Physical Wellness, Parasites
Parasites and worms are responsible for certain physical symptoms in your body, including weight gain and digestive issues. Parasitic infections, being opportunistic, occur when there are other bacteria and viruses in the body, and the terrain in the body has already weakened.
Darius Soon, 10/11/2015– Get free updates of new postshere
When people think of worms and parasites, they think of African children with swollen stomachs swatting away flies. Everyone thinks it’s a third-world issue, not knowing that worms are probably right now living off you as well. Especially if you are having difficulties achieving your ideal body weight and carry around excess weight in your stomach. Recent studies show that more than just a problem of metabolism and food intake, intestinal parasites can also be responsible for unwanted weight gain though disturbing the digestive processes.
Intestinal parasites present in the body causes the lining of the intestines to become inflamed (read “When Hippocrates says all illnesses stem from the gut, he must mean the leaky gut syndrome!”). Inflammation of the intestinal linings inhibits the absorption of necessary vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that aid in the regulation of hormones, metabolism, and blood sugar levels. Parasites consume the food and deprive the body of the nutrients. This impels individuals to crave more food which then starts another vicious cycle.
In addition to inflammation, parasites in the body produce toxins and acids that destroy body tissues, corrupt the organs, and slowdown the function of the central nervous system. To remove these toxins and waste products, filtration organs like the kidney and liver work harder. Over time, one may end up feeling tired and sluggish.
Parasites are opportunistic organisms. They come in through our food and water but take root only if the underlying terrain is weak (read “Everything you know about bacteria is wrong – here’s the real story!”). As the other microbes flourish, releasing biotoxins that weakens the immune system, the parasites would flourish.
The biotoxins released from these parasites tend to be even more virulent compared to the other microbes and this is one of the first issues to be addressed to bring the body back to balance (read “It’s not the viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeast that are killing you, it’s their waste”).
Besides weight gain, other symptoms if there are intestinal parasites included diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, gas or bloating, dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus), itching around the rectum or vulva, stomach pain or tenderness, feeling tired, weight loss, passing a worm in your stool, rashes on the chest or neck, discoloration around the mouth, teeth-grinding, aggravations around the full moon, and pimples on the head within the hair.
“In addition to inflammation, parasites in the body produce toxins and acids that destroy body tissues, corrupt the organs, and slowdown the function of the central nervous system.”
There are two main kinds of parasites – protozoa and helminths. Protozoa are microscopic, single-celled organisms. They live particularly in the intestines, hunting other microbes for food. The more fearful one are the helminths which literally mean worms. They are considered to be among the larger parasites to enter the body through its eggs or larvae stage and dwells in the intestinal tracts, lungs, liver, skin or brain. The tapeworms can grow to as long as 12 inches and roundworms that can grow to be 25 feet or even longer! Tapeworms also have segmented bodies which can break off to develop into new tapeworms.
Some of the common parasites that test when the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi is present, which is in almost all cases of chronic diseases (read “Lyme Disease – the Great Imitator”), are tapeworms (e.g. echinococcus granulosus and echinococcus multilocularis), roundworms (e.g. trichuris trichuria), associations with the ixodes deer tick species (e.g. ixodes dammini m, ixodes dammini w) and lungworms (e.g. varestrongylus strongylus).
Conventionally, the way to test for parasites is through the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), though parasites are notoriously hard to pin down.
Researches have also indicated that parasitic infections tend to occur when there is pH imbalance – when the small intestines are alkaline (read “Why your Depression is Not due to your Brain, but to your Gut”).
Though there are various ways like anti-parasitic herbs that can help to in killing the parasites or detoxing the waste out of the body, we also should address the underlying stresses in the body that leads to the weakness in the terrain (read “The stress-disease connection – the only reason you are sick”).