The Truth About Flat Abs (and Parasites)

Posted on 14. May, 2011 by in Injuries / Rehab, Physiology

The Truth About Flat Abs (and Parasites)

A viewer wrote in looking for advice on a sudden onset of big belly syndrome.

He says he’s 5’11” and 156 pounds.  He goes on to say that he has very little body fat, but for a little over a week now he’s experienced a bloated stomach that, frankly, makes him look pregnant.

He wants to know how to get his flat stomach back.

Well, first off I see a red flag.  A lean guy, with little body fat gets all big belly in a week?

To me that suggests intestinal parasites.

Intestinal parasites are actually a lot more common than you might think.  Many people are walking around with no idea they have them.

Part of the problem is that most of the symptoms associated with these parasites seem so completely unrelated to the gut that we just don’t consider the possibility.  We just treat the symptom and move on.

Some symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome are clearly digestive tract disorders.  All too often though they are just treated as the problem and no effort is expended to consider that these might be symptoms of something else.

Other problems like joint and muscle aches, skin conditions, anxiety, teeth grinding, chronic fatigue and/or sleep disorders are not immediately associated with the gut and again the possibility of a parasite can be overlooked.

Mostly we associate intestinal parasites with third world countries, uneducated people and poor hygiene.  Since we are none of these why should we be concerned with them?

You can, however, get intestinal parasites from a variety of sources.  Raw fruits and vegetables, poorly handled meats, pets and poor bathroom hygiene (sometimes it’s not whether you washed your hands as much as it is whether the guy you just shook hands with did) can all be sources of parasitic growth.

These types of parasites live in your intestines.  They are free loaders living off the food you eat.  Most often they don’t make you really sick, they just run you down a little.

The bizarre variety of symptoms they create are often the result of their own waste, which we find toxic.

You can go to to read more.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you though.  Not only will you find all sorts of information about parasites, complete with photos and video, they’ll also try to sell you stuff.  You can buy what you want but I suggest viewing the site primarily for informational resources, as I cannot attest to having tried any of their products.

A resource I can recommend is Dr. KalishDr. Kalish is my own personal resource for digestive health and has helped treat me and my family for a variety of issues.

You can book an appointment online.  A phone consultation with Dr. Kalish runs about $100 and I consider it well made investment.

Don’t be surprised if Dr. Kalish requires a stool sample.  That’s the surest way to diagnose digestive and intestinal issues.

The good doctor will send you a kit and ask you to collect samples of your stools (i.e. shit in a jar) for a few days.

It’s awkward at first but the results can be well worth it.

It’s important to recognize that strength does not just come from lifting weights.  If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ve come to realize that I take a very comprehensive approach to health and becoming the strongest version of you.

That means I focus on the mental, the spiritual, and the emotional, as well as the physical.  I look at all aspects of these categories.  So the physical includes rest as well as activity.  If digestion and nutrition are important, as we all know they are.  Then your shit is too.

Don’t allow yourself to ignore vital aspects of your health simply because convention has deemed it something to be avoided.

By all means, if you think you have parasites find someone who is qualified to treat them and get yourself checked.  It’s a shame to let all your hard work and effort get sucked down some other creature’s gullet.

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