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Signs You're Living With A Parasitic Load - Teri Cochrane

Signs You're Living With A Parasitic Load

Could you be living with a parasitic load?

One common health imbalance our team encounters with clients in our clinical practice is a series of complications instigated by parasites and their effect on the body. 

According to the CDC, “a parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host.” 

Common examples of parasites include ticks, fleas, lice, tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms, and various protozoa, like giardia. You can be exposed to a parasite through environmental contact - i.e. a hike in a field or the woods - or through water, soil or food. 

Common food sources of helminths (worms) and protozoa are undercooked meats and seafood, aquatic plants, and foods that are frequently eaten raw, like broccoli, cauliflower, and salad greens. 

Once a parasite takes root in the body, it can disrupt a number of systems and functions, particularly the skin, lungs and digestion. I have found that parasites can hide anywhere - in the lymphatic system, in the brain, and can wreak havoc on our mental health. 

Signs you may have a parasitic load include: 

  • Stomach cramps and pain.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Dehydration.
  • Weight loss.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Digestive problems including unexplained constipation or diarrhea
  • Skin issues such as rashes, eczema, hives, and itching.
  • Persistent muscle and joint pain.

In our practice, we use muscle testing to ascertain the source of a parasitic infection, and to identify the parasite itself. We then use our Hierarchy of Needs to rebalance the body, sustainably addressing the parasitic load and rebuilding any systems that may have been affected. 

Parasites are more common than you think! If any of these symptoms are ringing a bell for you, click the link in my bio to book a consultation today. 

In the meantime… Stick to cooked vegetables and greens if you suspect you have a parasitic load, and avoid any rare meats, sushi or other undercooked seafood. If you’re preparing a salad, ensure that you wash the greens thoroughly with a solution of warm water and white vinegar to minimize your chance of taking on additional passengers. 

To learn more, check out my blog about my go-to antiparasitic regimen!

To The Tru Of You, 

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