Wondering if you have a stomach parasite? People have them more often than they realize.
For most of us, a tummy bug passes in a few days and we don't have any lasting results.
The severity and duration of our particular stomach bug depends on exactly what causes our stomach discomfort.
Something as simple as eating food that is a bit "off" or drinking some contaminated water can really make us feel as though we'd rather be dead!
Thankfully, the feeling doesn't last and our body is able to get rid of whatever toxins we've ingested, returning us to normal after a day or two of utter misery.
Not all stomach upsets are caused by stomach parasites. Sometimes, we get stomach aches from emotional upsets, too much alcohol, or a sensitivity to a particular type of food or drink. Many people even have continual stomach problems from consuming too much caffeine and never even think of that being the culprit.
The most common symptoms of stomach upset from stomach parasites, bad food, or other tummy problems are as follows:
You may not have all of these symptoms, and they might vary in degree throughout the course of your temporary inflammation of the intestinal tract. Usually, though, they will only last for a day or two if it is indeed what we commonly refer to as the "24 Hour Bug."
If you do find yourself suffering from these flu bug symptoms, here are some simple suggestions that you can try to get a bit of relief. I know when I get a nasty case of the flu, I just want something to help me get through it and get rid of the stomach parasite as quickly as possible.
Of course, I don't recommend you try all of those remedies at once! :-) You may make yourself feel worse. Be sensible and try them one at a time or perhaps even a couple that seem to go hand in hand. Use your good judgment and you'll probably discover what works best for you. Mark it down somewhere so the next time you are feeling miserable as a result of a stomach parasite, you'll know just what worked before.
If you have regular stomach problems or irritable bowel, consider whether or not you could possibly have a sensitivity to caffeine. You may not even pay attention to how much caffeine you actually consume in a day.
Don't forget, not only is there caffeine in coffee, but also in tea (even green tea), soft drinks (mostly colas), and the ever popular energy drinks. And let's not leave out my personal favorite, chocolate!
Here's some common symptoms of caffeine sensitivity:
Want to find out if your recurring stomach problems may be caused by caffeine? Do a simple two week caffeine test! Gradually lower your caffeine intake over the course of the first week (all forms, of course). During week two, don't have any caffeine at all! You may suffer withdrawal, usually a headache. Are your stomach symptoms gone?
If you discover you are sensitive to caffeine, but can't bear to give up your morning cuppa, try holding off until later in the morning after you've eaten something, rather than drinking it on an empty stomach.
You might even want to give some of the caffeine free herbal teas a try. They are quite nice once you get accustomed to them.
If your symptoms recur, consider switching over to a coffee substitute. There are some really good ones on the market these days. My husband enjoys Ecco. I have to say, it took him a little while to get used to it, but almost any habit can be changed in a month. Give it a try. You'll be much happier not having all that tummy pain and discomfort, and your body will thank you.
If you have any stories about or remedies for a stomach parasite, please share them here so we can all benefit.
To your good health!
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Angie from allaboutparasites.com
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