Our bodies are very, VERY smart.
But when the circumstances are right, when we have been sufficiently weakened by alcohol, sugar, loss of sleep, over exercising, travel etc.
Then they strike.
The problem is that these little critters will become a constant burden on our bodies and can tax every system we have.
They will steal our nutrition from our food before we can even absorb it and this can lead to deficiencies and a whole host of other problems like hormonal imbalance and insomnia that can all lead to migraines.
Here’s a few symptoms that parasites can cause:
Dry, itchy or flaky skin
Abnormal-looking fingernails or toenails
Erratic mood swings, nervousness or depression
Brain fog and headaches
Anal or vaginal itching
Sleep disruption and insomnia
Parasites are any organism that does not exist in a balance within us and instead leeches from us and our resources.
The most common kinds are worms, bacteria and fungi.
They are extremely opportunistic and generally come in two ways.
The first way is the most commonly known and is through travelling to an exotic location that your body isn’t used to or eating a food that your digestion isn’t ready for.
In this case we are simply overwhelmed and cannot protect ourselves from the parasite making a home out of us.
The second way is by continually feeding ourselves low nutrient food, draining our bodies and living a life out of tune with our purpose.
In this scenario, the “parasites” are actually doing us a service and eating the excess dead, undigested and empty calorie foods we are ingesting.
But this doesn’t mean they are necessarily good.
It means we are waaayyyyy out of balance.
And our bodies have run out of ways to deal with the food that’s basically become like poison to us.
Statistics say that the world population has an 85-95% rate of being infected with a parasite or fungal infection.
This is a BIG problem.
It means we are stressed, tired, eating mindlessly and out of tune with our purpose.
In many cases, when we can get our foundation principles to migraine health in line, the parasites are no longer necessary in our bodies and we simply eliminate them.
But in some cases, especially with tricky parasites we need to do a specific regimen to get rid of them, while simultaneously strengthening our digestive and immune system so they don’t come back.
See, I love parasites.
But from my perspective, they are just an extension of our bodies ability to cope with the many many toxins and stresses we give it in the 21st century.
This doesn’t mean they are good, because they are far from that.
But just like any other symptom we get, they are a sign.
A BIG sign.
Some can get a metre long!
And when you purge them through a bowel movement, it’s so scary, but so relieving they are finally out of you.
So what do we do about this gift that’s also a curse?
The first step is understanding why they happen and what our body does about them.
Because we ingest them all the time, they are on everything.
Sterilizing our environment is not the answer here because it can cause super-bugs, and leads to our own immune system being weakened.
When we eat food, our stomach acid is there to protect us from any dangerous organisms that may try and “set up shop” so to speak.
This stomach acid is called HCl or hydrochloric acid.
But, we also have a big problem with HCl production in the 21st century.
What’s the biggest way that HCl production is reduced?
So the body works like this:
When we are relaxed, our body is digesting and cleaning up the house
When we are stressed, whether it be work, exercise, relationships, undersleeping etc.
Then our body turns off our digestion to give more blood and nutrients to our extremities.
This prepares us to fight or flight.
But when we are in this state 24/7, it kills us.
It chronically turns off our digestion and causes so many more problems than just lowering HCl production.
This is why making sure you have a purpose is crucial.
It helps you reduce stress, focus on only what’s important and keeps you from worrying about things that do nothing for you.
Practising mindfulness, getting adequate sleep, and doing restorative exercises like tai chi or yoga help kill the stress cycle.
So we know stress is huge, but if we keep eating empty food, guess what?
Our body is so smart, it knows it shouldn’t be eating crappy processed packaged food AND it knows it doesn’t have the resources to deal with the food because we’ve been doing it so long so it lets the parasites live.
It forms a bond with the parasites so that they can take the burden that is put on us from eating dead food.
Remember that “any food that’s more dead than you, requires work to turn it back into you.”
So what do we do?
We eat whole foods.
We eat foods as they were created.
Foods that have not been broken down into individual ingredients and reassembled into “food.”
Because those are combinations of chemicals, not food.
So we eat real whole foods, it’s pretty simple.
Tomatos and carrots and chicken and fish.
Many whole foods have their own anti parasitic properties that help us.
And remember, when we are stressed, we don’t digest!!!
Have you ever experienced or think you might have a parasite infection?
Holistic Health Practitioner
Mark Canadic is a writer, speaker, holistic health practitioner and migraine community leader. Read Mark’s inspiring comeback story, “My Burnout and Brain Fires that Lead me to the Root.” Feel free to send Mark a message here.