You might dismiss this as superstition, but there is something real about how the full moon affects people, animals, and the environment.
You can call me crazy, but just stay with me for a minute…
Have you ever noticed that being moody and irritable seems to follow a cyclical pattern? And I’m not talking about PMS, but rather a mood swing that lasts for a few days for no apparent reason.
What about sleep disturbances, which are brief periods of difficulty falling asleep or tossing and turning that last only a few days or a week?
How’s your digestion? Do you have periods of really good bowel movements, followed by periods when they seem to go haywire? There are also skin rashes or breakouts, teeth grinding, and joint aches and pains. Do those come and go every few weeks as well?
Were any of these things—or other ailments you may have suffered from—worse around a full moon?
I frequently catch myself noticing how my behavior is off, and I feel a little restless or uneasy in a way that I can’t quite put my finger on—until I check the calendar and realize we’re approaching a full moon.
I see these common characteristics all the time with myself and in my private health coaching practice.
It’s not a coincidence, it’s science.
Ocean tides are higher than usual during a full moon due to an increase in the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. Given that the human body is composed of 80% water, scientists and astrologers have long suspected that similar effects occur in the body, creating a “human tidal pull” that can affect brain function.
During a full moon, however, parasites are more likely to be the real thing driving you insane or causing you pain.
The gravitational pull on water balance in the kidneys causes a shift in movement or a “awakening,” causing these little buggers to become more active during the full moon cycle, wreaking havoc on your intestinal health, digestion, and hormone balance. During a full moon, an overgrowth of gut bacteria and/or yeast, such as Candida, can have similar effects.
Some of the textbook symptoms of parasites include:
- bloating, gas, fatigue, and/or flu like symptoms
- low immune function (illness and allergy flare-ups)
- excessive hunger, constipation, and/or diarrhea
- grinding teeth, especially at night
- hives, irritability, and/or rashes
- sleep disturbances, changes in weight, joint pain, and/or headaches
The most common parasite usually found is Blastocystis Hominis (Blasto).
Blasto is a persistent bacterial gut offender that often coexists with another bacterial gut offender known as H. Pylori. Heartburn/acid reflux, ulcers, migraines, and mid-back pain are all common H. Pylori symptoms. However, there are a variety of gut invaders that could be disrupting our balance during the full moon.
Gut invaders are common, and if the gut is already compromised, they move in and take over. As a result of being exposed to toxic mold, traveling internationally, and having Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune thyroid condition), I’ve had my fair share of gut invaders over the years, including Blasto, H. Pylori, Candida, and a few other species. When I got rid of those suckers, my symptoms went away, and I no longer had such swings in my health and well-being during a full moon.
Here’s what you should do if the full moon has you worried about gut bugs.
Jot down any symptoms, aches, pains, ailments, or health complaints you’ve been experiencing on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most intense or present.
Then, begin monitoring the progression of those symptoms. You want to see if they get better and/or go away in the coming weeks, especially around a new moon when these gut infestations are most dormant, or if they get worse around a full moon.
Check your tracking to see if you notice any trends or if anything appears to indicate a pattern.
If you notice an increase in symptom intensity around the full moon, it’s time to investigate further. Parasites are unpleasant, but they do not have to prevent you from healing or reaching your optimal health.
Once you have a good idea of what’s going on, you’ll be able to take the next step. Use what you’ve learned to become your own health boss and reclaim your health and happiness!
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