Winter getaways are definitely the best way to escape our harsh winter months. Tropical islands, exotic Asian destinations, visits “back home” can provide that sunshine and warmth, plus much needed stress relief. BUT, have you ever returned from an amazing holiday feeling worse than you left? Maybe you had traveler’s diarrhea or digestive issues during or after the trip? You may have contracted some unwanted pathogen from the water or food in these foreign destinations.
Sounds scary right? Well, you’re not alone; parasites are far more common than you think and, there are a number of ways you can bring them home. You can pick them up easily from contaminated food and water, undercooked meat or unwashed fruits and vegetables. Naturally parasites cover surfaces – like washrooms and doorknobs, some parasites can even enter the body through the soles of your feet.
In a Live Blood Cell Analysis a high-powered microscope is used to zoom in on your blood where any number of issues burdening your body can be identified, including parasites. We’re talking tiny microscopic organisms that feed off of your nutrition. Some leave you hungry after every meal and unable to gain weight. Others consume nutrients from your red blood cells, causing anemia or B12 deficiency. Some lay eggs that can cause itching, bloating, pains, acne, irritability, and even insomnia. And, of course, they are often present in unexplained and unresolved digestive complaints.
The signs of a parasite are often unrelated and unexplained. There are MANY different types of parasites that we are exposed to everywhere in our environment, all the time. Once a person is infected with a parasite, it’s very easy to pass it along. For example, if you don’t wash your hands after using the restroom, microscopic parasite eggs can easily be passed onto anything you touch — the door handle, the desk, your phone, or another person. Oh, and your household pets are a rich source of parasites!
Hand washing is great way to prevent parasite contamination and transmission. They are best treated with targeted, specialized remedies that kill the parasites and restore tissues over a period of time based on the parasitic load and your general state of health.
10 Signs You May Have a Parasite
- You have unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other symptoms of IBS
- You’ve had traveler’s diarrhea while abroad
- You have a history of food poisoning and your gut has not been the same since.
- You have trouble falling asleep, or you wake up multiple times during the night.
- You get skin irritations or unexplained rashes, hives, rosacea or eczema.
- You are living with a long-term illness
- You have pain or aching in your muscles or joints.
- You experience fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feelings of apathy.
- You never feel satisfied or full after your meals.
- You’ve been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia.
Live Blood Cell Analysis is a traditional Naturopathic assessment tool. It is available at the Waterdown Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine for existing patients and is also available to friends and family who are not patients at the clinic. Microcell Science Analyst, Donna Katic, takes you on an amazing journey to explore your blood and get you feeling better again!