By Alane Archer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
It doesn’t take a trip to a third world country to obtain parasites. Quite the contrary! They can enter your body through contaminated water, under-cooked meat, even contaminated fruits, and vegetables may be a host for parasites. A parasite is an organism that lives and feeds off another organism. For example, parasites living in your intestines are feeding off your nutrition!
These parasites come in all shapes and sizes and cause quite an array of problems. Some parasites may consume the food you eat and leave you feeling hungry after a meal. Others may feed off your red blood cells and cause anemia while others lay eggs and cause itching and even insomnia. The most common intestinal parasites are tapeworms and hookworms which live in the small intestine. Cryptosporidium is caused by water which has been contaminated by animal or human feces. This causes many upset tummies during summer months in pools because crypto can live in chlorinated water up to 10 days. When children swallow pool water they ingest the crypto parasite which can cause nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramps, however, in healthy children and adults, it will usually go away on its own. Knowing whether or not you have a parasite is the best situation for people suffering from GI symptoms. Pinworms can be passed to other people easily and live on bedding and clothing therefore testing and getting healthy could prevent your entire household from dealing with the same issue!
Symptoms of parasites are so varied that it may be difficult to know precisely what is causing your digestion and health issues without testing. At Nutritionally Yours we offer a comprehensive stool test which is a great tool to identify imbalances in intestinal microflora, the presence of parasites, beneficial flora and infectious pathogens to name a few. If you feel Parasites may be what has caused complications with your digestion, skin issues, malabsorption symptoms, weight gain or weight loss, hair loss, and need to know if you have a Parasite consider our stool test kit and get answers to symptoms.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.