Are parasites a bigger risk at holiday time?   After losing 18 pounds with the detox tips in your book, The Gut Flush Plan, I really want to avoid gaining weight this holiday season.  I’m wondering if parasites are going to be a risk with foods like turkey and ham, especially since I won’t always be doing the cooking.  Should I be concerned?

Holiday favorites like pork do tend to harbor parasites.  And any meat, poultry or fish that isn’t cooked all the way can contain unwanted organisms.  The problem: Once they’re settled in the digestive tract, parasites absorb many of the nutrients and much of the water one consumes.  The resulting nutrient deficiency and dehydration bring on insatiable cravings, fatigue, constipation and poor immunity.  To avoid these ill effects, drink 8 oz. to 16 oz. of pure pomegranate juice (such as Pom Wonderful or R.W. Knudsen Family) or snack on 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds daily.  These proven antiparasitics will kill the bad guys before they can settle in and cause trouble.  Also, be sure to get about 35 grams of fiber daily from fruit, vegetables or a supplement to flush waste and purify the system.

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