Last week, I shared the supplement protocol I am following to eradicate my parasite. But what kind of nutritionist would I be if I didn’t share an anti-parasitic diet with you!?
The supplement and diet protocol go hand in hand. You won’t be able to eradicate a parasite successfully with diet alone, you need to use anti-parasitic agents such as the ones I am using. Additionally, specific foods and diet adjustments are going to help support your body in parasite eradication, as well. Both are extremely important aspects when treating a parasite infection.
The following foods are all part of my anti-parasitic diet protocol:
Pumpkin seeds are known to be the top parasite killing food (1). I’ve been munching on them for a snack or tossing them onto salads for extra crunch, nutrition, and parasite fighting properties! Grinding them up into a pumpkin seed butter works, too!
Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal. Hopefully, you’re already using coconut oil for your high heat cooking, but it should be your go to cooking fat when trying to kill a parasite. In addition to cooking with it, melt a tbsp into your hot tea for additional anti-parasitic support!
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another pantry item I hope you’re using regularly already. I could write an entire post about apple cider vinegar alone and all of the benefits it can provide to you and your body! Parasite specific, apple cider vinegar increases stomach acid levels, creating an environment in which parasites cannot survive. Additionally, apple cider vinegar works to break up the biofilm matrix that parasites create in order to protect themselves. I add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to the water I drink throughout the day. Note: be sure you’re buying raw/unpasteurized apple cider vinegar such as this one.
What isn’t garlic good for? Not only is it delicious and easy to add into just about any dish, but it is also incredibly immune-boosting and has anti-parasitic properties. A great way to incorporate raw garlic into your meals is by crushing it into a homemade salad dressing! Additionally, toss crushed garlic in with your stir fries or anytime you sauté or roast vegetables.
I think garlic and onions go hand in hand. Onions also have anti-parasitic properties thanks to their sulfur containing amino acids. Chop them up and toss them into your salads, scramble them into your eggs, or sauté them with coconut oil and put them on top of a burger!
I hope fermented foods such as sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables are already a staple in your daily diet, but if they’re not, they definitely should be when working to fight off parasites! When our body is fighting a parasite, our good gut bacteria can be wiped out, which increases our chances for developing an overgrowth of non-beneficial bacteria. To prevent this from happening and improving the health of your gut, you should include fermented vegetables into your diet on a daily basis. I usually have 1/4 cup of sauerkraut in the morning along with my eggs for breakfast. Start with 1 – 2 tbsp and work your way up!
When buying olive oil, make sure to buy a high quality olive oil. Unfortunately, many olive oils sold in our grocery stores are cut with oils such as canola, which are not good for our health as they promote inflammation in our body. I usually buy Terra Delyssa olive oil as this is a brand I trust for its purity and quality. The olives are hand picked and the oil is obtained from the first cold press. Drizzle your vegetables and salads with olive oil for anti-parasitic effects.
Herbs and spices
Many herbs and spices such as oregano, thyme, peppermint, rosemary, ginger, clove, and cinnamon have anti-parasitic properties. You can either use fresh herbs or the essential oil of the herb. Personally, I’ve been using the essential oils of these herbs in my cooking to increase the anti-parasitic properties of my dishes. When using essential oils, it’s important to do your research and use a brand that is pure and free from synthetics or chemicals. Not all essential oils can be ingested and I have only found one brand that I can trust. If you’re interested in using essential oils in your cooking, email me for more information.
Other dietary adjustments
In addition to adding these parasite fighting foods into your diet, you will want to make some dietary adjustments, as well. Sugar feeds parasites and can make your parasitic infection worse. During your parasite protocol, you will want to avoid all sugars such as white and brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc. for at least 10 weeks. Refined carbohydrates and grains should also be removed from your diet for these 10 weeks. Focusing on high quality proteins, plenty of fats, and real food carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, winter squash, etc. is going to be the best diet for you while fighting a parasite.