Most people have parasites and are not even aware of it. And, in all fairness, we have a unique balance of all kinds of creepy crawlies living in a unique symbiosis with each other. It is however when this unique balance is totally disturbed that the door opens to disease.
Parasites! What are they?
Parasites are microorganisms that live off other organisms. Some parasites can cause disease directly, while others cause disease by the toxins that they produce. There are several types of parasites that live in and feed off your body. Some survive on the food you consume, some feed on red blood cells and some even lay eggs inside your body.
They normally enter the body through the skin or mouth. A person can get a parasite infestation due to several reasons, including exposure to areas having parasites, traveling to places that have parasite infestations, intake of contaminated water or food, poor sanitation, poor hygiene and a weak immune system. Close contact with pets can also lead to a parasite infestation.
As parasites are of different forms, shapes and sizes, they cause a very wide range of signs and symptoms:
1. Chronic Digestive Issues
Intestinal parasite infestation can cause inflammation and destroy the intestinal lining of the gut, leading to chronic Diarrheal, Leaky Gut etc and this is your initial open door to allowing these micro-toxins into the system via the blood. The toxic waste produced by the parasites can cause chronic constipation, gas, bloating, nausea and burning sensations in the stomach.
2. Abdominal Pain
Parasites can cause abdominal pain. Parasites residing in the upper small intestinal region cause inflammation and irritation leading bloating and pain in the abdomen. Parasites can even block the passage of waste products exiting the body, which can lead constipation and/pain in the upper abdominal region.
3. Anal Itching
Itching around the anus is another sign of a parasite infection. The itching is caused by the female pinworms that migrate to lay eggs around the anus. Both the migrating female pinworms as well as the clumps of eggs are irritating and cause itching, crawling sensations or even acute pain. If the infected person scratches the area, the skin may break down and increase the risk of a secondary bacterial infection. As itching usually occurs at night, it leads to sleep disturbances and restlessness.
4. Fatigue and Weakness
Fatigue may also be a symptom of a parasite infestation. This is mainly associated with intestinal worms that deplete the body of vital nutrients by feeding on the food you eat. Malabsorption of vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates can make the body weak, leaving you exhausted, depressed and with a feeling of general apathy. It can lead to exhaustion at mental, physical and emotional levels.
The toxic metabolic waste overload produced by the parasites causes the organs to work even harder to eliminate these waste products. This also leads to fatigue, low energy, lethargy and excessive weakness.
5. Change in Appetite & Weight Loss
If you notice a sudden change in your appetite, particularly an increase in appetite, it may be due to the presence of parasites in your body. This happens as the parasites consume a good amount of the food eaten by the infected person, thus making the person hungry more often than usual. Also, the infected person may notice a strong early morning hunger and may never feel satisfied or full after eating a meal.
If weight loss is an issue, I do suggest you look into doing a parasite cleanse to ensure the ‘feeling’ of constant hunger is not as a result of the parasitic infestation. If not, it is a well decided decision making for good health anyway!!
6. Mental Distress
A parasite infestation can even cause mood swings, depression, anxiety and also visual hallucinations. Often, these symptoms are paired with digestive issues. The latest term, brain fog, also falls into this category and might affect from young to especially old. As a rule the good balance of heath bacteria should keep a check on the ‘baddies’ but if once again good healthy balances are disturbed, this opens the to door to infestation and disease.
The intestine contains both neurons and neurotransmitters (specifically serotonin), which are important for a healthy enteric nervous system. Toxic metabolic waste produced by parasites residing in the intestine can attack neurons and neurotransmitters, causing nervousness, restlessness, mood swings and even depression.
Scientists believe that inflammation in the intestine can lead to inflammation in the brain and vice versa. Since all information runs up from the gut to the brain along the vagus nerve via good healthy bacteria ( not parasites) I do suggest you keep the favourable balance with your healthy microbiome.
7. Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, may occur while sleeping due to anxiety and restlessness caused by waste and toxins released by the parasites in the body. Often seen in children. If you notice any such symptoms in your children, get their stool examined.
8. Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Infestations by intestinal roundworms or pinworms can lead to iron deficiency in the body and ultimately cause anemia. The parasites steal the good vitamins, including iron, from the food the person eats, leading to an iron deficiency.
Severe anemia, ultimately affects a child’s growth and development. In fact, slow growth and weight loss are common in children infested with parasites.
9. Skin Problems
Parasites that invade the intestinal tract cause inflammation in the body, which in turn causes several skin problems. Such skin problems include rashes, hives, eczema and other forms of skin allergies. Also, the toxins and waste products released by the parasites cause an increase in the eosinophils level in your blood. This can lead to sores, swellings, lesions and ulcers. Parasites can even lead to dry hair, brittle hair and hair loss.
If balding is progressive, look into a parasite cleanse. If acne continues, look into a parasite cleanse.
10. Muscle and Joint Pain
Certain parasites can invade the soft tissue in the joints and muscles, where they become enclosed in a cyst-like manner. This results in irritation and pain, which is often mistaken for arthritis. Also, the toxins released by the parasites can cause an inflammatory response within the body. Plus, pain can be experienced as a result of the immune system’s response to the parasites.
In most cases the parasite is not the only problem but the resultant toxic release into the system and this is classically where the regular detox would do miracles for your health. If you are eating high fibre and highly alkaline foods on a daily basis it would have been enough in the past but with modern day toxicity and compromised immune system we no longer have choices not dealing regular detox routines and that includes a parasite cleanse.
We at Imsyser health normally would suggest a regular 3-4 monthly routine of parasite cleanse followed by a deep intestinal cleanse:
And then to do a liver flush:
And if Candida overgrowth is present, as is most of the times as well as a poorly colonised gut:
Overall cellular detoxing should happen with your daily supplement:
Or simply call the Imsyser health team at +27 86 010 3859