Hidden Health Risks in Your Gut

Hidden Health Hazards in Your Gut

In the previous segment, Dr. Oz provided an electrolyte elixir recipe to help you prevent charley horses, but if you notice you’re unusually tired that could be caused by parasites. He brings Dr. Robynne Chutkan, MD, a gastroenterologist who explains how parasites can get in your body to rob you of nutrients and leave you feeling tired. A lot people don’t even know they are infected and can spread the parasites easily. These parasites can live in the body for up to 25 years. Many people who were diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are actually infected with parasites that are producing the symptoms.

This can come from eating contaminated food, not washing the hands properly, and drinking contaminated water.

Visible Parasites

These are worms that you get from food. They sit inside your body, burrowing in your intestines and growing up to 50 feet long. These are the ones that can live inside you for 25 years, robbing your body of vital nutrients.

Microscopic Parasites

These parasites cannot be seen without a microscope. They generally come from contaminated city water, but are also commonly found in nursing homes and day care centers. Around 30% of people infected may not even realize it, meaning children can carry the parasite home without ever knowing it.

Parasite Warning Signs

  • Yellow stool
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms for an extended period of time, see your doctor.

Next we see things you can do to prevent parasites from living in your body.

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