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Do I Have a Parasite? 7 Warning Signs of Gut Parasites and How to Eliminate Them

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“Do I have a parasite?”

It’s hard to imagine having a parasite living inside our guts… like some alien waiting until it’s fully grown before it bursts out of our stomachs.

Yet the reality is that millions of people could have parasites living inside them without knowing it.

And this includes people living in Western countries… because there’s a higher risk of catching a parasite than many people think.

How do parasites get inside the gut?

In less developed countries, it’s depressingly common for people to get parasites from contaminated food and water.

By Magdalena ZZ – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Typically, these parasites are worms like:

  • Tapeworms
  • Roundworms
  • Pinworms
  • Whipworms
  • Hookworms

What many people don’t realise is there are many ways we can catch them in developed countries too.

This includes: 

X Eating undercooked meat, raw fish and contaminated fruits and vegetables

X Not washing hands properly after using a public restroom

X Handling animals and not cleaning hands properly afterwards

X Touching a surface already contaminated with worms

So you see, catching a parasite it’s as hard as some people might think.

7 Warning Signs of a Parasite

The reason why parasites are bad for our health isn’t due to the parasite eating our insides or blocking our lungs from working.

It’s because parasites release toxins into the bloodstream. And these toxins can cause all sorts of havoc to our health. 

Warning signs of a parasite infestation include:

  1. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
  2. Rashes, itchy skin, hives, rosacea or eczema
  3. Grinding teeth when asleep
  4. Aching muscles or joints
  5. Low moods and low energy
  6. Iron deficiency
  7. Never feeling satisfied or full after meals

With such a wide range of symptoms, it’s no wonder parasites are hard to diagnose…

And often get confused with leaky gut, SIBO, candida or another gut health issue. 

Luckily, there’s an easy way to answer the question “Do I have a parasite?”

The best way of checking for parasites is with a stool test.

After taking a sample of your poop, doctors can check it under a microscope for 17 types of parasites, their eggs or the remains of dead parasites. 

Having a parasite infection sounds disgusting and can make the skin crawl. Yet the good news is they can be eradicated quite easily with prescription medications.

But if taking harsh drugs doesn’t appeal… you could also try a parasite cleanse.

What’s a Parasite Gut Cleanse?

A parasite gut cleanse is focused on making diet and lifestyle changes to eliminate an infestation.

This includes:

  1. Eliminating the foods that parasitic worms love to feed on – like gluten, dairy, processed carbs and sugars or pork. 
  2. Feed the body with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices – such as sweet wormwood, Magnesium caprylate, turmeric, and ginger, and gut enriching nutrients like probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes.
  3. Adopt a gut healthy diet and lifestyle – to support a strong immune system able to clear up any parasites already in the body and to get rid of them spreading in the future.

Sounds simple, right? 

Yet implementing a gut cleanse can be easier said than done.

The good news is there’s a program that guides you step-by-step in how to do it.

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Disclaimer – The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

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