IBS, (irritable bowel syndrome), is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, typically characterised by abdominal pain and bloating and often constipation and diarrhoea. In my experience, I would say that one in three people consult me with a host of symptoms that are associated with IBS, including candida albicans. Research suggests that IBS affects up to one in five people in the UK at some stage of their life.
It can be exasperating when you have tried everything from elimination diets, the fodmap diet, the candida diet, excluding commonly known triggers such as gluten and dairy, over-the-counter remedies and many other hopeful solutions. One area you may have not thought to investigate is parasite infestation, the symptoms of which mimic IBS. Millions of people have parasites without realising, but they conclude it must be IBS. Without functional laboratory testing, you won't always know for sure what is really going on within your body, and a simple stool sample can put an end to the guess work. However, three samples are necessary because they lay eggs in between, so testing one sample is not always an accurate result.
One lady told me that when she first came to see me, she could not believe she was able to walk from the door to my desk as she felt so ill. Laboratory testing confirmed she had many parasites, and it was not until we tackled these, that she regained her health again. Some parasites are very resistant and difficult to get rid of, and whilst herbs/antibiotics can kill off certain ones, they won't necessarily be effective in killing others. Also, if you do use herbs/antibiotics, you need to ensure they are the correct ones for the particular parasite you have.
You may be experiencing some of the symptoms below, in which case please contact me, and I will be happy to help you. My approach is to look at the underlying causes of your IBS symptoms, some of which can be candida, parasites, sibo, stress, dysbiosis, bacterial infection or food allergies.
These are some of the symptoms associated with parasites:
ABDOMINAL PAIN & CRAMPS
OVERWEIGHT - DIFFICULTY LOSING WEIGHT
FOUL SMELLING STOOLS
RASH AND ITCHING OF THE SKIN
LOW BACK PAIN
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
ALTERED INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY
IRREGULAR BOWEL MOVEMENTS
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
JOINT & MUSCLE ACHES & PAINS
Parasites need tackling because they rob your nutrients and impair your immune system. Weakened immunity significantly increases the risk of infection by these unwanted organisms, and parasites are no exception. They can be transmitted also from fruit and vegetables that have not been washed properly, walking bare-foot on the beach, animals, tap water, raw fish, babies nappies and food poisoning. If you find yourself suffering multiple food allergies or any of the above symptoms, consider parasite infestation.