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Parasite cleanse

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A parasite cleanse involves using a natural remedy, rather than traditional antibiotics, to rid the body of parasites, aka tiny organisms that live off the human body—on the outside or the inside. In the U.S., some of the most common intestinal parasites are giardia, cryptosporidium, and leishmaniasis. It can be tricky to diagnose parasites (which often come from consuming contaminated food or water—while traveling in the developing world, for example) because symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, brain fog, aches and pains, and fatigue, are so similar to those associated with many common conditions. Fortunately, your practitioner can usually diagnose parasites by taking a stool sample, which helps rule parasites in or out. Some people with long-term or undiagnosed GI issues say a parasite cleanse helps resolve their symptoms—often to their surprise! Parasite cleanses sometimes consist of probiotics, restricted diets, or herbal supplements that include black walnut, clove, wormwood, and Bentonite clay. Mimosa pudica, a plant used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, is also an antihelmintic—that basically means it zaps parasites in your gut. (Folks in the Wana community sometimes share pictures of the, ahem, evidence once it comes out—don't look if poop pics make you queasy!)

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