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How Parasites affect Your Weight
2 Dec. 2015

parasiteIf you have tried to lose weight but all your efforts are for nothing, that is probably because of parasites living in your intestines sabotaging your nutrition and health.

Parasites are anything living in the body at the expense of the host. These can be worms, bacteria, fungi or viruses. They cannot produce energy or food and therefore need a host body to survive. There are over 100 parasites known and more than one can live in one body at a time.

According to the WHO, about 3.5 billion people suffer from some type of parasitic infection. And while these infections are rampant in the world’s poorest countries, as many as 50% of Americans have at least one form of parasites. When inside us, these parasites consume our food and suck nutrients out of our body. At the same time they produce toxic wastes and interfere with metabolism and nutrition.  As far as the host’s body doesn’t receive enough nutrition, the body’s immune defense reduces, eventually destroying cells and tissues and making us more susceptible to environmental factors that result in different illnesses and weight problems.

Here are 4 main ways how parasites affect weight:

Blockage of the nutrients absorption by inflaming the digestive tract leads to various gastrointestinal issues like indigestion, bloating, gas, heartburn, pain, diarrhea or constipation.  Moreover, when the body doesn’t get enough nutrients, we start having food and sugar cravings, which lead to overeating.

Besides this, parasites acidify body systems, damaging our organs and nerves. And when the body is not at peak of its efficiency, weight gain is most likely. To make things still worse, the body moves the acid into the fat cells where it stores all extra toxins. The more toxins we have, the more fat cells our body needs for waste dump.
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When our liver and kidneys are overloaded with dealing with the parasites’ waste products, these organs slow down. The liver has less time and energy to deal with everyday toxins and is more likely to dump them in fat cells.

Finally, a chronic gastrointestinal infection triggers inflammation and therefore sends the message to our body that we need more anti-inflammatory hormones, such as cortisol. Cortisol is a primary anti-inflammatory and a kind of fat storing hormone. Thus when the body is overproducing it, we start gaining weight, particularly around the midsection.

The above-mentioned are all factors contributing to obesity epidemic currently affecting millions of Americans, who probably cannot even guess where the root of their weight problem lies.

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