It is claimed that most parasitic infections are asymptomatic, but that is not true. From the first day of being infected, it is placing stress on the body and activating the immune system. The parasite is also depleting the nutrients in various ways: by consuming your food, by physically interfering – as is the case for helminths (i.e., worms and flukes) – with proper digestion, which disrupts nutrient assimilation, and by the metabolic waste being released by the parasites which further increases the body's need for more nutrients to address the extra toxic burden.
The health issues increase over time due various factors including the aforementioned nutrient depletion and excess burden on the body by the release of the parasites’ metabolic waste combined with the increase in size and/or the number of parasites and any obstructions that may occur in the intestines or the organs, such as the gallbladder.
Not all symptoms may be experienced, as the symptoms depend on many factors: type(s) of parasite(s) one is infected, overall parasite load, health of individual prior to infection, length of time of infection, diet and lifestyle of individual, age of individual, etc. Also some symptoms come and go (i.e., occur intermittently). Some days can be better than others, but damage to the body continues to get worse over time.
Digestive Issues (Complaints):
Intestinal flukes cause iron deficiency.
NOTE: There are parasites that live in the blood, various organs, the brain, the spinal column, etc. and will cause additional symptoms not listed here.
Future posts will discuss:
- Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
- How parasitic infections are linked to various diseases, especially auto-immune diseases.
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¹Del Grande, C., Galli, L., Schiavi, E., Dell’Osso, L., & Bruschi, F. (2017). Is Toxoplasma gondii a Trigger of Bipolar Disorder? Pathogens, 6(1), 3. http://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens6010003
²University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Roundworms:
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
NHS (National Health Service)
Medical News Today
WHO (World Health Organization)
Learned about intestinal parasites from personal experience.
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