Cramps, tummy pain and exhaustion sound like symptoms of the flu. But Dr. Mehmet Oz is spreading the word about a different possible reason: Intestinal parasites, which he explored on his October 30 talk show.
Most of us associate parasites with exotic travel and food. But Dr. Oz offers these surprising statistics: One in three Americans suffers from an intestinal parasite.
And although your immune system usually prevents any problems, certain symptoms can reveal that parasites are winning the battle in your body:
- Changes in the appearance or frequency of bowel movements, especially if you have excessive diarrhea or loose stools for two weeks
- Chronic exhaustion not resolved by a week of restful sleep
- Unexplained and sudden weight loss of at least 10 pounds over two months
- Itching around the anus for at least two weeks, especially if there is no rash
- Cramping and abdominal pain
Are all parasites the same? No. The four most common parasitic infections include:
- Dientamoeba Fragilis
If you think you might have one of these nasty critters within your body, talk with your health care provider. In addition, some alternative health experts suggest the following natural remedies:
- garlic: try two cloves daily
- wormwood tea: be careful not to overdo it and talk to your doctor first
- black walnut extract: check with your doctor before taking