A healthy gut has an abundance of good bacteria which help stop parasitic infections. Bad bugs can be really detrimental to your health and unfortunately these parasites are on the increase and there are many of them. Sometimes parasitic infestations are undiagnosed and you may feel like a leech is sucking your energy from you, yet you are not aware you have them.
You may have heard of people venturing to Asia and getting a parasite or watched T.V. programsabout Africans with parasites and thought there’s no way I could ever have that. Parasites and worms are actually becoming more and more common with modern-day living. Generally Asian and African cultures have adapted their immune systems so they are not so susceptible to the
parasites around them.
A parasite is an organism that can live off and reproduce in you. Parasites can survive for years in the human body and not only invade the intestines but penetrate your organs, lymph and even your brain! They can also be transferred from person to person and through food and contaminated water which are the most common sources. Parasites can be very depleting. They cause lethargy as they take vital nutrients from you and produce toxins which require energy for your elimination organs to deal with. They are more common than people think and are particularly common in people with chronic fatigue, candida albicans, autoimmune disease and
cancers. Often parasites have been a contributing factor to these illnesses. There is the case of a lady who had bowel cancer and a large population of a parasite called ‘blastocystis hominus’ in her gut. The doctors could not eradicate this parasite but once they had removed the cancer from her bowel it vanished!
They are also nasty because they play havoc with your good bacteria and open you up to other health problems.
Parasites can cause a variety of symptoms or no symptoms at all. Usually the first symptoms are abdominal symptoms like tummy pain, gas, diarrhoea and bloating. A professional diagnosis is best to treat them. It is important to get a 3 day stool test from a reputable laboratory . Many stool tests from your doctor only involve 1 or 2 samples which aren’t enough. If the parasites are in your organs usually a machine like a Mora machine is needed to diagnose where they are in the body as well as what they are.
What can make you more susceptible to parasites?
- Poor diet
- Poor gut health
- Leaky gut
- Lowered immunity
- Poor hygiene
- Exposure to infected people or pets
- Contaminated food and water
- History of antibiotic use
- Children in childcare
- Excessive consumption of undercooked meat or raw fish
- Unwashed vegetables contaminated with parasite eggs
- Low stomach acids and digestive juices
Take from “Digestive Solutions- 101 proven methods to solve your tummy problems naturally” By Michele Wolff