10 Ways You Might Be Exposed To Parasites & Gut Pathogens

The first time a practitioner brought up the idea of parasites I immediately thought, “No, nope, no way.”

First of all, the idea of having a parasite or gut infection was so gross to me, I didn’t even want to consider it.

Secondly, I live in Florida, I drink filtered water, I wash all my produce… I just didn’t think it was possible I’d been exposed to a parasite.

But I was 100% wrong. Parasites and gut infections (also called gram-negative bacteria) are actually common – even in the United States, even if you’re very careful and clean (like me!) – and I’ve since learned that there’s nothing shameful about having one.

Are parasites and gut infections actually more common than you think?

One of my personal mentors on parasites is Dr. Anne Hill, ND.

Dr. Hill is an expert on pathogenic bacteria and parasites, and she taught me about all the different ways we can be exposed.

Today, I’m going to share 10 ways you can be exposed to parasites and gut infections.

#1 Eating Food Imported From All Over The World

When we were kids, you couldn’t get all kinds of produce all year long. Now you can get asparagus in October and apples in May. How? Produce is imported from all over the world.

Even if you wash your produce like I do, you’re still more likely to be exposed to more parasites and bacteria from all around the world. If you’re eating blueberries grown in Chile, it’s like travelling to Chile as far as the potential for exposure to pathogens.

#2 Drinking Water & Going Swimming

Waterways are only getting MORE contaminated every year. In 2018, outbreaks of cryptosporidium and giardia in the U.S. were linked back to contaminated waterways.

You should definitely filter your drinking water, but you can be exposed to parasitic and pathogenic bacteria by swimming, too. And no – pools aren’t necessarily safer than natural bodies of water. Rivers, ponds, lakes, pools, and the ocean can all be contaminated.

#3 Travelling

This one is the most well-known risk factor for parasites and gut pathogens. “Montezuma’s Revenge” and “Bali Belly” are two of the ones we hear about a lot.

But it’s not just international travel – even travelling domestically increases your risk of exposure to new pathogens and parasites.

#4 Eating Raw Food

Although many of us with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth don’t eat a lot of raw food, very few of us always eat all food cooked!

When food is cooked, the heat kills bacteria and pathogens. Eating raw or undercooked foods leaves you vulnerable to exposure. If you eat a lot of salad or sushi, you should be aware of this.

#5 Gardening & Exposure To Soil

Do you like to garden or even just occasionally pull weeds in your yard? Exposure to soil increases your risk of pathogen and parasites.

Even if you’re not a gardener, you might be exposed to soil hiking or camping.

#6 Exposure To Insects

Living in a humid environment, I’m no stranger to insects! Spider, mosquitos, ticks, horse flies, and spiders (among other insects) can all spread parasites and pathogenic bacteria through bites.

#7 Contact With Animals & Pets

Our pets carry pathogens and parasites in their body – and we let them lick us and sleep in our house! But even if you don’t have pets at home, any exposure to animals increases your risk.

Hunters are especially at risk because they’re exposed to wild animals.

#8 Having A Family Member in Close Contact

You can control your own risk factors to an extent – like never eating raw food or avoiding swimming – but you can’t control what the people around you do!

If your partner or children have any of these risk factors, you have them too! Close exposure and sharing food, drinks, and other items can all spread parasites and pathogens between people.

#9 Having a Weakened Immune System

If you’re dealing with any kind of chronic disease that weakens your immune system, you’re at a higher risk for parasites and gut infections.This is especially true for people taking immunosuppressant drugs!

But even if your immunity is just taking a hit from a cold or virus, you’re at increased risk.

#10 SIBO Patients

I hate to share this one – but just having SIBO puts you at increased risk of parasites and pathogenic bacteria.

SIBO impacts motility and can impact immunity – both of which make it easier for parasites and pathogens to find a home in you.

Don’t Freak Out!

I didn’t write this list to scare you or make you want to live in a bubble – I wrote it to show that EVERY single one of us is at risk for developing parasites and gut infections… and many of us probably have one right now that is holding us back from optimal health.

The good news: you can be tested and treated – and you can learn the warning signs and preventative measures you can take, too.

I invited Dr. Hill to teach a Masterclass covering all these topics and more.

She’s covering:

  • What parasites are & where you get them
  • What they do to your body (it’s more complex than you might imagine!)
  • How to get accurate testing (and not waste time or money)
  • How to treat them (specific protocols for EACH common infection!)
Watch 20 minutes of Dr. Anne Hill’s Masterclass right now. Purchase a ticket to the Masterclass for unlimited access to the entire class and the 2-hour Q&A.

April 7th, 2019 from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Eastern
How Bacterial Infections and Parasites Could Be the Missing Link in Your SIBO & IBS Diagnosis
With Dr. Anne Hill
Masterclass and Live 2-Hour Q&A

Tickets for the Masterclass and Q&A are $59 and include the opportunity to:

  • Pre-submit your questions before the live event
  • Watch live or catch the recording after the event
  • Get lifetime access to the recording and professional transcripts

Get your ticket for Dr. Hill’s Masterclass here.

You can also access this complete Masterclass and Q&A for just $19.80 as part of the SIBO SOS™ 2019 Speaker Series. The Speaker Series includes 10 all-new Masterclasses and Q&As for just $19.80 each. Learn more and join the Speaker Series here.

If you’re struggling to get well (and feel like you don’t know what to do next) – this Masterclass and Q&A is a MUST watch.

P.S. How many risk factors do you have? I have 8 out of 10!

4 thoughts on “10 Ways You Might Be Exposed To Parasites & Gut Pathogens”

  1. This might freak you out…. a popular product is called Monkey Butt. I am not joking.I seen it in the check out lane at a popular farmer store.It is for itching and irritation in that area that is not hemmoroidal. i wonder if this is parasite derived and people still do not know about it,or say Not Me! I am clean!Well a good product that i have used is wormwood cloves etc…Popular among Native Americans and used since Bible days for this problem. available at the Natural stores where you buy supplements. it is a good seller and it works. maybe to use 2 times yearly. do not overdo it. however some doctors feel to start with a larger dose as reccommended on bottle,to not aggravate the parasites. also,good to start low to see if ingriedients agree with your system,use common sense .

  2. To remove Parasites in the whole body not just the gut check out Paraway by Biolight Technologies. This cleanse is very different and does not use the harsh products many cant take and you take it for 30 days and your usually done. It uses the metals the parasites eat to oxidise them from the inside out. They do not morph like they do when you introduce harsh products to kill them. It is a convenent spray and you take it 2 times a day. Many skin issues are parasites and this product helps clear those up also. It is a whole body parasite cleanse not just a gut parasite cleanse

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