Telltale Signs You Have Tapeworm In Your Body

Though more common in developing countries, tapeworm infections do occur in the United States, mainly among Latin American immigrants. Also called taeniasis, these affect the intestines of humans as a result of eating raw or undercooked and contaminated animal-based food products, and can also affect other organs in rare instances, which include the brain such as in the case of one man who had suffered a rare but serious case of neurocysticercosis, a result of tapeworm larval cyst development in the brain.

Tapeworm infections, surprisingly, do not always cause noticeable symptoms but are grave and even life-threatening when they do. To know whether or not you have tapeworms in your body, here are the telltale signs that you have them:

Digestive Problems

One symptom of tapeworms being in your body is having digesting issues, usually nausea and diarrhea. 

Flat and sometimes extremely long, tapeworms are parasites, being able to survive inside the digestive system of both animals and humans. That is because through cysts, tapeworm eggs live inside raw and contaminated meat, which includes beef, pork and fish. These parasitic eggs eventually hatch, with the newly-born worms continuing the cycle by latching on to the body's intestinal wall as an energy supply.


Having trouble sleeping at night? Then it might be caused by tapeworm presence in your body, which can trigger insomnia by proxy, exacerbated by digestive problems as a result of consuming raw and contaminated meat and fish.

Muscle Weakness

Tapeworms do not just affect your digestive system. If you have weak muscles as a result of eating raw and contaminated food, then it could be a sign of complications stemming from tapeworm presence in your body. That is because tapeworms (Or rather their larvae or eggs) can move through the bloodstream and attach to your skeletal muscles or tissues where they are able to form cysts.


Whether it is a result of digestive issues or a deficiency in nutrients (especially vitamin B12), fatigue can also be a sign that tapeworms are now in your body.

Dietary Problems 

Tapeworm presence in your body can be caused by what you are eating, resulting in appetite changes, unhealthy weight loss, and even signs of nutrient deficiencies. This especially holds true if you have been a pork eater all your life, which increases the chances of ingesting parasites into your body. To reduce it, cut out all pork-based products from your diet for good.

One solution is to increase intake of organic vegetables and products based on them, ranging from salads to green-based soups and smoothies. Garlic and onions are especially helpful, having anti-parasitic effects as well as properties that can boost your immune system. Also, reduce (if not eliminate) fruit intake, sticking to one serving at most. One exception is papaya and papaya juice, both containing natural anti-parasitic properties.

Also, focus more on consuming organic grass-fed or pasture-raised meats while avoiding processed meat products and farm-raised meats. Similarly, only eat wild-caught fish, but it is also advised to avoid shellfish, which can have high levels of heavy metal content.

Changes In Stool And Bowel Movement 

Though tapeworms are normally killed off inside the intestines and excreted through bowel movement, sometimes these can stay in your body for months or even years, resulting in changes in stool and bowel movement in the long run.

To effectively cleanse the intestines of parasites, it is best to undergo colonics two to three times every week along with taking parasite and toxin-killing supplements such as grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, black walnut and the paracomplete, an anti-parasite cleansing supplement.

Tapeworm Image Wikimedia Commons/Roberto J. G