cyclospora

Treat Cyclospora Naturally

The single-celled protozoa called Cyclospora cayetanensis is too small to see without a microscope but big enough to cause major problems in your intestines. It is spread by eating food or drinking water that was contaminated with feces, though it takes weeks to become infectious which means it is rarely passed from person to person without secondary contact through raw foods that have been sitting out or in drinking water that has not been cleaned. People who travel frequently are at an increased risk of suffering from a cyclospora infection. Make sure, if you are traveling that you only drink water that has been treated, bottled or boiled safely. Eat only foods that have been thoroughly cooked and wash any fruits and veggies you pick up from a street vendor so that you don’t accidentally pick up the cyclospora parasite.

Traditionally, this infection is treated with sulfa drugs, however individuals who are allergic to this line of medication may need to explore other options such as home treatments that can help to keep the bacteria at bay. Diarrhea is the primary cyclospora symptom; treating your diarrhea is the most important part of recovery as it can lead to dehydration.

What are the symptoms of Cyclospora?

While some people infected with cyclospora may not display any symptoms, check with your doctor if any of the following happen to you:

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Explosive bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle Ache
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

How can I prevent Cyclospora?

  • You can prevent a cyclospora infection by:
  • Making sure you always wash your hands before eating.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling raw foods.
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables, even those you intend to peel.
  • Make sure you only drink clean and treated or boiled water.

How do I treat Cyclospora?

  • Avoid refined sugars. Parasites love sugar, it gives them energy. Eliminating it from your diet helps to starve them.
  • Cook with coconut oil. It’s loaded with triglycerides that help to boost the immune system so it can fight out the infection.
  • Increase your garlic and onion intake. They are natural anti-microbials which means they can help to fight off bacteria, viruses and parasites. Making a curry is a great way to mix together coconut oil, garlic and onion!
  • Oil of oregano should be had with lemon juice three times a day. It’s highly anti-parasitic. You can also try clove, ginger, wormwood and black walnut oils, but oregano is the strongest and often most successful.
  • Fermented drinks such as kefir and apple cider vinegar help to kill off the parasites because they are acidic!
  • Make sure you take probiotics to keep healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.
  • Keep the gut healthy with fermented dairy and veggies like kimchi and amasai. They have L-glutamine which helps to heal the gut when it has been attacked.
  • Increase your fluid intake.
  • Have a banana to help replenish your potassium.
  • Have a little turmeric. It helps to reduce inflammation.
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