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In-Depth Look at the Dangers of Mold Toxicity

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In-Depth Look at the Dangers of Mold Toxicity

3/31/21

By Holtorf Medical Group

Mold is a type of fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. There are tens of thousands of mold species that have evolved to survive harsh conditions. Mold reproduces by means of small, lightweight spores that travel through the air. These spores contain toxic chemicals called mycotoxins that can be inhaled and lead to mold toxicity.

Mold toxicity is a very prevalent and underdiagnosed condition that can consist of a variety of symptoms. Although anyone can suffer from mold toxicity, 25% of the population is particularly vulnerable due to a genetic predisposition that inhibits the clearance of biotoxins.

Learn about sources of mold, how mold affects the body, and more below.

Sources

Because mold grows on organic matter, it is an increasingly common part of our environment and people can be exposed in a variety of ways. Mold is able to feed on the moisture and warmth of its surroundings, leading to the release of mold spores and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In fact, research suggests that mold can surface anywhere after just two days of moisture exposure.

Outdoor sources of mold include:

  • Stagnant water sources
  • Forests, beaches
  • Playgrounds
  • Sidewalks

Unfortunately, mold is also commonly found indoors, which is typically more harmful as mold spores can accumulate in higher concentrations due to a lack of airflow. Mold spores can enter homes, schools, and workplaces by attaching to clothing, shoes, or pets. Additionally, homes in climates where it frequently rains or that reside near the water are more likely to develop mold as they are exposed to moisture more often. It is common for mold to be found in damp bathrooms, basements, carpets, tiles, drywall, washing machines, and dishwashers. Some of the most common varieties of indoor mold are Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Stachybotrys atra, all of which are considered black mold.

There is a growing number of health problems caused by mold inhalation. This is thought to be, in part, due to the rise of people living in urban areas. Researchers at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon in Spain reported that Aspergillus spores in outdoor air are more common in urban than rural settings in the province of Madrid. The continuing rise in global population has also pushed more people into environments that are likely to breed mold such as coastal and riparian floodplains, other bottomlands, and hurricane-prone areas.

Other mold risk factors are on the rise due to poor building practices that have been accepted for convenience. For instance, poorly built roofs leave behind rainwater that fosters mold growth. It is also common for venting clothes dryers to be located in a spot where they direct moisture to vulnerable areas inside homes. Additionally, modern homes often have tighter building envelopes, slowing the escape of water vapor and allowing it to become trapped and grow mold.

It is important to note that the same conditions that allow for mold growth also foster bacteria, MVOCs, beta-glucans, live or dead spores, fungal fragments, endotoxins, dust mites, cockroaches, and other pests. This combination of toxins can trigger an immune response and exacerbate chronic illnesses.

How Mold Affects the Body

Fungal secondary metabolites or mycotoxins affect numerous bodily functions mainly through triggering an immune response that leads to chronic inflammation. Mycotoxins impact both the innate immune system (the first line of defense against invading pathogens) and the adaptive immune response (specified immune response that eliminates certain pathogens and prevents their growth).

Mycotoxins such as aflatoxins and ochratoxins (which are produced from Aspergillus) as well as fumonisins (produced by Fusarium) have immunomodulatory properties. Consequently, these mycotoxins alter the body’s inflammatory response. Specifically, they target the functionality and production of cytokines, macrophages, and neutrophils.

Mycotoxins bind with cytokines, leading to an increase in clot formation and arterial blockages. This can lead to headaches, muscle aches, lack of temperature regulation, and brain fog. Increased cytokine levels then trigger action from white blood cells such as macrophages and neutrophils. This inflammatory immune response can restrict blood flow and reduce the amount of oxygen transported to tissues, resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath, and muscle cramps.

Another contributing aspect to the chronic inflammation experienced with mold toxicity is due to the way in which mycotoxins impair the white blood cell’s regulation cytokines, which leads to an increase in infections and a slower recovery from these infections.

Moreover, some mycotoxins inhibit the production of messenger cells, leukotriene B4, by targeting the enzyme, LTA4 hydrolase. This interrupts communication between the immune cells and minimizes the body’s defense mechanism. Because the first line of defense is impaired, it is difficult to develop adaptive immunity and eliminate the mycotoxins. As a result, the body is likely to experience chronic inflammation and a host of other issues.

Respiratory Impact

Mold enters the body through the skin and through inhalation, making respiratory function a primary target of mold. Once inhaled, mold can quickly colonize the lungs and sinuses as they are optimal growing conditions. This leads to the continual release of mycotoxins. Moreover, biofilms can form around the mold colonies, protecting them from the body’s immune system.

The sinuses are particularly susceptible to mold colonies and many species of Aspergillus have been identified in the sinuses of those with chronic sinus inflammation. Aspergillosis is known to be able to colonize in the lungs of both humans and animals, which causes invasive fungal infections. Because of the respiratory tract’s susceptibility to mold, mold exposure often mirrors allergy symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and asthma.

Neurological Impact

Once mycotoxins are inhaled, they are stored in the body’s fatty tissue. Given that the brain is approximately 60% fat, mold toxicity can have profound neurological effects. Mycotoxins trigger an inflammatory immune response and this inflammation in the brain can impair cognitive function and lead to symptoms such as fatigue, memory loss, headaches, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety, depression, and more.

Chronic inflammation in the brain, especially when caused by toxins, can cause long-lasting damage. This is because when the brain is in a chronic state of inflammation, glial cells can no longer support neuron health and neural communication. When inflammation is present, glial cells change their cell morphology significantly and activate rapidly. These cells generate reactive oxygen species and release signals to trigger immune cells, which results in a continuation of the body’s inflammatory response. Over time, this leads to the degradation of tissue and of the blood–brain barrier and neurocognitive issues.

Alzheimer’s specialist, Dr. Bredson, MD, has found that one-third of Alzheimer’s Disease patients are considered “Inhalational Alzheimers,” which means their Alzheimer’s is a result of chronic inflammation caused by mold or other toxins. Other diseases that can be caused by mycotoxins include: ADHD, migraines, Parkinson’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and more.

The Role of Mold in Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness

Mold has a significant negative impact on the immune system, making those with chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease more at risk for developing serious health issues.

Because those with a chronic illness often have a weakened immune system, their body is less likely to be able to fight off mold spores and toxins. When the mold then begins to colonize in the body, patients experience chronic mycotoxin exposure, which reduces the body’s ability to fight infection due to mycotoxins immuno-suppressant effect. Thus, the body’s weakened immune system is forced to fight the chronic illness in addition to mycotoxins, leading to a worsening of symptoms associated with both conditions. Additionally, mold exposure and toxicity elicit an inflammatory response, which worsens chronic conditions such as Lyme, Fibromyalgia, gut dysfunction, and more.

Warning Signs of Mold Toxicity

Mold illness can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Often, it is only the respiratory symptoms that are recognized but it is important to be aware of its profound effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss (typically short-term)
  • Chronic congestion or sinus infections
  • Coughing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain
  • Hormone deficiency
  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Nose bleeds
  • Environmental sensitivity (chemical sensitivity)
  • Chronic colds, flus, acute infections
  • Nausea
  • Itchy/ red eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Temperature dysregulation
  • Weight gain
Seeking Treatment

For over a decade, there has been a consensus in the medical community that regular exposure to mold significantly increases people’s risk for disease. This public health hazard has still not been addressed with the concern it should be as governmental agencies, such as the Institute of Medicine report commissioned by the CDC and released in 2004, have concluded that the primary health concerns with mold are solely respiratory. However, mold can have long-lasting health effects, especially for those dealing with a chronic illness.

If you feel you are suffering from mold toxicity or would like to get tested, contact Holtorf Medical Group today. At Holtorf Medical Group, our physicians are trained to provide you with cutting-edge testing and innovative treatments to properly diagnose and treat your condition, optimize your health, and improve your quality of life.


Resources

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For more:

10 Top Causes of Symptoms in Chronic Lyme Disease

https://www.prohealth.com/library/ten-common-causes-of-symptoms-in-chronic-lyme-disease-8558

10 Top Causes Of Symptoms In Chronic Lyme Disease

(Please see link above for full article.  Excerpts below)

1) Mold toxicity

Real Time labs is among the most accurate of labs for mold testing. Effective mold toxin binders include the medication cholestyramine and activated charcoal.

2) Parasitic Infections

Parasitic infections are often not detectable on conventional lab tests, and may not even show up in sophisticated stool tests; therefore, using multiple forms of testing to detect parasites, such as electrodermal screening tools such as the Zyto or muscle testing, is important, along with lab testing with reputable labs such as Doctors’ Data.

3) Hormone and Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Replenishing the body’s stores of these chemicals can therefore profoundly support the healing process and Lyme doctors will commonly prescribe bio-identical hormones such as pregnenolone, DHEA and thyroid hormone to their patients, along with amino acids such as L-tyrosine, GABA and 5-HTP, which the body uses to make neurotransmitters. To make these amino acids work in the body, supplemental co-factors such as P5P, SAMe, and methyl B-12 are also sometimes important.

4) Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Common deficiencies include magnesium, Vitamins D, C and B-vitamins; zinc and iron—among others. Supplementation with these nutrients can help to support the body during healing. (For more information on common nutritional deficiencies in Lyme disease and supplements that support the body, I encourage you to check out my 2012 book Beyond Lyme Disease).

5) Inflammation

Reducing inflammation involves mitigating all of its causes, such as removing pathogens and toxins from the body, and downregulating the immune response with nutrients and tools such as low-dose immunotherapy. High-quality, natural anti-inflammatory substances such as curcumin may also be helpful for supporting the body’s inflammatory response.

6) Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Supporting the mitochondria with supplements such as L-carnitine and CO Q-10 can help to mitigate fatigue and other symptoms related to mitochondrial dysfunction.

7) Emotional Trauma

Many studies have proven that trauma suppresses immune function and when prolonged, can open the door to chronic health challenges.

8) A Poor Diet

Removing allergenic foods and consuming fresh, organic “real” food, such as non-GMO, antibiotic, pesticide, and hormone-free meats, poultry, eggs, and other proteins; non-starchy veggies and low-glycemic fruits, along with healthy fats such as olive and coconut oil, can help to alleviate symptoms caused by food.

9) Poor Gastrointestinal Function

Supplementing with GI nutrients such as hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes and probiotics may help to support gastrointestinal function in those with Lyme.

10) Environmental Toxicity

Sauna therapy, rebounding, coffee enemas, liver cleanses, and taking toxin binders such as zeolite, chlorella, EDTA, activated charcoal—among others, are just a few ways to remove toxins from the body.  Ideally, you’ll want to work with a practitioner who can test your body for toxins and prescribe a regimen in conjunction with Lyme disease treatment based on your needs. The same holds for the other causes of symptoms described here.

This article was first published on ProHealth.com on April 26, 2016 and was updated on September 22, 2020.


Connie Strasheim is the author of multiple wellness books, including three on Lyme disease. She is also a medical copywriter, editor and healing prayer minister. Her passion is to help people with complex chronic illnesses find freedom from disease and soul-spirit sickness using whole body medicine and prayer, and she collaborates with some of the world’s best integrative doctors to do this. In addition to Lyme disease, Connie’s books focus on cancer, nutrition, detoxification and spiritual healing. You can learn more about her work at: ConnieStrasheim.

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**Comment**

Not mentioned is Lyme itself, and the many other potential players.  While parasites apart from Lyme is mentioned, dealing with the infections is paramount.  Of course these infections are indirectly affected by the things listed in the helpful article, but never underestimate the infection(s) themselves.  Good, effective, savvy treatment is required.

For more:

Podcast on How Patient Overcame Lyme/MSIDS & Mold

https://www.betterhealthguy.com/episode129

Why You Should Listen

In this episode, you will learn about the BIOTOXIC Rx including the LabElymental Milk Cleanse, NeuroPraxis, MYCOMEFREE, and more.

About My Guest

My guest for this episode is Jody Levy.  Jody Levy is the founder of The LabElymental Milk Cleanse, NeuroPraxis, and soon-to-be MYCOMEFREE.  She is also the co-founder of WTRMLN WTR.

Jody has quietly been suffering from symptoms associated with Lyme Disease, Mold Illness (CIRS), and a slew of co-infections and related imbalances for over 20 years. 

Now she is fully recovered and living her best life. She feels strong, healthy, pain–free, and proud of her discoveries.

She always knew she could not expose her struggle until she was able to share the solutions that helped her get better.  In her unwavering belief that her journey was bigger than herself, she is now committed to creating simple and easy products that people can use to relieve their suffering and thrive.

For years, she was committed to understanding why she was always exhausted, in pain, puffy, blurry, and foggy. No-one could figure out what was wrong with her.  But she was relentlessly determined to understand why she did not feel good.  She set out on a painful and tedious journey to find solutions to help herself, and others, feel happy and healthy. She always knew that if she stayed the course, she would find the tools that would help her and ultimately many other people.  She spun a web of the most exceptional doctors, scientists, researchers, practitioners, and healers who all played their part in her epic recovery.

She tried so many treatments. She mapped her genetics and her entire body.  She was meticulous about how she recorded her treatments.  Protocol by protocol, she tracked and cross-referenced her short-term and long-term results.  She tried things that nearly killed her and when they didn’t work, she would get right back up and try again. Because she knew – intuitively – that she was going to discover things that would help her and others like her return to vibrant health.  During this process she was optimistic, but she was also skeptical of everything. After years of treatments, she questioned if she would ever arrive at an answer.

And she finally succeeded!  She healed herself of Lyme Disease and mold exposure. She got rid of co-infections and the agonizing symptoms of viruses and parasites.  Her mental commitment, psychological anguish, and massive financial investments paid off. She got herself better.  Her test results came back clean. Her brain cleared, her vision got crisp, and her mood balanced.  Today, she is working to bring all of these solutions to as many people as she possibly can, so that no one has to suffer the way she did for as long as she did.

Key Takeaways

  • What was her personal experience through Lyme disease and mold illness?
  • What is the LabElymental Milk Cleanse?
  • What types of milk can be used with the cleanse?
  • What are the components of the cleanse?
  • What are NeuroPraxis and NeuroSculpting?
  • Does NeuroPraxis target the limbic system, vagus nerve, or parasympathetic nervous system?
  • What is MYCOMEFREE?
  • What are other tools that have been helpful in recovering from Lyme disease and mold illness?
  • Is there hope for recovering from complex, biotoxin illnesses?
Connect With My Guest

http://JodyDLevy.com

Related Resources

https://betterhealthguy.link/TheMilkCleanse; code BETTERHEALTH for 10% off
https://betterhealthguy.link/NeuroPraxis

See Transcript of show in top link

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My posting information does not mean I endorse the products mentioned in the Podcast, and in this case I have never even heard of them.  Just throwing it out there for consideration.  I rejoice with each and every patient who manages to find wellness and figure we should all listen and learn from them.

Mold Illness Made Simple

https://www.moldillnessmadesimple.com  Register Here

Dr. Sandeep Gupta will be interviewed by Scott, The Better Health Guy, on some of the burning questions about Mold Illness and Water-Damaged Buildings that we face in 2020.

Continued Clarity for CIRS/Mold Illness

9 Modules. 30 Lessons. 17 hours of animated lectures.

Mold Illness/Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is complex with a great deal of conflicting information out there. Mold Illness Made Simple is the only course that breaks down its complexities into easily to understand components from the experts in the field. You will receive:

  • Video Lectures  – The course consists of 18 video lectures narrated by Dr. Sandeep Gupta over high quality slides.

  • Workbook – Accompanying each lecture is a high quality workbook.

  • Certificate of completion – Upon finishing.

Mold Illness Made Simple course including:
 
  • Cutting through the confusion and misinformation in the mold community.
  • Is the use of precision binders helpful?
  • How much of role does VIP treatment still play?
  • How important is eradicating MARCoNS?
  • What is the role of limbic retraining/ support?
  • What is benefit of a mold sabbatical?
  • How does a virtual IEP consult work?
  • Should the IEP and remediator be different?
  • Can air filters be used in place of remediation?
  • How do you screen for IEPs that are CIRS aware?
  • What are some of the conditions that mold is a possible co-factor for
  • What is the latest thinking on HLA-DR genes?
  • Mold allergy vs biotoxin illness.
  • The value of organic acids testing for fungal colonization.
  • How useful are urinary mycotoxins tests, are they confounded by food sources?
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The Low Mold Diet: What It Is and How to Follow It

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/low-mold-diet-what-how-follow-jill-c-carnahan-md/?

The Low Mold Diet: What It Is and How to Follow It

Jill C. Carnahan, MD
Founder, Medical Director, Flatiron Functional Medicine
If you or someone you love has been struggling with the challenging and often life-altering side effects that come with toxic mold exposure, you know the journey to recovery can be long and tedious.

But fortunately, you have a powerful weapon that can help your body detox from mold-related illness and begin healing. What exactly is this secret weapon? Your diet – or more specifically, the low mold diet.

Today we’re going to dive into exactly what the low-mold diet is and how you can implement it to start healing from mold illness.

What Exactly Is Mold Illness?

Mold exposure is a tricky, deceptive, and sometimes devastating illness. We’ve learned through scientific studies that mold illness is one of the primary triggers of many diseases and health conditions, such as:1,2

  • Asthma
  • Respiratory infections
  • Brain inflammation
  • Mood and sleep disorders
  • Mast Cell Activation Disorder
  • Autoimmunity
  • Cancer
  • And even death!

Mold-related illness can be particularly challenging to diagnose and treat because symptoms can seem vague and unrelated at first. Symptoms can range from coughing or wheezing to chronic headaches to persistent rashes.

If you have unrelenting and unexplained symptoms or suspect your symptoms could be from mold illness, it might be time to consult with a reputable Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner.

So, How Is Mold Illness Treated?

Treating mold illness requires a comprehensive approach that is two-pronged. The first step is removing yourself from sources of exposure. I’ve written extensively about dealing with environmental mold exposure. You can learn more about it by checking out the following articles:

The second step in treating mold illness is giving your body the support it needs to heal and start detoxing. And one of the most powerful ways to help your body detox from mold is by following a low-mold diet.

Why Follow a Low-Mold Diet?

The low mold diet is designed to support your body in healing from mold illness in three ways:

  1. It prevents mycotoxins from accumulating in your body by limiting your exposure to potentially contaminated food sources.
  2. It focuses on restoring nutrient deficiencies and imbalances that are caused by mold exposure.
  3. It boosts your body’s immune function and ability to repair itself by minimizing inflammatory foods that suppress your immune system.
  4. It reduces exposure to refined carbohydrates that feed candida and yeast.

So let’s dive into exactly what it looks like to follow a low-mold diet.

What Foods Should I Avoid on the Low-Mold Diet?

When it comes to following a low-mold diet, you’ll want to strictly avoid foods that are chock-full of sugars and additives. These fuel fungal growth and could exacerbate your symptoms. You’ll also want to avoid foods that are notorious for being contaminated with mold. To make it simple, I like to break these down into the following three categories:

Sugar-Laden Foods

Sugars are one of the primary sources of fuel for candida or mold. Sugar, in particular, can be sneaky because it can go by many different names and may be hidden in places you wouldn’t expect – even in foods you might consider “healthy”.

When following the low-mold diet, you should avoid:

  • Table sugar
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Fructose
  • Mannitol
  • Sorbitol
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Candy
  • Baked goods

Certain fruits also have a notoriously high sugar content and should be avoided when detoxing from mold. These include:

  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Dried fruits and fruit juices

While sugar is typically the biggest dietary culprit that contributes to fungal growth, fast-absorbing carbohydrates and man-made additives can also promote mold growth – which leads us to our next category of foods to avoid.

Packaged and Processed Foods

Processed and pre-packaged foods almost always contain sugars, simple carbs, and/or additives that will fuel fungal growth in the body.

You’ll want to stay away from:

  • Canned foods: Baked beans, soups, ready-made sauces
  • Pre-packaged meals: Ready-made meals, breakfast cereals, frozen foods
  • Processed drinks: Soft drinks, fruit juices, flavored water, energy drinks
  • Bottled condiments: Vinegar, mayonnaise, pickles, soy sauce, mustard, relish

Try getting in the habit of reading the ingredient list of any product before you buy it. If it has more than five ingredients or is full of things you don’t recognize – it’s probably best to avoid it while on the low-mold diet.

Mold and Yeast Containing Foods

If you’re trying to prevent mold from entering your body or kill off what you’ve already been exposed to, you should always stay away from products that have a reputation for being contaminated with mold or fungal growth.

Some examples are:

  • Cheese and sour milk products: Buttermilk, sour cream, cream cheese, aged cheese, sliced or block cheese
  • Nuts: Peanuts, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, dates, etc.
  • Grains: Wheat, rice, oats
  • Packaged and smoked meats: Sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami, smoked fish, ham, bacon
  • Edible fungi: Mushrooms, truffles
  • Alcoholic beverages: Beer, wine, cider, liqueur, whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, etc.
  • Fermented foods should be avoiding in those patients with histamine intolerance. You can read more about Boosting DAO to break down histamine here.

While this list may seem restrictive, the good news is, there are still plenty of delicious foods allowed on the low-mold diet.

So, What Foods Are Allowed on the Low-Mold Diet?

Following the low mold-diet is not so black and white. There are some foods you should avoid entirely, some you can have in moderation, and some you can eat freely. We’ve already covered the foods to avoid, so let’s look at what you can eat on the low mold diet.

Foods to Eat in Moderation:

Foods you can incorporate into the low-mold diet in moderation include:

  • Gluten-free grains: Brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, certified gluten-free oats
  • Starchy vegetables and legumes: Sweet corn, potatoes, beans, peas, lentils, sweet potatoes, squashes, turnips, parsnips
  • Low-sugar fruits: Berries, apples, pears, peaches, avocadoes

It’s ok to incorporate these foods into your diet on occasion, but try building the majority of your meals around the foods in the next category.

Foods to Eat Freely:

When it comes to the food you consume while following a low-mold diet, quality matters – a lot! When purchasing meat, opt for organic, pasture-raised, and grass-fed options. When it comes to fish and seafood, wild-caught is always a superior option. And when it comes to any kind of produce, always look for organic.

Now let’s dive into the list of foods you are free to indulge in as much as you’d like while on a low-mold diet:

  • Poultry (pasture-raised, organic only): Chicken, eggs, turkey, quail, pheasant
  • Fish (wild-caught only): Salmon, tuna, anchovy, sardines, flounder, catfish, caviar
  • Other meats (grass-fed only): Beef, goat, lamb, buffalo, wild game, rabbit
  • Raw nuts and seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, pecans, sesame seeds
  • Leafy greens: Romaine, kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, green and red cabbage
  • Root vegetables: Carrots, onions, radishes, garlic
  • Gourd vegetables: pumpkins, squash, eggplants, zucchini
  • Other vegetables: Cucumbers, brussel sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers
  • Spices: Pure vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, pink Himalayan salt, wasabi, horseradish
  • Herbs: Parsley, cilantro, basil, chives, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon, etc.
  • Healthy fats: Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, ghee, organic butter
  • Beverages: Filtered water, mineral water, non-fruity herbal teas, fresh vegetable juice

Building your meals around these nutrient-dense, whole foods will equip your body with the nutrients it needs to properly heal and detox.

Getting Rid of Moldy Foods

If you’ve been suffering from the symptoms of toxic mold exposure, chances are you’re chomping at the bit to implement strategies to help alleviate your symptoms. But before you head to the fridge or grocery store and start whipping up a meal, it’s important to assess any food you’re planning on using.

If you do happen to discover mold on any of your foods, immediately discard it and make sure to follow these guidelines:3

  • Do not sniff the item. This can cause respiratory issues.
  • If it’s covered and unsalvageable, wrap it up in plastic and discard it in a covered trash can.
  • Thoroughly clean the area where the moldy food was.
  • Check the nearby food items to see if the mold has spread. Remember, it can spread quickly in fruits and vegetables.

While your diet is one of the core pillars that support the foundation of detoxing from mold exposure, there are some additional steps you can take to effectively eliminate any mold that might be lurking in your body.

Are There Any Other Ways to Enhance Mold Detoxification?

When you’re fighting mold illness, the symptoms can feel overwhelming and your recovery time may or may not be quick. On top of following the low-mold diet, you can enhance your detoxification and significantly cut your recovery time down by using the following strategies.

Use Detox Binders:

Detox binders are designed to “bind” to toxins in your body so they can be safely eliminated. The most effective detox binders that I recommend include:

In addition to detox binders, there are a few more powerful supplements I recommend if you’re in the process of detoxing from mold.

Take Detox-Enhancing Supplements:

Using supplements, such as the ones listed below, can aid in facilitating detoxification:

Taking these binders and detox-enhancing supplements can help speed up your detox process.

So, How Long Does It Take to Get Mold Out of Your System?

The answer to that question is – it depends. Exactly how long it’ll take you to recover from mold illness depends on three main factors:4

1. Length of Exposure:

This is the single greatest factor in determining how long it will take for mold to get out of your system. If you’ve been exposed for long periods of time, such as years, you’re likely to have mold buildup in your body.

Typically, the longer the exposure, the longer the recovery time. This is why removing any sources of mold exposure is the very first step in recovering from mold illness. If you fail to remove the sources of mold exposure – whether environmental or through the foods you eat – you may never be able to fully heal.

2. Type of Exposure:

Nearly 90% of all molds don’t affect the majority of the population due to them being nonpoisonous. But for those with fungal allergies, even these “harmless” molds can cause big problems.

And, if you have fungal allergies and you’re unlucky enough to be exposed to the 10% of poisonous molds – your recovery is expected to take longer than most. This is thanks to the toxic metabolites produced by poisonous molds known as mycotoxins. These mycotoxins can accumulate in your body and cause damage over time.

So exactly how long it takes to recover from mold illness will depend on the types of mold you’ve been exposed to. If you want to learn more about mycotoxins, I’ve got some helpful resources on my blog that you can check out by clicking right here.

3. Your Level of Sensitivity:

The third factor in your recovery time is your degree of sensitivity to mold. This is important because some level of mold exposure is inevitable – we’re all exposed to mold on a daily basis. Every time you open the door, you’re breathing in new mold spores in the air and letting them into your home. And if you are in the 16-20% of the population that has a high level of mold sensitivity, this can impact your recovery time.

A Simple Solution to Detoxing From Mold

Dealing with mold illness can be challenging and discouraging – especially when it takes time to begin seeing improvements in your symptoms. In my practice, I’ve dedicated countless hours of research to finding answers and helping my patients recover from mold illness. Which is why I’m so excited to introduce a simple and powerfully effective solution to help my patients and their loved one’s detox and heal from mold illness.

I’ve teamed up with the brilliant Dr. Christopher Shade and the team at Quicksilver Scientific® to create a comprehensive kit specifically designed to help your body release and flush out mold toxins. The potent blend of supplements in my Miracle Mold Detox Box is scientifically proven to:

  • Enhance your natural detoxification cycle
  • Mobilize and increase the release of toxins
  • Promote energy production
  • Support cellular recovery and mitochondrial health
  • Aid in remineralization and electrolyte balance

If you or a loved one is suffering from mold illness, I highly recommend pairing the Miracle Mold Detox Box with a low-mold diet. This powerful combination is hands-down the most effective way to tackle mold illness and begin healing. You can learn more and order your own Miracle Mold Detox Box by clicking here.

Now it’s time to hear from you. Were you surprised at what is and isn’t allowed on the low-mold diet? What steps are you taking to protect yourself from the toxic effects of mold exposure? Leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below.

References

  1. https://sanitred.com/symptoms-of-toxic-black-mold-exposure/
  2. https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/CPSCStatementmoldmycotoxinhealtheffectsJuly2015.pdf
  3. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a87cdc2c-6ddd-49f0-bd1f-393086742e68/Molds_on_Food.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
  4. https://www.sinusitiswellness.com/how-long-will-my-recovery-take/

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in this article is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician. Please review references sited at end of article for scientific support of any claims made.

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For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/13/lyme-mold-a-practical-guide-to-protecting-yourself-at-home/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/10/25/dealing-with-lyme-disease-and-mold-illness-at-the-same-time/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/10/14/got-mold/