table salt (yes, even the wrong brand of salt will contain sugar!)
- Orange juice (a breakfast favorite chosen for its precious vitamin c, nails you with five teaspoons of sugar in only 8 oz! Remember that a can of soda has seven teaspoons in 12 oz, so orange juice has more sugar per ounce!)
As you can see, these everyday foods are loaded with sugar, making every day a holiday feast for parasites. This is not including the actual holiday foods we indulge in during special events that have an even higher sugar content. Not only does our sugar intake skyrocket, but our intake of fiber and nutritious foods plummet as we swap one for the other. Our bodies also begin to crave the sweets, causing us to reach for them even more. All this increased sugar dampens the immune system. To our long-term detriment, this ends up letting the parasites settle down for an extended stay.
Laying Out The “NOT WELCOME” Mat
Now that we’ve established what makes these parasites feel like they have access to everything and anything in the house, how do we kick them out and get them to leave? What are the steps to a natural parasite cleanse? How do we make a clean sweep of them now, and also prevent them from circling the block and staying again?
First, we must ruthlessly eliminate their primary fuel source. Remove all the obvious and hidden sugar suppliers in your meals.
Second, replace the hidden sugary substances with foods and choices like these:
- Cook up fresh, unprocessed meats and organic eggs for your protein sources.
- Add green onion or garlic and fresh herbs like thyme, ginger, turmeric or oregano for a burst of flavor. (Hint: Parasites do not like these tasty additions, they have anti-parasitic effects)
- Create low-carb side dishes, or consider a crisp salad topped with a tangy, homemade apple cider vinegar dressing.
- Include coconut oil in your food preparation which has natural anti-parasitic properties as well.
- Reach for crunchy nuts (parasites particularly hate pumpkin and sunflower seeds) or vegetables as snacks instead of the usual soda and potato chip combo of the past.
- Swing by your local farmers market. You’ll find many fresh foods and healthy alternatives that could be cheaper than conventional grocery store options.
In swapping out the standard sugary choices the parasites are accustomed to for the high-fiber, nutrient-dense ones they are not, you’ll send them a clear message that they will need to find food somewhere else!
Next, be patient with yourself during this transitional phase.
For a brief time, parasites can revolt because you’ve disturbed their comfy, sugary environment. This could stir up symptoms and cravings, much the way cleaning out a closet makes a room look worse temporarily before it looks better. But as your blood sugar levels start to stabilize and the parasites begin to leave, you will crave these new healthy foods.
Did you know that your taste buds only live for approximately 10-21 days?² As your taste buds change over, they will become more discerning in what they want. While you are simultaneously training the parasites their present home is no longer welcoming them, you will train your taste buds to desire these new health-boosting foods. You’ll begin to truly desire the foods nature intended for us to eat rather than artificial prepackaged foods that only rob us of health, suppress the immune system, and feed the parasites.
Then, after we’ve “locked the fridge” by getting rid of their food, it’s time to push these homewreckers out the door. It’s critical that the pathways out of the body are not blocked. Our initial groundwork for ensuring the hallways of the body are clear and flowing so pathogens can leave is the gut. The gut is the gateway to health both in what we absorb there, but also in what we successfully eliminate! The additional fiber you’ve added with the new food choices is a great start. This will begin to displace the parasites from your body. But to maximize the effectiveness, provide extra support with intestinal moving herbal formulas containing carbon-based binders. Some individuals pass parasites with products like these alone!
As encouraging as that would be though, we can’t stop there. That would not result in a complete parasite cleanse. That’s only the main hallway. Our lymphatic system needs tremendous support to drain out the pathogens living there since its network is not made out of muscles the same way our intestines are. Our kidneys and liver are also favorite parasite hang-outs and require herbal support driven and protected by carbon-based binders as well. The lymphatic system, liver and kidney pathways need these herbal supports collectively to make every inch of your body a "no loitering zone" for parasites.
Last, we need to address the biotoxins and wastes left from the sugar-munching moochers we’ve started to evict with our parasite cleanse. Basically, they’ve left candy wrappers, dirty clothes, and dishes that have started to mold everywhere. They’ve produced ammonia and other toxic wastes that cause systemic inflammation and create increased sensitivities. A biotoxin binding product grabs onto these poisons that are weakening our immune system and ushers them out of our body. Unlike traditional binders like activated charcoal, carbon-based binders can bind these toxins, and have restorative properties to upregulate cellular health. It upregulates oxygen production and feeds the mitochondria in your cells.
Watch your energy levels soar once these toxic metabolites from the parasites are removed! Healthy oxygen and energy pathways will begin to restore. Your mitochondria can then function as they were designed to, providing you with ample energy. You’ll never need those sugary boosts you once used to get yourself through the day.
A Real Reason To Celebrate
A successful, natural parasite cleanse takes time, some planning and discipline. But the resulting revival of your health, energy levels, and detox pathways will be well worth the effort.
Eliminating sugar will also help you avoid some very serious chronic diseases. With all those advantages, you will really have something to celebrate!
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