Do you have parasites in your gut?
Most likely: YES!
Do you need to kill every parasites in your gut?
Most likely: NO!
The truth is, like every other critters in your gut, parasites are not good or bad. In fact, there is a lot of research on certain parasites/worms that are protective against certain diseases. Some people even purposefully implant certain worms in their gut to cure certain diseases, with great success!
I’ve seen a lot (and I mean… A LOT!) of parasites/worms come out of people with Mould illness. That’s because your immune system is so busy fighting with the mycotoxins that it’s not able to protect you from foreign invaders anymore, and keep the parasites in check.
So if you’ve tried countless approaches to repair your gut and relieve your symptoms and feel like you’re going around in circles, addressing parasites could be the missing piece of the puzzle.
You might even have done a ‘parasite cleanse’ already and think you’re in the clear. But because parasites are notoriously hard to get rid off, it might not have been enough.
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WHAT IS A PARASITE
A parasite is any organism that lives and feeds off of another organism.
They can range from tiny organisms that cannot be seen by the human eye, to huge worms that reach several feet in length. Gross, I know!
Some examples of parasites: 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.
Parasites considered definite pathogens (must be treated): Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia, Cryptosporidium.
Parasites considered opportunistic (treated depending on symptoms, history): Dientamoeba fragilis, Endolimax nana, Blastocystis Hominis
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM
- Contaminated water from underdeveloped countries (often the cause of the infamous traveller’s diarrhoea, but could also lead to more chronic infection)
- Undercooked meat (especially pork)
- Unclean or contaminated fruits and vegetables (think salad bar)
- Lakes, ponds, or creeks.
- In Australia, Blastocystis Hominis can be found in tank water. This is because possums can carry it… they poo on your roof, et voila, blasto in your water ;-(
- Animals (Do you let your dog lick your face? Cats can carry toxoplasmosis…that’s why you’re advised not to change cat litters during pregnancy)
Signs You May Have a Parasite
One of the biggest tell-tale signs of parasites is difficulty sleeping. This may mean difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, restless sleep, grinding of teeth at night, Restless Leg Syndrome, or any combination of these, as well as being hungry at night.
You may also wake up feeling exhausted even after a long sleep. All of these things occur because parasites are most active at night.
Other common signs and symptoms:
- GI issues: Constipation and gas/bloating are especially common, but also diarrhea and other IBS symptoms
- Skin issues such as rash, hives, rosacea, or eczema
- Arthritis like aches and pain. Low back pain is common.
- Feeling tired all the time
- Being hungry all the time, or never feeling satisfied after your meals
- History of food poisoning and ‘your digestion has not been the same since’ (this is also a major cause of SIBO.)
- Persistent flu-like symptoms
- Difficulty gaining or losing weight
- Food sensitivities
- Allergic like reaction, including hay fever
- Blood sugar issues that don’t seem to improve no matter what
- Itchy anus…. not something you talk about at the dinner table, but it is a common sign of parasites, especially in the evening/ night
WHAT CAUSES THOSE SYMPTOMS
As you can see, symptoms go way beyond the GI tract.
Many of those symptoms are caused by the toxins that parasites release into the bloodstream, including ammonia.
Parasites also place a major burden on the immune system and are especially toxic to the liver. This can make you more susceptible to viruses and other infections (let alone the fact that parasites can actually be a house for those organisms), but can also trigger auto-immune reactions, food sensitivities and unexplained fatigue.
By eliminating parasites first and foremost your body can then reduce its toxic load and your system can more efficiently clear pathogenic bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, fungus, and mold.
Ann Louise Gittleman, one of the leading authority on the subject of parasites, says:
“I have seen ADD and ADHD clear when pinworms were removed.
Food and environmental allergies disappear when worms are eliminated.
I have seen rashes clear when people do a comprehensive targeted colon cleanse.
I have personally experienced how brain fog and hypoglycemia are “lifted” when threadworms are cleared from the system.”
I wanted to give a special place to Blastocystis Hominis (often referred to as ‘blasto’) as it’s especially common in Australia —darn possums!! There is even a Facebook group dedicated to people who have been diagnosed with it and desperately trying to eradicate it.
There is a lot of debate among doctors and other health practitioners about whether it actually causes problems, and whether it should be treated or not.
In my opinion, whether you get symptoms or not depends on the overall balance of other bugs in the gut. This is true of most parasites.
If you have a healthy gut full of good bacteria, the chances are that blasto (and other parasites) won’t be an issue. But the reality is that most of us nowadays don’t have very health guts (even if you don’t have obvious gut symptoms) —This quiz can help you find out more about your own gut, and whether it’s likely to be healthy or not depending on your history, starting from birth!
My biggest frustration with blasto is that the treatment often involves multiple courses of antibiotics, which leaves the gut, and most often than not the person as well, in a worse condition than before, even if blasto is theoretically gone (the worst is, because the gut is now unhealthy and lacking good bacteria… blasto often comes back within days!!).
So should you treat blasto? Probably yes… however, I would personally AVOID the antibiotic treatment, and go for a more holistic approach. We’ve got some great treatment options below.
THE PROBLEM WITH DIAGNOSIS AND TESTING
Testing for parasites is extremely flawed, and often results in false negatives (meaning you have parasites, but the test fails to show it). The trouble is that parasites don’t necessarily come out every time you have a bowel movement.
And… even if you do find a parasite, as discussed above, it might not necessarily be the cause of your symptoms, or need treatment.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to optimising your gut with a gentle holistic approach that will address everything in your gut, including parasites (see more on that below)… so we’d recommend spending your money on this rather than an expensive stool test.
HOW TO GET RID OF PARASITES… HOLISTICALLY!!
Let’s start with DIET.
First of all, stay away from grains and sugar as much as possible, as they are favourite foods for parasites.
In terms of food that can help clear parasites, those are my top recommendations:
Pumpkin seeds: Aim for ¼ cup per day.
Garlic: If you tolerate it (please note that many people with gut issues don’t do well with garlic, mainly because it’s high in FODMAPs)
Papaya seeds: Many people are not aware that papaya seeds are very effective against parasites, even blasto. Aim for 1 tsp daily. You need to chew them well, they taste a bit like black pepper.
Anything colourful (rich in Polyphenols): This will help improve the overall health of your gut.
However, I want to make it clear that you will NOT eliminate parasites with food alone.
See more below about a few best-kept secrets when it comes to ridding your body of parasites.
Anti-parasitic herbs and supplements
There are many anti-parasitic formulas on the market, but today I want to share one of the best kept secrets: Mimosa Pudica Seeds — aka Para-1, from Cellcore Biosciences.
Mimosa Pudica is an absolute game-changer when it comes to gut health, and ridding yourself of parasites. It works in a totally different way to other anti-parasitic herbs. It actually forms a jelly-like substance in the GI tract which is very sticky and act a bit like a scrubber in your gut. This cleaning action can have a dramatic impact on the good functioning of your small and large intestine.
But what’s even better is that it seems to suffocate or ‘envelop’ the parasites and help to get them out of the body. There are many people who report stories of long worms coming out of their gut after using Mimosa Pudica…
I have to admit, I wasn’t so convinced at first, until I saw some weird stuff coming out of my own bowel after a week of using it!
So, to make a long story short, I highly recommend trying Mimosa Pudica Seeds.
If you want to learn more about Mimosa Pudica, check out this blog post: Mimosa Pudica Hacks.
Where can you buy Mimosa Pudica?
Australia: Buy Mimosa Pudica (aka Para-1) here
Full Moon Kit
Parasites are more active around the full moon, which is a great time to take some anti-parasitic and get the most out of it.
Check out the Full Moon Kit here and learn how to do the Full Moon Challenge.
Para-3, included in the full Moon Kit, has been specifically designed to address certain parasites, including blasto.
USA: Buy the Full Moon Kit here
1- Treat for long enough! Most people don’t treat for long enough, so they’ll only scratch the surface when it comes to parasites. They have a long and complicated life cycle and some of them can replicate inside you (sorry, it’s disturbing, but also true). I recommend treating for at least 3 to 6 months. However, you can cycle the treatment on and off during that time.
2- Treat the whole family, including animals! The last thing you want is to get re-infected by a family member. You only need one person to ‘forget’ to wash their hands after having #2 to get re-infected…
3- Parasites are more active around the full moon, which is a great time to take some anti-parasitic and get the most out of it.