You have to cleanse the parasites out. We all have them. I must’ve eaten animal products that were contaminated as I stopped eat meat but have here and there. Going through a cleanse almost killed me.
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12 Parasite Die-off Symptoms and How to Fight Them
October 10, 2018
Twelve Parasite Die-off Symptoms and How to Fight Them
Parasites are incredibly common, even in first-world countries. You can pick them up from drinking contaminated water, eating undercooked meat or fish, handling animals, swimming in infested bodies of water, or even using a public restroom.
Common signs that you might be hosting parasites include digestive issues (diarrhea, bloating, gas, constipation), recurrent skin rashes, teeth grinding at night, unexplained aching in your joints or muscles, mood disorders, itching, food or chemical sensitivity, brain fog, fatigue, and many other symptoms.
Humans can host a variety of parasitic bugs, from liver flukes, to tapeworms, pinworms, hookworms, and more. Parasites vary in size from microscopically small to many feet long.
Removing parasites from the body is a great step toward holistic healing, but it is possible to experience some symptoms as the parasites are dying and releasing toxins. It’s important to know how to support your body through this process.
When removing parasites from the body, it’s possible to feel worse because you feel better. Commonly referred to as “die-off,” one might experience cold- or flu-like symptoms, chills, headaches, anxiety, or others.
There are plenty of options to ease discomfort during a parasite cleanse. You can support your drainage pathways, perform coffee enemas, take binders, hop in a detox bath, drink lots of lemon water, and make sure your bowels are moving.
Make sure to get sufficient rest during a parasite cleanse, especially if you’re experiencing a Herxheimer (healing) reaction. Be gentle with your body, slow down, and make sure you’re giving yourself all the support you need.
Dealing with Parasites
By definition, parasites are organisms that live inside a host and intercept nutrients, essentially leaving you with just the leftovers…and maybe some nutritional deficiencies, too. No matter how healthy you eat, these pathogens are preventing you from receiving all the vitamins and minerals from your food..
Dealing with parasites is something you can do safely from home, as long as you have the right protocol and supplements. Even “healthy” people (those not experiencing uncomfortable, daily symptoms) can elect to complete a parasite cleanse in search for optimal health. Generally, these people need to cleanse for about 90 days, while those with more complicated infections or chronic illnesses may need much longer.
Since there are so many different types of parasites, the symptoms are varied. Tapeworms, for example, cause very different symptoms than roundworms or hookworms.
Often, digestive issues are a sign that you might be hosting parasites. Do you have unexplained diarrhea, bloating, gas, or constipation? You might look into clearing parasites out of your GI tract or bile duct.
Some other symptoms of parasites include the following:
Itching, especially rectally at night
Unexplained aches and pains in either joints or muscles
Stomach pain, tenderness, or cramping
Die Off Symptoms and How to Combat Them
When an “eradication agent” is introduced to the body, parasites die. They release inflammatory toxins that alert your body to pay attention, and expel them as fast as possible. This can be uncomfortable, but as long as you’re prepared and have the right tools in the house to deal with these reactions, you’ll have a much easier time.
Parasites can release neurotoxins, heavy metals, viruses, and other toxins, which enter into the interstitial fluid that surrounds the tissue cells. These toxins then travel to the lymphatic system, which helps filter your body’s waste. Next, they head to the spleen, lymph nodes, or liver to be further filtered, and then sent to other drainage organs (like your kidneys, bladder, colon, or even your breath and skin).
The trouble is, especially if you’re chronically ill, some of these detoxification organs can be blocked. This means the toxins can recirculate in the body as they wait to be detoxified, and that’s what typically causes die-off symptoms.
Die-off is sometimes necessary to endure, because the very thing causing the drainage trouble can often be the parasites themselves. Parasites love the liver and bile duct, but also many of the other elimination organs. The more you work on eradicating parasites, the easier these reactions can become.
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of any kind of detox. They can occur as your body adjusts to your parasite cleanse diet (avoiding caffeine and sugar), or because of parasite activity in your head. Sometimes, these type of headaches can co-occur with sensitivity to light and nausea.
Try some Frankincense oil or WO China Healing oil on your temples, across your forehead, and on the back of your neck. Make sure you’re well-hydrated, as headaches can easily worsen due to dehydration.
Adding the juice of half a lemon to your water keeps your body alkaline and gives your immune system a boost of Vitamin C. Richard Horowitz, MD, a well-known Lyme doctor, also recommends adding two tablets of Alka-Seltzer Gold to help reduce the effects of a Herxheimer reaction.
Symptom: Aches and Pains
Another very common, but uncomfortable, detox symptom is an aching body. Your muscles, joints, or even organs may hurt as a result of your body eliminating toxic waste while parasites die.
Try an epsom salt or magnesium chloride bath. This helps pull toxins from the skin, and also replenishes the magnesium in your body, one of the first things you burn through during stress.
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints during a parasite cleanse. It’s tough on your body to process and eliminate the toxins released when killing parasites, so be gentle with yourself. Most people begin to regain vitality and energy after spending some time on the parasite protocol.
Sleep is vital, not only for fighting fatigue, but also for giving your body the time and space it needs for healing. Be sure to get 8-10 hours of sleep, if possible. Go easy on the exercise, and replace your cardio or kickboxing with some gentle yin yoga or stretching, at least until your body has had some time to recover. B vitamins can also help combat fatigue.
Symptom: Skin Rashes
Skin is an organ of elimination, and sometimes your body tries to eliminate toxins in this way. You might experience rashes, skin sores, flare ups of eczema or psoriasis, dry skin, or a number of other rash-like symptoms. The good news, though, is that these typically resolve on their own in just a few days.
Dry skin brushing is a good way to stimulate your lymphatic system and also slough off that dead, toxin-containing skin. Use a soft, firm brush with natural bristles, and always brush toward your heart. It’s best to skin brush once or twice a day, ideally before a shower. Additionally, coconut oil with some tea tree oil is a great way to help your skin rashes heal a bit faster.
Symptom: Emotional and Neurological Disorders
Many parasitic infections, like toxoplasma gondii, can be responsible for disorders like OCD and generalized anxiety (Akaltun). Additionally, certain neurological symptoms can flare during a “die-off” reaction. In a 2013 study published inJAMA Neurologytook cerebrospinal fluid at the peak of a 55-year-old man’s Herxheimer reaction, and found elevated cytokines (particularly interleukins), which returned to normal when the reaction was finished. These white blood cells help stimulate an immune response (including inflammation) in response to a trigger or toxin. Though it’s difficult to foster this mindset, bear in mind that die-off reactions mean that your body is working hard to eliminate the toxins for you…and sometimes, you just have to ride through the anxiety or depression.
EFT is a wonderful tool for processing emotional trauma. You can also look into programs like Gupta and DNRS, which help you rewire trauma loops in your limbic system without the use of supplements or drugs. Braintap is another great resource for working through temporary anxiety due to die-off. It’s a set of headphones and “glasses” you can use to listen to relaxing meditations and visualizations. The light, tones, and “auriculotherapy” (trigger points in your ears activated by frequencies) all work together to create a relaxing experience.
Symptom: Anxiety and Depression
Parasitic infections, especially food-borne ones, can be responsible for depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia. Certain parasites,metacestodes of Taenia solium, actually influence the neurotransmitter pathways, affecting serotonin, Gaba, and dopamine levels (Bolton). Since Herxheimer reactions can sometimes cause flare-ups of current symptoms, some experience