Stomach Parasites Symptoms [and how to get rid of them]

Stomach Parasites Symptoms [and how to get rid of them]

stomach parasites symptoms

Are Stomach Parasites Causing Your Fatigue?

You might wonder why I’m including an article on stomach parasites symptoms in a website about chronic fatigue syndrome.

The reason is that after carrying out a lot of testing, including comprehensive stool testing, it was discovered that I had a stomach parasite. This parasite contributed greatly to my particular version of chronic fatigue syndrome.

I think it is very important that you carry out testing to discover if stomach parasites could be contributing to your chronic fatigue.

There are some stomach parasite symptoms to watch out for and I’ll go into this further in the following information.

Normally, there are thousands of tiny organisms and bacteria living in your gut. Most of them are harmless and are responsible for contributing to the balance and general health of your digestive system.

Sometimes, however, you may experience a range of gut-specific symptoms such as:

  • Unexplained constipation
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Brain fog
  • Aches and pains
  • General fatigue

All of these symptoms can be traced to a parasitic infection.

 

Types Of Intestinal Parasites In Humans

 

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Parasites are living forms that feed on a host to gain nourishment and protection.

They can cause poor nutrient absorption, leading to weakness and weight loss or weight gain.

 

 

 

If you’re infected with a gut parasite, you can also develop a whole range of symptoms such as skin irritations and unexplained rashes, hives and eczema, aches and pains in your muscles and joints, general fatigue, depression and feelings of apathy.

 

1. Helminths

 

Stomach parasites symptoms

The first type of gut parasites are known as helminths – parasitic worms that live in the small bowel and attach themselves to the wall of the intestine.

They are multi cellular organisms, visible to the naked eye, and are usually caught if you drink contaminated water or by treading on contaminated soil in countries with humid climate and poor sanitation.

The roundworms, or nematodes, have long and thin unsegmented bodies, while the tapeworms have long flat ribbon-like bodies and numerous segments.

Flukes tend to resemble leaves in their appearance and unlike the other two types of helminths, don’t have any body cavities.

Unlike other pathogens such as viruses or bacteria, or protozoa – organisms living in your gut – helminths don’t proliferate within their host.

The worms can grow and mature, but once they produce offspring, it’s usually voided from the host to infect new people. Most helminth infections are well tolerated, especially if you have a strong immune system. However, some helminths can cause more serious damage. The larvae and the adult roundworms can move within tissues and cause obstruction, inflammation, anemia and even organ malfunction.

Adult flukes can cause fibrosis in the organs or hypertension when their eggs become lodged inside the vessels.

 

2. Protozoa

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Unlike helminths, protozoa are tiny single-celled organisms that live in your intestine. Some of them seem rather harmless, and others can be beneficial to your gut health.

In some cases, however, protozoan parasites can cause a variety of digestive symptoms, fatigue and exhaustion.

Normally, protozoan organisms permeate the environment. They form cysts – a resting stage during which they are resistant to any temperature extremes or chemicals.

Infection with protozoan parasites occurs when you can ingest a cyst from your environment, though your immune system will normally keep the protozoa under control.

 

3. Tapeworm

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The tapeworm is one of the most common gut parasites. You can catch one if you drink water contaminated with tapeworm eggs or larvae, or eat raw or under cooked meat.

Tapeworm eggs are passed with the feces and can survive for days to months in most environments; from there, they find their way into cattle and pigs.

Once you ingest the larvae or eggs, they develop into adult tapeworms in your intestines and attach themselves to the gut wall, where they can live for years.

With time, the adult tapeworm produce proglottids, which mature and detach from the tapeworm, migrate to the anus and are passed in the stool to infect other hosts.

Normally, the tapeworm resembles a large white ribbon that can grow up to 50 feet and if left untreated, can reside in your intestines for up to 30 years.

Symptoms of tapeworm infection include digestive problems such as nausea, lack of appetite, abdominal pain and weight loss, as well as unexplained lumps and bumps, severe allergic reactions, recurring bacterial infections and, in some cases, neurological problems such as seizures.

 

4. Giardia

The Giardia intestinalis is a protozoan parasite which can infect your bowels and cause giardiasis. Infected individuals can pass it in their stools and if you consume water, food or drinks contaminated by the infected feces, you can catch giardia.

In some cases, you can develop giardiasis after direct contact with someone, for instance if the infected person had the parasite on their hands after they went to the toilet.

Unlike tapeworms, giardia don’t have a larvae stage. Giardia cysts develop and as few as 10 can result in infection. When the cysts are ingested, the low pH of the stomach breaks them open and the activated flagella enters the small intestine.

Once inside, the giardia starts reproducing asexually and in some cases, may form further cysts in the small intestines.

In most cases, infection with giardia is asymptomatic, but if you have a weakened immune system, it can cause either chronic or acute diarrhea.

Symptoms normally start 1-2 weeks following initial contact, and can include abdominal pain, bloating, dehydration, flatulence. The diarrhea can last around a week with the acute form of giardiasis, or 2-6 weeks if you suffer from the chronic form.

 

5. Blastocystis Hominis

The blastocystis hominis is another type of protozoa and is usually found in the stools of people with diarrhea as well as of healthy people without any digestive symptoms.

Little is known about this parasite, but experts suggest that certain forms might be more linked to an infection than others.

This is the parasite I had and which was contributing to some of my chronic fatigue symptoms. And until I managed to get rid of this parasite I was unable to get completely well.

The blastocystis hominis has four distinct life stages – vacuolar, granular, ameboid and a cystic stage, which is arguably the most infectious one. You can catch blastocystis hominis by drinking contaminated water or through direct contact with an infected person (oral-fecal transmission).

The symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating and flatulence, as well as loss of appetite and weight loss, fatigue and hives.

 

Natural Treatment For Intestinal Parasites

There are many natural herbs that can kill off parasites in the gut including berberine, oregano oil and grapefruit seed oil. Tinctures including wormwood, black walnut and olive leaf are also effective. This study shows the efficacy of using herbs to control intestinal parasites. 

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Foods which have anti parasitic effects include coconut, garlic and pumpkin seeds and can be included in your diet easily.

Shredded coconut and pumpkin seeds can be included in healthy gluten free breakfast cereals and smoothies. Coconut oil can also be included in your healthy smoothies and used for sauteing vegetables.

Cooking with garlic is easy too, you can add it to roast veggies, stews and soups.

Adjustments to your diet are also crucial in eliminating parasites for an effective parasite cleanse. To starve them you need to remove the food they grow on, namely sugar in all forms including fruit, grains and gluten.

 

 

My 4 Step Intestinal Parasite Cleanse

Step 1.

The regime I followed to rid myself of the blastocystis hominis started with a water fast for 3 days ensuring my gut was empty, followed by a session of colonic irrigation.

Step 2.

Then I hit the parasite pretty aggressively with berberine, oregano oil and grapefruit seed oil cycled for 3 days each. This was to ensure the parasite didn’t become resistant to any of the herbs. Read about the highly effective oregano oil I used and why it’s important to use this type here.

Step 3.

My diet was also very pure consisting mainly of meat, fish and vegetables. As blasto feeds on sugar, my diet was completely free of fruit, dairy, gluten, grains and sugar. It sounds boring, but I simply visualized starving and killing off the parasite that was giving me so much trouble and it became easier to adjust to the restricted diet.

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I stayed on the diet and herbs for approximately 4 months to make sure the parasite (in all its growth stages) was eliminated. During this time I also had a few more colonic irrigation sessions to keep flushing my digestive tract.

Step 4.

Once I had killed off the parasite with the herbs, I concentrated on re populating my gut with probiotics as the herbs kill off the good bacteria along with the parasite.

It is very important to include a good probiotic supplement and probiotic foods in your diet after you have finished taking the anti parasitic herbs. Continuing with a healthy diet is also critical to ensure you are encouraging healthy gut flora.

Some good probiotic foods include plain unsweetened yoghurt made with live cultures , kefir, kimchi, fermented vegetables, and kombucha tea.

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Blastocystis is a very resistant parasite and it took several months to finally get rid of it. However, the change in my overall health was amazing. I slowly started to feel more energetic and could finally start exercising again once it was eliminated.  Until I rid myself of this parasite I had been unable to exercise for more than two years.

Along with all the supplements I was taking to help with other chronic fatigue syndrome issues, I finally recovered completely. In my case I have no doubt that this parasite along with gut dysbiosis was a major contributing factor to my ongoing lengthy journey with chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

Putting It All together

If you think you have stomach parasite symptoms, carry out comprehensive stool testing with your naturopath to find out if you have some form of intestinal infection. Follow the diet guidelines given by your health professional to starve the particular parasite infection you have.

Selecting a few anti parasite herbs and cycling their use ensures the parasite does not become resistant o the herbs. Once the infection is under control and the parasite eliminated you should follow up with probiotics to make sure your gut is re-populated with good bacteria.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave comments below.

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23 Comments

  • Wendy July 3, 2018 at 1:06 am

    I found this post very interesting because I started a low carb lifestyle 3 years ago. I drink a diet of meats, fish, cheese, and veggies. I don’t eat any processed food or added sugar. And in doing so, I have lost 60 pounds. But the amazing thing is I have incredible energy. I never get tired in the afternoon and I don’t fall asleep at night while watching tv.

    I also take lots of vitamins and put 3 drops of Oregano oil under my tongue daily.

    So it sounds like while working on being healthy I was also perhaps killing or preventing stomach parasites. Now I will for sure continue with being healthy.

    • Ann July 3, 2018 at 1:32 am

      Hi Wendy thanks so much for your comments and congratulations on your amazing weight loss. It sounds like you have made lifestyle habits that really suit you. 

  • Chris November 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Yet another very interesting, yet very surprising article on health issues – just the thought of stomach parasites makes you shudder slightly! 

    So how long did it take your doctors to diagnose this parasite that was leading to your chronic fatigue? Was it a last ditch resort to locate the cause?

    Also, how common is this sort of parasite with people who have chronic fatigue symptoms?

    • Ann November 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Chris thanks for your comments. It was only after carrying out comprehensive testing of my gut that the pesky parasite was found. I’m not certain how common parasite infections are for chronic fatigue sufferers. However I think generally gut issues can be implicated in sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome. 

  • Dale November 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    These websites truly bring my interest to the forefront since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Believe me very quickly you start looking very closely at your health.  I sometimes wonder if it was some sort of parasite that was giving me some bad stomach aches on my path to getting healthier because as I moved on the pains went away.  Just a thought.  What do you think?

    • Ann November 10, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Dale I’m glad that your diabetes has resulted in you looking at your overall health. Sometime we need a bit of a wake up call. If you think you may have a gut parasite carrying out comprehensive gut testing will let you know. 

  • Jay March 11, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    This was really informative and shows we need to be really careful about our health. There are bacterias inside our bodies which are both good and bad for our health. The stomach parasite I know I am familiar with is just Tapeworm and I had no idea how it actually got into our bodies.

    Coming across this post is really helpful as it has shown me ways to be able to avoid and tackle stomach parasites. At least I am familiar with garlic but what I am not too sure of is if I should eat the garlic raw or cook it with my food because I just feel that if I cook it the heat might kill some of the active enzymes in it. 

    • Ann March 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Hi and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes tapeworm is one of the stomach parasites most people are familiar with. Unfortunately there are a few others that can cause issues. You can eat raw garlic or use a garlic supplement, which is generally a more pleasant, less stinky way to take it. 

  • phranell86 March 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    This is the first time I am learning that stomach bacteria can actually cause chronic fatigue syndrome. I easily get fatigued and experience low energy levels for most of the day. I haven’t been diagnosed with any condition yet, so I am making a lot of research online. Finding your article seems like a blessing to me. It is interesting to know that certain natural foods like shredded coconuts and pumpkin seeds can help with these parasites. I have a coconut tree at the back of my yard and rarely paid attention to it. I guess I would have to eat more of the flesh to see how it helps. The water inside has been helpful to me when I feel fatigued in the afternoon.I think trying out the oregano oil softgel will bring additional benefits in addition to these natural food products. 

    • Ann March 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Hi and thanks for leaving a comment. Stomach parasites can cause a lot of health issues. I hope you can resolve some of your issues soon. 

  • Aweda Olakunle March 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for this information on parasites. I did not know they could cause such amount of problems to your health. I will be asking my doctor to check for these nasty creatures at my next check up. Thinking about these creatures living in my stomach makes me feel bad. I hope they do not find any there but I have had some of the symptoms you mention.

    • Ann March 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can get any parasite issues resolved. 

  • Amanda March 11, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Well this is discerning, those symptoms could be misdiagnosed easily.  I think these tests should be provided with a reg. check up.  

    I have no experience in this area and I hope never to.

    The whole thought of this is disturbing to me and has made me rethink some of the symptoms I have.

    • Ann March 11, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Hi thanks for your comment. I know…… the thought of having a stomach parasite is pretty disturbing. The parasite I had that made me so ill was a microscopic one. Somehow the thought of that I could cope with, not so sure how well I’d cope with one of the visible ones. 

  • Olalekan Taliat March 11, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Parasitic related chronic fatigue is rather a rare occurrence. Many times parasites are connected to various illnesses and sickness syndrome. I experience the chronic syndromes of E.coli . I am happy I meet a good and insightful topic. As a well researched topic I appreciate the accuracy of the information provided. Thanks for this Wonderful topic.

  • Nicole Stiles March 14, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I’m pretty sure you can get tapeworms from eating fleas too. People don’t outright eat fleas, but if you eat dirt you may inadvertently eat some. Dirt isn’t normal to eat either but some pregnant women crave it and children will eat anything they shouldn’t. 

    Thanks for this breakdown of different intestinal parasites. It can be confusing knowing the difference. We almost bought the wrong dewormer for our cats because we didn’t understand the difference the other day. parasite problems seem to be quite a bit more complex in people than animals though.

    • Ann March 15, 2019 at 2:06 am

      Hi there and thanks for stopping by. You are correct, from what I’ve read that pets can get tapeworm from eating fleas. It seems it is possible, though rare, that humans can get tapeworm this way too. Thanks for mentioning this. 

  • supportcme May 18, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Hi, it is great information about the chronic fatigue and the remedies are super easy to follow and the information you shared gives a great knowledge about the health and good life style, I need definitely need to add this into my daily diet plan and it ii way more healthy, Thank you for such a great information. 

    • Ann May 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Glad to hear you found the information useful.

  • Dave Sweney May 18, 2019 at 4:34 am

    You have presented the source problem that can be a contributing factor in chronic fatigue that I was not aware of. That stomach parasites can have such a debilitating effect over the discomfort in the area to affect your whole body was alarming to me.

    I wonder how many misdiagnoses occur on a regular basis when people try to get treatment for their chronic fatigue, and this is something that most definitely will be added to my resource folder (your post as well as the associated links). This is a case study using yourself that shows there are solutions available. 

    The regimen that you went through to rid yourself of the Blastocystis was very rigorous and took some determination for sure on your part. It is heartening to know that at the end of the 4 month period, you had rid yourself of that parasite and were able to repopulate your digestive tract with the good bacteria.

    The exact process that you have used is, I would imagine, one that has been used with others suffering from the same malady, or was this an entirely new procedure, based on your experience and knowledge? In either case, I would say this is worthy of publishing in other venues in addition to your website, as it sure will be helpful to a lot of people. 

    Thanks so much for sharing and I am glad to read that you are feeling a lot better after ridding yourself of these debilitating stomach parasites.

     

    • Ann May 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Hi and thanks for leaving a comment. I was tested for parasites years before this particular comprehensive test and it did not show any parasites. This highlights the importance of carrying out the right type of comprehensive stool testing. I’m sure many people suffer from parasites and don’t get the right diagnosis. The protocol I followed was on the advice of my naturopath who specializes in treating chronic fatigue syndrome and had been used successfully before. Yes you are right it was rigorous and took some determination to follow. However, when your health is bad and you are no longer leading a ‘normal’ life it makes any protocol easier to follow. 

  • Online Pharmacy May 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    amazing information share with us

    • Ann May 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks very much for stopping by. So glad to hear you found the information on stomach parasites symptoms informative.

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