Approximately one out of every three Americans is infected with an intestinal parasite at any given age. And although the idea of a parasite living in your body is a horrifying thought, it’s important to know the symptoms of these dangerous little organisms.
According to the World Health Organization, 3.5 billion people suffer from some type of parasitic infection. That’s almost half of the world’s population! Contrary to popular belief, the concept that parasites only exist in underdeveloped countries is a myth.
The reality is that parasites are commonly found in undercooked meat, unclean fruits and vegetables, and large bodies of water such as lakes, ponds or creeks. Some of the scariest parasites can even enter your body through the bottom of your feet!
As if contracting a parasite isn’t scary enough, it’s easy for an infected person to unknowingly share their parasite with others. This common occurrence happens when an infected person fails to wash their hands after using the restroom.
Parasites are often to blame for ongoing health problems such as digestive issues, headaches or migraines, insomnia, skin abnormalities, and more. Unfortunately, parasites often go untreated or misdiagnosed because victims fail to recognize their symptoms.
Dr. Amy Meyers has the following to say about parasites: “A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism. Some examples of parasites include: roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, whipworms, hookworms and more. Because parasites come in so many different shapes and sizes, they can cause a very wide range of problems.”
8 SYMPTOMS OF PARASITES:
1. Teeth Grinding
You often awake with pain in your jaw because you’ve been grinding your teeth during sleep.
2. Never Feeling Full After Meals
You know you’re eating a sufficient amount of food, but don’t feel satisfied.
3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other stomach issues.
Trouble falling asleep or waking up multiple times throughout the night.
5. Achy Body / Migraine Headaches
Pain or aching in your head, muscles or joints.
6. Skin Issues
Skin irritation or unexplained rash, hives, rosacea, or eczema.
Diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia.
8. Extreme Fatigue
Fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feelings of apathy.
If you suspect that your body may be infected with parasites, it’s best to consult with a licensed medical practitioner and complete the necessary testing to determine the type of parasitic infection.
Parasites thrive and multiply in bodies that frequently consume sugar, or foods that turn into sugar (such as fatty foods and processed foods).
To create an environment that parasites can’t live in, it’s important to regularly incorporate a few specific healthy foods into your diet: fibrous foods, coconut oil, ginger, blackberries, raw cabbage, aloe, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds and papaya can all help fight parasites.
Watch the video below to learn more about parasites:
If you suspect that your body may be infected with parasites, please contact your doctor immediately. And please share these important warning signs of parasites with everyone you know!