Parasites are like unwelcome guests. They show up unannounced and stay way too long. They eat your food, use up your energy, and leave your house a mess.
Though you may have succeeded in kicking out some of them in a parasite cleanse, you may feel others are lingering. Or, maybe your gut health just isn’t as good as you suspect it could be.
If you’re in such a situation, it’s time to give your long-term “guests” an extra push to leave.
Two ways to step up your parasite-cleansing regimen are the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge and the Full Moon Challenge.
Here’s a closer look at why it’s time to kick out your parasites for good, as well as how to do the challenges.
Why You Should Evict Parasites
People deworm pets, cattle, and horses regularly. Yet, a misconception persists that it’s uncommon for people to get parasitic infections. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Simply walking barefoot outside is one of the many ways you could get a parasitic infection. Parasites are everywhere, and it’s easy to become infected with them. Once they find you, they don’t want to leave.
To parasites, your body is like a luxury hotel. It’s warm, cozy, and has room service. Every time you eat, they eat. They gobble up whatever they need and may leave little for you.
Parasitic infections may contribute to nutritional deficiencies of some vitamins and minerals. Here are some deficiencies you may develop and why these nutrients are essential:
Vitamin A: Needed for eye and immune system health (1, 2)
Vitamin B12: Required for energy, brain function, and DNA production (3, 4)
Iron: Helps transport oxygen as part of hemoglobin in red blood cells (1, 5, 6)
Copper: Required for mitochondrial function, as well as bone and collagen strength (5, 7, 8)
Magnesium: Crucial for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body (9, 10)
Zinc: Necessary for enzyme function, immune health, and wound healing (5, 11)
Parasites have a vested interest in depriving you of nutrients. For example, zinc bolsters your immune system, which is a threat to parasites. Robbing you of zinc helps them secure their spot in you, their host. (12)
These unwelcome visitors can also steal your macronutrients, meaning the carbohydrates, protein, and fats that you ingest. (13, 14)
Moreover, as they subtly reduce your nutrient absorption, they increase inflammation and compromise your gut health. (15)
Parasite-killing herbs and protocols may help you get rid of a significant number of these freeloaders.
Mimosa pudica seed is a great gut scrubber that you can pair with parasite-killing herbs. When you take capsules filled with Mimosa pudica seed, the contents mix with watery fluids and form a gel in your digestive tract.
This incredibly sticky substance may help:
- Latch onto parasites in your intestinal tract so you can excrete them in your stools
Grab the critters’ protective biofilm, as well as mucoid plaque formed in injured areas of your gut, to carry them out in your stools
- Absorb toxins from dying parasites, so you don’t absorb them
- Provide glucuronic acid, a carbohydrate-based compound that may help heal your gut lining
Transport harmful heavy metals out of your body
Still, some long-term “guests” can be stubborn. Two strategies to help shove them out the door are the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge and the Full Moon Challenge.
Read on to find out how to do these challenges.
The Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge
Periodically taking frequent, small doses of Mimosa pudica seed may help increase its cleansing benefits. It could help you flush out parasites, biofilm, and mucoid plaque that weren’t budging when you were taking less frequent doses.
The gist of the challenge is to take 2 capsules of the Mimosa Pudica Seed supplement every hour with plenty of water while avoiding eating.
The challenge pairs well with intermittent fasting. That can be as simple as restricting the time period that you eat to a 6 to 8-hour window. For example, you might eat only between 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Alternatively, some people may do a water-only fast a few times a week. (16)
How to do the challenge
- Choose a day to do an intermittent fast or water-only fast.
- As soon as you wake up, take a dose of 2 capsules of Mimosa Pudica Seed with plenty of water.
- Take 2 more capsules of Mimosa Pudica Seed every hour with plenty of water, while avoiding eating. You can set an alarm to remind you.
- Try to get in as many doses of Mimosa Pudica Seed as you can before eating, aiming for eight doses on your challenge day.
That’s an intermediate protocol, which would entail skipping breakfast and probably lunch, depending on what time you get up. A beginner protocol is to skip breakfast only. You can work your way up to the intermediate level in subsequent challenges.
If you really want to ramp up your efforts to drive out parasites, try a 24-hour water fast and take 2 capsules of Mimosa Pudica Seed every two hours while you're awake.
If you easily tolerate Mimosa Pudica Seed, another option is to take 5 capsules every 30 minutes rather than every hour. In turn, you can reduce the length of your fast.
Pay attention to how your body is responding and challenge yourself accordingly. Each person’s tolerance and level of parasitic infection is different. Adjust your timing and dosage to see what gives you the most success while minimizing discomfort.
Watch as Dr. Jay reviews the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge:
Who should try a Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge?
Doing a Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge may be especially beneficial if you have:
Persistent intestinal issues that aren’t improving. A challenge may help support the condition of your gut lining and promote healing.
Hit a wall in your health journey and are no longer progressing. Changing up your routine could “break open the flood gates.” You might see a significant release of parasites and reach a new level in your journey.
An acute issue like food poisoning. Mimosa pudica seed may help absorb toxins and soothe your digestive tract.
Tips for the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge
Monitor your bowel movements. A small number of people may get loose stools on this challenge. If this is you, slow down and don’t take as many doses.
On the other hand, some people may get constipation during the challenge. If you’re prone to constipation, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Three other suggestions to help keep your bowels moving are:
Increase your intake of intestinal moving herbs. If you kill parasites but don't push them out quickly enough, your symptoms may worsen.
Do coffee enemas to help you excrete toxins. This may help prevent your common bile duct from becoming clogged while the parasites are moving out. (17)
Take a magnesium supplement before bed to help get your bowels moving. (18)
The majority of people will have neither loose stools nor constipation during the challenge. They simply increase their parasite-cleansing efforts for a day, then move to the next steps in their health journey.
How to do a Mimosa Pudica Seed Mini Challenge
If the full Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge sounds like more than you can do, try a mini challenge.
To do the Mimosa Pudica Seed Mini Challenge:
- When you feel hungry, instead of eating, take a few extra capsules of Mimosa Pudica Seed — beyond your usual dose.
- Wait 30 minutes to an hour to eat after taking a dose.
Remember that when you eat, your parasites eat, too. If you take Mimosa pudica seed instead of eating, you may find that you weren't hungry at all. It was the parasites wanting to eat. (19, 20)
Don’t give parasites the room service they’re demanding. Bind and pull them out instead. Doing a mini challenge before every meal or snack may help move out parasites. You may even find yourself less hungry once you’ve gotten rid of the parasites.
Moreover, temporarily increasing Mimosa pudica seed may help you break through a plateau and reach a new level in your healing journey.
The Full Moon Challenge
Another way to break through a plateau in parasite cleansing is with the Full Moon Challenge.
Everything in nature has cycles, including the moon. It goes from the new moon — meaning no visible moon — to the full moon.
Throughout history, people have connected the full moon with strange behavior in both animals and humans. More recently, the full moon has been linked with increased parasite activity. (21, 22, 23)
Why is that?
Parasites look for the best times to be active and reproduce. During a full moon, your levels of melatonin fall. That neurotransmitter not only helps you sleep, it also helps control your immune system. You need good immune function to fend off parasites. (24, 25)
So, when your melatonin levels drop, you have less immune defense against parasites. They take advantage of this and become more active.
Your levels of serotonin, a “feel good” neurotransmitter, are also affected by the full moon. Unlike melatonin, your serotonin increases during the full moon.
Just as you have receptors for serotonin, so do parasites. Parasitic worms use serotonin to help them move. When they have access to more of your serotonin, such as during a full moon, they can move more. Without it, they’re paralyzed. (26, 27)
How do you combat parasites’ heightened ability to move around and cause issues during a full moon?
Turn the tables on them. Increase your parasite cleanse protocol as they’re coming out of their hiding places around the time of the full moon.
Watch now as Dr. Jay discusses the Full Moon Challenge:
How to do the Full Moon Challenge
You start the Full Moon Challenge shortly before the full moon and complete it shortly after the full moon. The length of the challenge ranges from three to seven days, based on your individual tolerance.
During this time you’ll increase three nutritional supplements: Mimosa Pudica Seed, Formula 1, and BioActive Carbon BioTox.
Follow these steps to complete the challenge:
Choose whether you’ll do a 3, 5, or 7-day Full Moon Challenge. Will you increase your supplement dosages for one, two, or three days before and after the full moon? Including the actual day of the full moon, that adds up to 3, 5, or 7 days.
Make sure your drainage pathways are moving well. Continue taking intestinal moving herbs and lymphatic drainage herbs. Increase this support if you tend to get “backed up” easily. Your goal is to quickly expel the critters as they die.
Increase your usual dose of Mimosa Pudica Seed, Formula 1, and BioActive Carbon BioTox. For example, if you choose a 5-day challenge, here’s how you could modify your doses:
Current doses: 2 capsules twice a day of Mimosa Pudica Seed and Formula 1, plus 1 capsule three times a day of BioActive Carbon BioTox
Added doses: 2 extra capsules of Mimosa Pudica Seed and Formula 1, plus 1 extra capsule of BioActive Carbon BioTox each time you take the products
Full Moon Challenge doses: 4 capsules twice a day of Mimosa Pudica Seed and Formula 1, plus 2 capsules three times a day of BioActive Carbon BioTox for all 5 days
After you complete the protocol, return to your regular dosing until the next full moon.
Remember, these are guidelines. You can adjust them to use higher or lower doses based on your individual tolerance.
The 5-day and 7-day Full Moon Challenges aren't recommended if you’re new to parasite cleansing. Taking high doses too soon may cause Herxheimer reactions. That means your body isn't able to clear out the dying parasites and their toxins quickly enough, leading to an increase in your symptoms.
So, get a few months of parasite cleansing under your belt before trying a 5-day or 7-day Full Moon Challenge.
Tackle Your Tenacious Tenants
Your uninvited guests are quite happy to stay with you as their host. The longer you let them stay, the more territory they’ll assume. The longer they stay, the bigger the mess they’ll make. That means more of your organ systems could be affected.
If you’ve reached a standstill in evicting parasites, try the Mimosa Pudica Seed Challenge any time. Or, take advantage of parasites’ increased activity during the full moon and complete the Full Moon Challenge.
Which challenge seems right for you?