Intestinal parasites are harmful living organisms that typically reside along the walls of the bowels and rob their host of nourishment, depleting the body of vital nutrients.
Parasites may be more common in our environment and present in our bodies than we realise. Transmission and spread can occur through the ingestion of uncooked or unwashed food, contaminated water or hands, and skin contact.
There is a range of different types of parasites that can infect the body, resulting in various expressions of signs and symptoms. The most common may include diarrhoea, gas or bloating, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, headaches, swelling, insomnia and constant hunger with weight loss.
Symptoms may sometimes be subtle or even absent, as some parasites reside within the intestines for years without a person even knowing they’re present.
If left untreated, parasitic infection poses the threat of malnutrition and can predispose to serious deficiencies and disease.
Amongst the many conceivable health benefits, colonics may also help the body to expel intestinal parasites.
Colonic irrigation is a vital first step in loosening and removing the built up mucoid plaque and faecal matter along the digestive tract. These are both a breeding ground for parasites.