Diet For Amebiasis And Intestinal Amebiasis Information

By | June 23, 2009

Treatment Of Amebiasis – Known As Ulcerative Colitis

What is the best diet for amebiasis?

Amebiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the amoeba known as Entamoeba Histolytica. This parasite can exist in the large intestine without causing any harm for long periods of time. However, when it affects the colon walls, it causes colitis, diarrhea or acute dysentery. Amebiasis also occasionally affects the liver, skin, lungs or brain.

The infection can affect anyone, but people in crowded developing countries with poor sanitary conditions are at a greater risk. The parasites are usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated with entamoeba histolytica. Though amebiasis doesn’t always show up clinically, some symptoms of amebiasis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloody stools, fever, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, and vomiting. If not treated in time, amebiasis could prove life threatening.

Amebiasis can be treated only through medication. However, there are measures that you can take to prevent amebiasis, especially when traveling to tropical or developing countries. It is always advisable to drink bottled water, water boiled for at least a minute, or filtered through ‘absolute 1 micron or less’ filters. Avoid fountain drinks and ice cubes in your drinks, and consume only pasteurized milk or dairy products. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and peel them yourself. Anything sold by street vendors should be strictly avoided.

Dietary Modification For Amebiasis Treatment

There is no specific diet recommended clinically to cure amebiasis. However, you can follow some dietary changes to cleanse your system of all kinds of intestinal parasites. Please note that these are not specific to amebiasis alone, and are also not medical treatments but only recommendations – if you have amebiasis, you need to undergo treatment prescribed by your doctor. Firstly, you need to restrict the intake of certain foods and beverages that could worsen the condition – avoid coffee, alcohol, refined sugar, and refined foods. You should consume anti-parasitic foods that may speed up the healing process by clearing parasites from the digestive tract.

Raw garlic has anti-parasitic properties and is a good cure for other digestive problems as well. You can chew on a clove of garlic or use it as garnish in your food. Pineapple also has the ability to clear certain parasites, as it contains the digestive enzyme bromelain. However, nothing works better at cleansing the intestines than a diet rich in fiber.

Psyllium husk, papaya extract, beetroot, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and bentonite clay are some highly effective intestinal cleansers. You must also strengthen your immune system by including adequate amounts of vitamin C and zinc in your diet. Spices like turmeric and cloves, and some other products like margosa, olive leaf, oregano, thyme, and barberry are also effective at getting rid of parasites in the digestive tract, and should be included in your diet.