After publishing Why I Love Putting Coffee in My Butt: A Coffee Enema Love Story & How To I was blown away by the response and reaction from everyone.
There was SO MUCH I wanted to add to that article, but I erred on the side of not wanting to completely overwhelm everyone with all there is to know about parasites, and their friend candida. Here I will be sharing most of everything else I wanted to express about them and how the hell you can go about managing them. I am tackling both parasites and candida at once since they tend to go hand in hand.
So what are parasites and candida?
Parasites are organisms that live in or on a host and benefit by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense. They come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. They can be microscopic or grow to be around 30 ft long (tapeworms). Our furry friends aren’t the only ones who deal with them, all animals, us included deal with parasites. I’d be as bold to say, just about 99.9% of all people have parasites, as I see there’s no way in hell to avoid getting them… and guess what? That’s nothing to be totally afraid of. Knowledge is power, now that you know that you can do your best to try to rid your body of them as much as possible. That being said, I feel there is NO WAY to completely eliminate all parasites from ones body, as parasites lay plenty of eggs, reproduce quickly, and are very easy to pick up.
Candida is a yeast/fungus that is naturally found in one’s digestive system in small amounts it’s helpful just like all of the microbes that are in one’s body.
How do we get parasites & candida overgrowth?
One can get parasites through being around farm animals, from your furry companions, walking around barefoot, raw sushi, pork and undercooked factory farmed animal products, contaminated water, traveling, other humans, sexual activity, and unwashed fruits and vegetables.
As you can see, it’s virtually impossible to avoid getting parasites, unless you just stop eating, and live in a bubble.
Candida overgrowth, it happens due to the overuse of antibiotics, using birth control, and having unbalanced gut flora. Having a lot of heavy metals in one’s body can also exacerbate candida (amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings). It also serves to mention that parasites release a lot of toxins, so where there’s parasites there’s probably candida. While candida is naturally found within the digestive track, overgrowth can spread to the vagina, mouth, esophagus and elsewhere. So you never actually want to rid your body of all candida, or else then you’ll have a whole new problem to deal with. Research from Rice University shows that 70% of people deal with candida overgrowth
Signs of parasite infection & candida overgrowth
It’s my personal belief that the root cause behind a lot of the ailments people face today, are actually caused by parasites and candida. Thus why it seems so hard to treat, and why people are constantly at battle trying to figure out how the hell to feel better.
Symptoms of Parasites:
- insatiable cravings, especially for sugar
- iron & B12 deficiencies
- hormones out of wack
- muscle & joint aches
- gas, bloating, belching
- painful menstruation
- weight gain
- trouble losing weight
- bad taste in mouth
- frequent sinus infections
- food allergies
- drooling in sleep
- itchy booty hole
- sexual dysfunction
- teeth grinding
- forgetfulness or fuzzy thoughts
- runny nose
- chronic fatigue
- yeast/candida infections
- dark circles under eyes
*Thanks to OrganicOlivia.com for a majority of the list of symptoms.
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
- Skin & nail fungal infections… athlete’s foot, ringworm, & toenail fungus
- Feeling tired & worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, or Multiple sclerosis
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and/or brain fog
- Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
- Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
*Thanks to Amy Myers MD for the symptoms.
I covered this briefly in my original coffee enema post, but essentially after a whole lot of international traveling, my boyfriend and I wound up in Ecuador, where I could no longer take the daily diarrhea. I ended up taking a sample of my stool to a local lab, only to find out I had a potentially life threatening ameba, a yeast and fungus infection as well as some parasites. I began some Ecuadorian pharmaceuticals and an antibiotic (to help with the parasite) despite my desire to stay from western meds, they helped but I knew with the use of the antibiotic my candida got worse, and knowing what I knew about parasites I knew I’d have to go on the full force attack. To read more about my findings in Ecuador, click through onto the Instagram post.
As this article unfolds, I am sharing what I did to help reduce my candida as well as what I am continually doing to help expel parasites.
What I Ate to Reduce My Candida & Lower My Chances of Contracting More Parasites
I scoured the internet looking for how to eat to reduce my candida and lower my chances of contracting more parasites. The following are things I ate, and things I avoided. Note that most of the things I am noting I avoided are things I don’t eat anyways, I am just listing them here in the chance that someone reading eats it.
What I ate/took:
- Vegetables galore
- “Humanely” raised meat & eggs
- Avocados a plenty
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Almond Butter
- Almonds, walnuts, pistachios
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pau D’arco tea, good for reducing fungus | 1-2x per day
- Garden of Life Probiotic | 1x per day
- Digestive Enzyme | 1-2x per day
- Berberine, helps gastrointestinal function | 1x per day
- Diatomaceous earth | 1tbsp per day in water first thing in the morning
- Apple Cider Vinegar | used for the enemas described below
Obviously you’re like “wtf, thats all I can eat, where’s the cupcakes, where’s the pineapple?” Well being that parasites and candida thrive off from sugar, I removed any sugar I had from my diet, including fruit. A lot of the resources I looked at recommended removing fruit. While I believe fruit is beyond needed for a healthy, well rounded diet, I was at my wits end and just wanted to do whatever the hell I could to treat my body. I gave myself the treat of eating dried, unsweetened organic mango once a week.
If you’re vegan, please check out this guide.
What to avoid:
- fruit, or at least high glycemic fruit
- fruit juices
- dairy products, which feed candida and parasites
- raw, medium rare meats
- pork- loaded with parasites
- sashimi- it’s LOADED with parasites
- simple carbs- sugar, soda, candy, bread, pasta, baked goods
- protein bars
- beans/lentils *some would argue this if following a vegan diet
- complex carbs like- wild rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, etc *some would argue this as well
- any alcohol
Additional Treatment Methods:
- Coffee enemas- described here
- Apple Cider Vinger enemas
take about 64 oz distilled or spring water, add 1 tbsp Bragg apple cider vinegar and administer. Hold for ~ 15 minutes
!TMI WARNING… Graphic Images!
I’ve now been doing enemas for about 3-4 months. I’ve been following the guidelines in this article for awhile, with some occasional tweaks or slip ups fucking chocolate.
I have now been expelling cholesterol/liver/gallbladder stones in my bowel movements without the aid of enemas, which is a good sign to me, it shows me my body is finally sussing out what should stay and what should go.
Below are some of the nasties I’ve expelled from my body. Keep in mind, being that I haven’t sent these specimen in, I can only take an educated guess as to what they are based on my research and the opinions of the people within the Facebook group, Bottoms Up, which is a group for all things enemas.
Let’s talk about die off…
Something you may come across as you follow the diet, take the supplements, and do the enemas is you may get a herheimer reaction. Basically, when these little fuckers start to die within your body, they’re going to be dumping out all of their toxins and the stuff they poop out (yeah they poop too, it’s their waste product). Combine their toxic dump and the fact that the other ones who will manage to survive become pissed off… their agitation will become your agitation. Your emotions may very well mirror theirs.
As bogus as that sounds, these primitive creatures do exhibit emotion. So you may find yourself with headaches, feeling sick, angry, you’ll have moments where you bug out (pun intended), and all that fun stuff. It’s a process. You gotta allow yourself to go through this detox period if you ever want relief from the ailments you’re looking to treat. It’s a necessary evil. I had moments where I flipped the fuck out, but it dies down… think about it, the parasites are pissed you’re trying to uproot their free stay in a posh, environment, of course their going to get mad. But there’s something you can do to help get this process moving quicker… I recommend taking activated charcoal, as it helps bind to the toxins and waste, pulling it out of your system, instead of letting it sit and stew. This is the brand I recommend:
Some final thoughts…
I know poop is hard to deal with for some people, I get it.
I was raised to think poop, farts and anything booty related was unlady like and lacked class. It took me a long time to get over my issues with poop. But if you believe that your body is a miraculous, beautiful, thing than poop is just a natural process your body does for proper health. It’s a good thing, and getting up close and personal to dig through your poop (I use wood food skewers that I throw away after each poke and prod) allows you to be a student of your body.
If you’re unsure of where to start let me say this…
Just friggin start. Don’t suffer from paralysis due to over analysis. There’s always so much research to do, but just do your due diligence, get a feel for what it is you’re to do, and then do it.
And a little reminder..
I’m not a doctor, but I play one on social media, so please do your research, make sure this sits well with you, and talk to your doctor, albeit, most doctors think enemas and parasites are a load of bullshit, but if you feel called to do it, then follow that calling, just be sure that you’re ready to and that it is right for you.