Social media is fun. I saw a post today that said... "What health trend are you hoping stays in 2023?" There were so many different answers but one resounding response was "parasites".
This made me laugh...like, literally I laughed that laugh that quickly turned to a nervous laugh when I realized they weren't making a dumb joke and were actually serious. Come on, folks!
First, these people called parasites a trend. A trend. Something that plagues 80% of our society and has potential to be responsible for some serious diseases.
And second, they were hoping no one talks about parasites in 2024.
Let me tell ya, I'll still be talking about them in 2024, 2025, 2026....
This is nutty! Clearly people do not understand the turmoil and damage that parasites can cause! So, I decided I needed to make another post and might even need to scream it from the rooftops!
PARASITES ARE NO JOKE, NOT A TREND AND NOTHING TO JOKE ABOUT!!!
Parasites can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the type of parasite, the part of the body affected, and the severity of the infection. Here are some common symptoms associated with parasitic infections:
Diarrhea: Many parasitic infections can lead to persistent diarrhea.
Abdominal Pain: Parasites residing in the gastrointestinal tract may cause abdominal cramps and discomfort.
Nausea and Vomiting: Some parasites can induce nausea and vomiting.
Constipation: Parasites can lead to dysbiosis and lead to constipation.
Chronic parasitic infections, particularly those affecting the digestive system, can lead to weight loss or can cause dysbiosis in the gut leading to weight gain.
Parasitic infections can cause fatigue and weakness, often attributed to nutrient depletion and the body's immune response.
Certain parasites can cause skin-related symptoms, including itching, rashes, and sores.
Blood-sucking parasites can lead to anemia.
Joint and Muscle Pain:
Some parasitic infections may lead to joint and muscle pain.
Infections caused by parasites, especially those involving protozoa and certain types of worms, can result in fever.
Allergies and Asthma-like Symptoms:
Parasites can trigger immune responses that may manifest as allergy-like symptoms or exacerbate asthma in some individuals.
Severe parasitic infections, particularly those affecting the central nervous system, can lead to neurological symptoms such as seizures and cognitive issues.
Infections with certain parasites can cause respiratory symptoms including coughing and difficulty breathing.
Liver and Gallbladder Issues:
Parasites can infect the liver or gallbladder.
Some parasites, like certain species of worms, may affect the urinary system, causing symptoms such as blood in urine or increased frequency of urination.
Parasite symptoms in human can also include sleeping irregularities, skin irritation, mood changes, and muscle pain. Toxins released by parasites can even cause anxiety and depression.
There is research ongoing to determine the impact parasites has in diseases like dementia, MS, ALS, cancer and other autoimmune diseases.
It's important to note that the symptoms can vary widely, and some people may not experience any noticeable signs of a parasitic infection, but even without symptoms, the parasite can be causing havoc that just hasn't shown up yet. Remember, addressing issues before they become a problem is the best way to help yourself. Be proactive! Additionally, symptoms can overlap with those of other medical conditions.
One of the worst thing you can do is dismiss parasites and the importance they play in symptoms and disease.
How to address parasites Addressing them is one step you also want to make sure you are doing right! It's not as easy as popping a pill. There are steps to this that your FDN-P or functional practitioner can help you with to ensure you are eradicating the best way. You have to find a way to weaken them, kill them and then get them out of your body. A simple cleanse isn't the answer.
But before you can address them, you need to take a look at your gut and see what is going on. Until December 31, my two favorite labs are on sale!
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For $1,298 you get both labs, results session and 2 coaching sessions. Start the new year off right! Call it a trend if you want, but it's estimated that ~80% of people have parasites in their gut and 60-80% have h. pylori. Don't you think that it's worth checking out?? I do...you are worth it. In health and wellness, Christene
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