The very idea of having an alien-like parasite in your body is revolting. Yet a significant number of people living on earth do in fact suffer from them. In this article, we look at what causes them, their symptoms, how to stay clean from them, and how to be tested and treated if you suspect you are infected by parasites.
What Causes the Different Types of Parasites?
Parasite infections occur because of either helminths (parasitic worms) or protozoan parasites. The single cell variety can get into your body and begin multiplying. They start causing extreme problems like severe diarrhoea if they are not treated. This can lead to serious dehydration and eventually death.
Helminths on the other hand commonly live in your gut anyway and do not lead to death. Rather they cause you a lifetime of struggle with chronic health issues as they deplete needed resources in your organism. There are many common kinds of these helminths, including the following:
Of these listed types, Whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms are all forms of roundworms. They can create a host of problems for you including weight loss, brain fog, abdominal pain, digestive problems, and even mood swings. Hookworms are particularly scary as they have the ability to force themselves through your gut lining in order to drink your blood. This can lead to anaemia in time.
Tapeworms are more disgusting still. These flatworms dwell in your intestines. They can reach sizes of even 35 feet in length and lay around a million eggs every day. Eating all your food, they can give you continuous hunger pangs. You get tapeworms by eating contaminated meat that is not properly cooked long enough.
What Are the Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites?
There is a variety of commonly occurring symptoms caused by intestinal parasites. These can include all of the following:
- Skin problems like hives, eczema, rashes
- Joint and muscle pain
- Digestive issues like diarrhoea and constipation
- Continuous hunger
- Teeth grinding while sleeping
- Itching skin
- Loss of appetite
- Iron deficiency
- Yeast infections
- Anal or vaginal itching
How You Contract A Parasite
It comes as a surprise to many individuals to learn that most people have these parasites already living inside of them. Around 37 per cent of all people on earth contains a type of helminth parasite. You do not have to travel to exotic third world countries to contract one either, this is an incorrect myth. They dwell all around you in the water, food, and other everyday items you touch daily. Dr. Todd Watts from Microbe Formulas says in the article “Top Tips for Parasite Prevention: What to Avoid and Where Not to Go” that if you have a compromised immune system, you are more likely to come down with parasite infection. This is another reason to try to keep your immune system healthy.
Among the easiest ways to get such a parasite inside of you is through contaminated water and food. Undercooked meat is a classic example of how they come into your body. Faeces which are contaminated are another prime source, so always wash your hands, in particular, if you have some kind of infection. Washing your hands eliminates the spreading of the parasites’ microscopic eggs. Those adults and children who suffer from already weak immune systems have the highest risk of contracting such parasites.
For those whose health is already questionable, this gives the parasites an easier foothold in your system. Such parasites can lie dormant waiting for an opportunity to multiply and thrive. Too many of them lead to serious and ongoing health issues. You should be especially mindful of what you are eating. Parasites love sugar and unhealthy foods. You only provide them with a more hospitable environment if your diet is exceptionally poor. When you damage your microbiome and your body’s immune system, you roll out the welcome mat for such parasites to take over your body.
The tragic part is after such parasites establish themselves within your organism, they eat away at you slowly. This first leads to nutrition deficiencies, then an immune system that does not function properly. It becomes a vicious cycle when your immune system can no longer stop the disease and your gut becomes terribly infected. As they weaken your immune system, still more parasites become attracted and multiply. This weakens your immune system and overall health still further.
Testing for Parasites in Your Body
If you suspect that your health problems are a result of a hostile parasite invasion, there are three tests you can do to make certain. These include:
- A comprehensive stool test – looking for eggs from the parasites in your stools to ascertain if you have an infection present.
- Blood tests – seek out particular parasite infections. Serology tests seek the body’s antibodies that it produces when fighting a parasitic infection, while blood smears search for any parasites within the blood by looking at it under microscopes.
- Endoscopy and Colonoscopy – a dual procedure that provides a far more complete picture if the stool test does not yield results. Doctors actually look inside of your body’s intestines using a camera in a little tube they insert into your mouth (in an endoscopy) or your rectum (in a colonoscopy). This allows them to find the parasites that are creating your body’s symptoms.
How Can You Eject the Intestinal Parasites from Your Body?
The good news is that there is a range of treatments both medicinal and natural to expunge the parasites from your body. The drugs are called antiparasitic. They include mebendazole and praziquantel. These primary defence drugs dominate traditional medicine.
They can lead to terrible side effects about as severe as those caused by the parasites though. These include vomiting, nausea, weight loss, headaches, and insomnia. If the parasites have caused enough damage, you may need still more pharmaceutical treatments after the antiparasitic drugs course.
Many people turn to natural herbs that are also powerfully effective against parasites and their terrible side effects. A variety of them are useful, including: oregano oil, wormwood, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract, berberine, pumpkin seed, papaya seed, and garlic.
Whatever method of treatment you pursue to expunge the parasites, you must do something. Otherwise, they will continue to infect and plague your body until either you die of natural causes or potentially severe dehydration eventually. Pharmaceutical cures are powerful, though they create terrible side effects. This leads many individuals who are infected to turn to completely natural approaches for relief. It is best to consult with your doctor regarding your treatment options.