Symptoms and Prevention of Giardia

Giardia is a food and water-borne disease that is caused by a parasite found in the gut of infected humans and animals (eg, cattle, sheep, cats, dogs, rats and possums).

Giardia is passed on in the feces of infected humans and animals. People become infected when they swallow the parasites. Eliminate the risk of Giardia with an Eagle Water Reverse Osmosis System.

You get giardia from:

  • drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food
  • being in contact with infected animals that are carrying the parasite
  • being in close contact with someone who has giardia
  • swallowing water that contains the giardia parasite while you’re swimming or playing in lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, streams, etc.

Signs you may have Giardia:

  • foul smelling diarrhea
  • stomach cramps and abdominal pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weight loss
  • bloating
  • slight fever
  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • fatigue

Your symptoms usually appear 7–10 days after you become infected. You may be sick for 3–4 days, feel better, then the symptoms may return.

If you think you may have Giardia:

  • Go to your doctor. Take a specimen of your feces with you in a clean jar, as you’ll need a laboratory test.
  • If you do have Giardia, your doctor will prescribe Flagyl or Dyzole.
  • While the diarrhea lasts, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Filtered water is safest.
  • If you have a child that is ill and they're not drinking, go back to your doctor.

Giardia is a notifiable disease, so before you go back to work (or your child returns to daycare or school) you’ll need to check with your doctor. Usually you’ll be clear when your symptoms have gone.

To avoid getting Giardia – or passing it on:

  • Avoid drinking water that may be contaminated – don’t drink untreated water from lakes, rivers or streams, or from an area where the water is unsafe because of poor sanitation or where there are no water treatment systems.
  • If you have to drink water that is taken from a roof, river or lake (eg, in a rural area), it should be put through an approved filter.
  • When swimming in swimming pools, hot pools or spa pools, do not swallow the water.
  • Don’t go swimming in a pool if you have diarrhea. You need to wait at least 2 weeks after the symptoms have gone and wash your hands before going for a swim.
  • To stop Giardia from spreading, wash your hands before and after preparing food, after playing or working with animals, and after going to the washroom or changing a baby’s diaper. You need to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, rinse well and dry them on a clean towel.

To prevent Gardia, give your family a pets only purified water. For more information please contact Eagle Water head office at 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents 1-866-427-7757.

Benefits of Eagle Water

Eagle Water’s 4 Reasons You Should Drink Enough Water

You can go without food for days, weeks and even months, but going without water for just one day can negatively impact your health.

4 Reasons You Should Drink Enough Water

1. Fatigue
The first sign of dehydration is the feeling of being tired. When the body begins to dehydrate it means the tissues and cells are not getting enough water to make a person feel like doing anything. Without water, enzymes are unable to produce energy.

2. Digestive Problems
If a person is not drinking enough water they do not have enough liquid to help with the elimination process and without eliminating the foods we digest we gain weight, gain toxins, and feel awful. Being constipated is the beginning to many health problems.

3. Stomach Ulcers
To protect the stomach from its acidic digestive fluids that is made during the digestion of food, the stomach is coated with a lining of mucous, which are 98% water and 2% sodium bicarbonate. When a person is dehydrated the stomach does not have enough liquid available to make the mucous.

4. Weight Gain
Many times when we are thirsty we eat food rather than drink water. This can cause weight gain, especially for a sedentary person. When your body is even just a little bit dehydrated, it may not tell you with a dry throat or mouth, but rather with a feeling of being hungry.

Drink Purified Water

Some water sources are not clean even though many people drink from them. Well water can be full of toxic inorganic minerals that could be making you sick. Bottled water isn’t any better. Tap water in some cities is also very high in minerals and too much minerals will cause arterial problems. Water should be as pure as possible, without minerals and bad bacteria.

For more tips on drinking enough purified water please contact Eagle Water at our head office 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents 1-866-427-7757.