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What is giardia?

Giardia or giardiasis is the medical term for the infection of the intestines, which is characterized by watery diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and bloating. This type of intestine infection is caused by a microscopic parasite called Giardia lamblia that best survives in water. Giardia infection is contagious and can be transmitted through a contact or food.

Symptoms and treatment of giardia

Giardia has its characteristic symptoms that usually appear in ten days after the parasite has entered the intestine. The most frequent warning signs of this type of intestinal infection are upset stomach, diarrhea, the loss of appetite, as well as nausea, vomiting and pain in the abdomen. Sometimes, dehydration and the loss of weight happen as the consequence of giardia. Doctors usually prescribe Flagyl to treat giardia, and it is an antibiotic, which has to be used three times a day for about 10 days. Apart from this antibiotic, Albenzazole, metronidazole, and furizolidone can also be very effective when a person suffers from giardia.

Home remedies for giardia

Certain home remedies can help to treat giardia successfully, such as garlic, goldenseal, black walnut, wormwood, worm seed, pumpkin seeds and grapefruit seed extract. Garlic can be very effective in fighting against Giardia lamblia, as well as against some other intestine parasites, and it can be consumed as garlic cloves, or in the form of capsules and tablets. Goldenseal is an herb that contains an active substance called berberine, which is very good for treating the intestinal infection caused by Giardia lamblia.

Black walnut and Wormwood are two herbs that are proven to be effective remedies for intestinal parasites. Black walnut is consumed as a juice, while wormwood is best as a tea, liquid extract and in the form of capsules. Worm seed tea and pumpkin seed juice are very good for the cleansing of the intestines, but grapefruit seed extract is also very good in fighting against the intestinal parasites.

It is recommended to avoid using coffee and alcohol during giardia, as well as refined foods and refined sugar. The foods that are the best for this condition are raw garlic, pineapple, papaya seeds and a lot of vegetables, for example, carrots and potatoes. The foods that are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and zinc are highly recommended. Moreover, probiotics and turmeric are very good for treating of giardia, though it can also be successfully treated with some other natural cures, such as oregano, propolis, barberry and gentian, as well as anise olive leaf and thyme.

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