Parasites are microorganisms that live of other organisms and everyone is at risk of developing parasite. Hence, a lot of people already have parasites in their body without knowing it. Additionally, some parasites can be the direct cause of a disease, whereas others cause diseases with their toxin production. There are several types of parasites such as: pinworms, lambia, hookworms, tapeworms, trichinella, and dientamoeva fragillis. Additionally, some of the parasites survive on the food a person eats, others by lying eggs in the body, and there are also parasites that feed on the red blood cells. Usually, parasites penetrate the body through the skin or mouth and infestation happens when a person is exposed to areas with parasites, that is, travelling to places with parasite infestations, consumption of contaminated water and food, poor hygiene and sanitation, poor immunity, as well as close contact with pets.
- Digestive problems
In case of intestinal parasite infestation, the inflammation which occurs destroys the intestinal lining to the gut, thus, causing chronic diarrhea. Moreover, the toxic waste produced by parasites induces bloating, nausea, gas, constipation, as well as burning sensation in the stomach. Therefore, if you practice nutrition rich in fiber and alkaline but you still struggle with diarrhea, or other digestive problems, you body probably needs a parasite cleanse.
- Pain in the stomach
Parasites in the upper small intestinal area may cause irritation and inflammation which results in bloating and ache. In fact, parasites stop the removal of waste products, thus, causing abdominal ache. This pain may be closely related to roundworm, fluke, hookworm, or tapeworm intestinal infestations. As pointed out in a study from 1986, hookworms are one of the main reasons for abdominal discomfort, usually in adults who have travelled abroad recently.
- Anal itching
People who have pinworms often experience anal discomfort and itching at night time when the female worms lay their eggs. In fact, the pinworms migrate to lay their eggs near the anus area, thus causing itching, acute pain, and crawling. If the skin is excessively itched, it may easily break down; thus, increase the risk of a secondary bacterial infection. If the itching lasts for more than 2 weeks, consult your physician.
- Fatigue and Weakness
Intestinal worms take all the vital nutrients from the food you intake, and, when there is improper absorption of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats, the body weakens and you feel depressed, tired, and apathetic. Moreover, exhaustion is present at all levels. Also, the waste overload, produced by the parasites, impedes the work of the organs, causing fatigue, lack of energy, and lethargy.
- Changes in appetite and loss of weight
Increased appetite accompanied with weight loss is usually a consequence of tapeworms and pinworms. This happens because the parasites consume most of your foods’ nutrients, making you hungrier than usually.
- Mental distress
Sometimes, visual hallucination, depression, and anxiety occur during parasite infestation. The neurons and the serotonin get attacked by the parasites, thus, leading to mood swings, nervousness, etc. Also, scientists claim that intestinal inflammation can cause brain inflammation, and the other way around.
- Muscle and joint ache
Certain parasites attack the soft tissue in the muscles and joints, thus, becoming enclosed in a cyst-like manner causing pain and irritation. The ache occurs as a result of the immunity’s response to the parasites’ attacks i.e. toxins release.
- Skin problems
Inflammation caused by parasites can result in numerous skin problems such as rashes, hives, eczema, and allergies. What’s more, the toxic released by the parasites increases the eosinophils levels in the blood which causes lesions, swellings, ulcers, and sores.
- Anemia and iron deficiency
Parasites take away the good vitamins from food, including iron, thus, causing iron deficiency.
Teeth grinding occurs during sleep due to the anxiety caused by the toxins released by parasites. A study published in the Dental Research Journal from 2010 confirmed a connection between parasites and bruxism in small children.