Monsters in My Body

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Published on: October 12, 2017

No one likes to talk about parasites, but a lot of them can thrive in our bodies. Not all parasites affect the body negatively, but an infestation can lead to diseases.

Platyhelminthes
1. Tapeworms
They live in the intestines for up to 25 years and can be acquired through contaminated food. They can survive for a while after they are excreted in the feces and need one or more hosts in their entire life cycle.

2. Flatworms
They can enter the skin through contaminated water and live in the bloodstream. The host may not experience any symptom for years. Too many of these will damage the liver.

Roundworms
1. Ascarids
These spaghetti-like nematodes can be acquired by ingestion. The eggs live in the intestinal walls and make it to the bloodstream. They travel to the lungs, are coughed up and then swallowed back

2. Hookworms
They can be acquired through contaminated food and water. The larvae thrives in the intestines and take the blood. An infestation can cause a type of anemia called anchylostomiasis.

3. Filarias
These are passed on by mosquitoes and live in our bloodstream. In some cases they cause filariasis and elephantiasis.

4. Pinworms
Also called threadworms, they lay their eggs around the anus and cause itching. So when you scratch with your bare hands, you’re aiding contamination.

5. Whipworm
They live in the intestines for almost five years and are common in warm areas where they are passed through infected feces.

Arthropods
1. Scabies Mites
They lay eggs on the skin after the parasite is transferred through physical contact. That is when the itching starts. If not treated, it can develop into scabies.

2. Lice
There are three types of lice that can live on the human body. The most common is the head lice which can be passed by direct contact. The eggs are called nits and are stuck to the hair strands.

3. Bed Bugs
They live inside or near mattresses and feed on human blood. They can survive for years and are very difficult to remove. An infected house usually needs to replace some furniture.

Eukaryotes
1. Microsporidia
These are spore-forming fungi usually associated with HIV and other immune deficiency illnesses. They can be transmitted through inhalation of the spores or through contaminated water.

2. Entamoeba histolytica
Known for causing amoebiasis, they usually spread through fecal contamination. They are also found in water, vegetables and fruits.

3. Trichomonas
This protozoan is transmitted through sexual contact and live in the urethra. They cause no symptoms among men but women may experience itching.

4. Toxoplasma gondii
If you consume undercooked meat, these parasites can invade your central nervous system and cause flu-like symptoms. They also reproduce in the intestines of your cats.

5. Cryptosporidium
Called crypto, it lives in water and can survive even chlorine treatment. They can cause diarrhea.

6. Giardia
The Giardia lamblia is a protozoan that lives in the intestines. It survives in water and when it travels up to the gut may, it causes inflammation. There are other protozoans also common in the intestines.

Why You Should Consider Going Gluten-Free

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Published on: May 25, 2017

Gluten is a form of protein that’s found in wheat, which helps it rise and retain its shape. Most variants of pasta and bread have it, making it quite difficult to avoid. But despite that, there are still some people who live their lives without consuming the said protein. Some do it for health reason, while others go gluten-free for weight loss purposes. While some see it as a fad diet, there’s no denying the fact that going gluten-free worked wonders for some people. With that in mind, we listed down some reasons why living a life free of gluten might actually be a good idea.

1. It Prevents the Onset of Celiac Disease

Basically, celiac disease is a gluten intolerance. People who suffer from this illness tend to experience an immunity system response that damages a part of their small intestine known as the villi. The villi aids our body in absorbing nutrients from the food we eat, and without it, we will end up being extremely malnourished. So if you ever experience symptoms like becoming gassy or feeling stomach pains after consuming anything with gluten, do consult your physician to get a proper diagnosis.

2. It Encourages You to Eat Healthier

Another reason to go gluten-free is because it gravitates you towards eating healthier meals. Fruits and veggies are some of the healthy gluten-free foods, although gluten-free versions of bread and pasta exist as well. Yet, we’re not saying that all gluten-free products are healthy for that’s one of the common misconceptions about the diet. What we’re emphasizing is, gluten-free or not, you should always check the food labels to see its cholesterol, sodium and sugar content.

3. It Improves Digestion

Decreasing your gluten consumption is an easy way of dealing with bloating and upset stomachs. Just make sure that you double-check if it’s really the protein that’s causing you all these issues before fulling committing into the diet plan.

4. It Helps Cure Eczema

Several studies have shown that celiac disease and eczema are related, and going on a gluten-free diet helped people suffering from celiac improve their eczema. So if you’re suffering from eczema, do go gluten-free for a while and see how it’ll work on you.

5. It Trains You to Check Food Labels

Another benefit of going gluten-free is it makes you more critical of your choice of meals. Sure, excluding gluten from diet can be a real hassle, but it’ll force you to read the ingredients list of a certain product before you decide on putting it on your grocery cart. This habit trains you to be more wary of what’s in your food, which could eventually lead to a healthier eating.

Despite being touted as a fad diet, no one could deny that gluten-free diets work wonders for many people. Not only does it help prevent ailments like celiac disease and eczema, it also provides amazing weight loss benefits. So give this diet plan a shot and see how it could lead your lifestyle to a healthier route.

Combat Germs as You Clean Your Clothes

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Published on: October 23, 2014

Bacteria is everywhere. Even if you are using the so-called anti-bacterial elements, there is no assurance that you are far from those bacteria. The anti-bacterial substances that like so pas, lotions, toothpaste and more are only claiming that there is such thing as anti-bacterial. In reality, it is very impossible that you can eliminate them all because there are types of bacteria that are good for humans. However, if it has been infected, there is a tendency that a person will get sick.

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On the other hand, a person who kills all bacteria inside or outside his body will suffer from different diseases that may sometimes lead to tragic death. When you talk about cleaning your clothes, the next thing that you are going to think is laundry shop. Yes, it is true that you can save money and time in sending your clothes to laundry shops.

However, it is very dangerous if you do so. Why? This is because most laundry shops use harmful chemicals like perchloroethylene or PERC in short when they are dry cleaning fabrics. Now, if you cannot avoid this, do not buy clothes with a tag that says, “Dry clean this fabric”. This is the only way you can get rid with the chemicals and reduce the risk of acquiring diseases. In this way, you still save money without harm to your health.

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On the other hand, if you have bought already clothes with dry clean fabric, do not send it to laundry shops as this would only damage your clothes as well as put danger to your health.  Instead of sending it to laundry centers, use the old method of washing clothes – hand washing. It may be a little bit tiring but remember that it is for your own good and for everybody.

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