Parasites: The Health Threat No One Talks About
Research shows that 1 in 3 Americans test positive for parasites.
Whether it’s because they’re gross or embarrassing, parasites don’t get discussed like they should. So we’re breaking the ice! With too many of us affected, it’s time we talk about how we “pick up” these parasites, how we know when we have them, and most importantly, how we get rid of them.
When I was in grade school, they taught us how germs spread by putting glitter on our hands, and anything we touched transferred the shimmer. Parasites are organisms that live in or on another organism (its host), while deriving nutrients at the host’s expense. Unlike the glitter, you can’t necessarily see them with the naked eye, but they attach to our bodies and hang on, affecting our immune system and overall health.
While there are many ways to pick up parasites, some of the most common include walking around barefoot (there are varieties of parasites that actually invade your body through your feet), eating fruits or vegetables that are not properly washed, eating undercooked meat or fish, and also drinking water that isn’t properly filtered.
Signs and Symptoms
The dangerous thing about parasites is that they often masquerade as other health concerns, so you may be trying to solve a health problem but targeting the wrong cause. This can be quite frustrating. Parasites primarily live in your digestive system causing obvious digestive health symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome, but you should know there are other —less obvious— symptoms of parasites such as aches and pains, skin rash or acne, allergies, fatigue and irregular sleep patterns.
Another often overlooked symptom of parasitic infection is mysterious or stubborn weight gain. This can happen because the parasite is inside your body, feeding on your nutrients and, in some cases, interfering with your body’s own natural processes and absorption of nutrients. (Kind of creepy, isn’t it?) If you have a health concern that is not responding to traditional remedies, you may in fact be host to a parasite. UNI KEY’s At-Home Testing Kit is available to help you determine whether parasites may be your problem.
Prevention and Remedy
Investing in a good water filter for your drinking water is the first step to guard against infection. Washing your hands is also an obvious defensive measure.
If you feel like you may already have a parasitic infection, there are natural ways to kick the creepy crawlers to the curb. Traditional herbs and extracts like grapefruit seed extract, butternut and centaury are very effective and have been used for centuries. These unique ingredients— among others— are included in My Colon Cleansing Kit available from UNI KEY Health.
This Colon Cleansing Kit includes:
- Verma-Plus: a liquid formula containing anti-parasitic herbs used by Native Americans for centuries
- Para-Key: capsules containing the most gentle yet effective botanicals
- Flora-Key: a 5-strain probiotic formula to keep your digestive system healthy. Probiotics are good bacteria— there is such a thing— that help crowd out any bad bacteria that may be trying to hang around in your gut.
Another way to keep your digestive system clean and clear is through regular daily elimination. Eat fiber-rich foods or supplement with our gentle Super-GI Cleanse to make sure your digestive tract is thoroughly expelling processed waste from your body.
Learn more about Parasite Cleansing.