5 Signs You Might Have a Parasite
The Immune System
For the most part, in a healthy human, the immune system and the acid in the digestive tract is supposed to be strong enough to fight off and kill parasites. There are many circumstances that can weaken stomach acid and immune function and therefore allow parasites to grow and thrive.
I’m not going to cover all of those in this blog post, but I will mention, for the benefit of all the Candida Warriors out there, that Candida only thrives in a body with a suppressed immune system. So, it makes sense that a body with a Candida overgrowth is quite unlikely to be able to fight off a parasitic invasion.
We Candida warriors need to learn about parasites as well as Candida!
5 Signs you might have a parasite.
1. Constipation, diarrhea, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), gas and bloating
Some worms can be large and obstruct the bowels, making passing stool difficult.
We tend to believe that diarrhea from a parasite is because the body is trying to rid itself of the infection. This is not always the case. Protozoa as well as some other parasites, produce a prostaglandin, which has a hormone like effect that leads to frequent watery stools.
Parasites can inflame and irritate the inside of the intestines (IBS) which keeps you from absorbing nutrients, including fat. This can cause bulky stool that floats because it has too much fat in it. I believe this is what was happening with my tiny, little, hard, floating rabbit turds that I produced for years.
Some parasites like to hang out in the small intestine, where they produce gas. Then, we get all bloated and look pregnant. When we eat things like beans, raw fruit and veggies, the bloating can get worse. This will continue on and off until we eliminate the parasites from the body.
Why does it continue on and off? Well, parasites have a rhythm for breeding. They travel to the intestines sometime around the full moon to breed, and that’s when the gastrointestinal symptoms are usually at their worst.
2. Joint and muscle pain
Parasites tend to migrate to joint fluids where they will encyst (hang out in a sac), and worms do the same, but in muscles. This hurts, of course, and is usually explained away as arthritis.
Sometimes, parasites create pain and inflammation by causing actual tissue damage in joints and muscles.
3. Skin conditions
Protozoa and intestinal worms can cause all sorts of skin conditions, including hives, eczema, rashes, and ulcers.
The waste from parasites can irritate the nervous system, creating nervous anxiety. This most often happens with a systemic parasite infection.
5. Insomnia and fatigue
The liver is actively eliminating toxic waste between 2-3 am. If your liver has a particularly heavy load of parasitic waste to clear, this process might wake you up.
Sometimes, certain parasites will exit the body through the anus during the night, creating horribly uncomfortable anal itching, which can also wake you up. I dealt with this for about 1 year before I realized what it was and took care of it. So gross!
So, I have a parasite. A few different parasites? Now what?
So now, you probably think you have a parasite, and you’re wondering how to get rid of it, right?
Don’t fret. I’m going to address that next week in the blog. It’s time for the recipe now!
Studies show that foods rich in vitamin A can help to keep parasitic larvae from penetrating human tissue. So, when fighting a parasite infection, it’s good to eat lots of foods high in vitamin A, like cooked carrot, squash, sweet potatoes, and greens.
I’ve been enjoying this simple recipe for sweet potato hash browns almost every morning as I do my yearly parasite cleanse.
Sweet Potato Hash Browns
1 small sweet potato or yam, unpeeled and washed
2 tsp butter or ghee
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Shred the sweet potato with the shredding attachment on your food processor
Melt butter or ghee in a nonstick pan (cast iron is best) on medium heat
Place shredded sweet potato in the pan, add salt and pepper to taste, and cover for 3 minutes
Flip sweet potato, cover, and cook for 2 minutes more
Covering the sweet potatoes while cooking allows it to steam and make the potato soft.
Sweet potatoes usually have a lot of water in them and can be difficult to flip. Don’t worry about it being pretty. It probably won’t be, but it will be yummy and high in vitamin A!