Parasites & Candida

Parasites and Candida overgrowth tend to go hand in hand. If you have one, you likely have the other. They are both extremely common, can cause many irritating symptoms and are usually the result of a slow metabolism.

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What is a Parasite?

 

It’s a small organism that lives on/in another host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. They essentially live inside us and eat up all our nutrients while releasing toxins. They mostly live in the colon but can be found all throughout the body.

 

Parasites are everywhere and simply a part of life. I know that sounds crazy because our society has made them out to be extremely rare and only in third world countries. But that is so far from the truth. You can get parasites from unwashed produce, undercooked meat, pets, walking outside barefoot, pretty much anything. 

 

Many people get parasite tests done but they almost always come back negative even though parasites are present. Why? They only test for a few common species out of the hundreds that exist, the parasite eggs dissolve before the lab can even analyze the stool sample and/or the parasites have buried them deep inside biofilms making them nearly impossible to detect.

 

If you have a slow metabolism (which most people do) this will allow parasites to overgrow and proliferate. I always like to strengthen the host rather than kill the guest. Sometimes parasite cleansing is necessary depending on the individual’s state, but the most important part is improving your metabolic health and strengthening your body’s defence mechanisms so that these little bugs leave you be. They are unavoidable in society so the key is to ensure your environment (body) isn’t liveable for them. 

 

Symptoms of a Parasite Infection? 

 

Constipation/Diarrhea 

Gas/Bloating 

Painful Menstruation

Low Iron 

Joint and Muscle Aches 

Sugar Cravings 

Allergies

Skin Conditions 

Sleep Disorders

Teeth Grinding 

Headaches 

Fatigue 

Weight Gain/Weight Loss

Increased/Decreased Appetite 

 

What is Candida? 

 

Candida is the most common species of yeast that we all have on our skin and inside our bodies. We need small amounts in our mouths and throughout our digestive tract in order to fully digest our food. 

 

However, we usually use the term Candida when there is an overgrowth that proliferates throughout the digestive system and other areas of the body. We need to keep a delicate balance of yeast and bacteria in order to be healthy. If yeast starts multiplying in our bodies due to stress, antibiotics, birth control, slow metabolism etc. this is when Candida begins to overgrow and we experience symptoms like… 

 

Sugar and Carbohydrate Cravings 

Fungal Infections

Gas/Bloating 

Mood Swings/Irritability 

Joint Pain 

Fatigue 

Vaginal or Anal Itching/Burning 

Headache

Poor Concentration/Memory 

 

If a candida overgrowth is suspected or detected via stool test, this a sure sign we need to support your metabolism and defence mechanisms because candida only thrives in an unhealthy environment. Anti-fungal agents may still be necessary but we don’t recommend starving out the yeast by restricting all carbohydrates and sugars as thats only further breaking down your metabolism which is the reason the yeast has overgrown in the first place. 

 

If you suspect parasites and/or candida, book your 1:1 membership to see how we can help.