Yes, mold may be affecting your health.
Mold can affect many areas of your body, but your reactions seem to be primarily from the immune impacts of mold and mold toxins.
Mold and mycotoxins cause:
It can also cause problems with your skin, and increase your susceptibility to fungal infections.
Have you been exposed to indoor toxic mold?
Did you know that past exposures can be affecting your health today?
Take a closer look to see if mold is affecting you. Get your mold score. Fill out the questionnaire used by mold specialists.
What you can do:
I’ve put together some items from my book, Break The Mold, that address your particular health challenges.
The first solution is to AVOID mold!
This picture best describes the steps to recover your health after a toxic mold exposure.
AVOIDANCE means getting away from the mold.
FUNDAMENTALS involve specific foods and lifestyle factors that can greatly improve your ability to conquer mold.
PROTECT and REPAIR is accomplished with targeted nutrients to manage the toxic damage from mycotoxin exposure.
FIGHT means conquering fungal overgrowth in your body.
Protect your brain, nervous system, heart, eyes, digestion, and vital organs.
EAT THE RAINBOW
The colorful pigments in vegetables and fruits are called bioflavonoids. I refer to bioflavonoids as your “Color Guard.” Each color band assists your body in its own special way.
To defend against the harmful effects of mold and mold toxins, eat every color band of the rainbow every day – aiming for 5-7 servings of vegetables and only one serving of fruit daily. Too much fruit can encourage fungal overgrowth.
Not great about eating your veggies? One work around is to take a specially formulated supplement that includes bioflavonoids from each color band, called Color Guard.
An important bioflavonoid for reducing allergies and histamine is quercetin. This bright neon yellow pigment can be found in onions, green tea, broccoli, apples, and grapes. Quercetin is used supplementally to reduce sinus and gut inflammation. It works even better when combined with a plant that excels at the same thing – nettles!
Nettles provide a reliable histamine calming effect for allergy season, a season that might be all year long if you’ve been affected by mold. Nettles are traditionally eaten as a part of a regular diet when they’re in season – in soups, stews, and steamed. They sting when you pick them, so gloves are needed. To learn more about how to use fresh nettles, check out my video, Nettles From The Wild.
When we combine quercetin and nettles, as in the product Quercetin Plus, they make a super power histamine-calming duo.
GET YOUR GREENS
Dark leafy greens are the most needed and the most commonly lacking color of the rainbow. This color band is referred to as folic acid, named after foliage – aka leafy greens. Folic acid drives our energy quotient. If we don’t have enough, we feel it as low energy, slow thinking, weak vision, and sluggish digestion.
So if it’s green and edible, it’s probably good for you. Most bodies are happiest getting 3-4 servings of dark leafy greens daily.
Want a recipe idea? Check out this video showing how to cook my favorite sautéed greens.
Diets high in insoluble fibers are extremely protective against mold toxins. Insoluble fibers such as those in flax seed, oat bran, psyllium husk, and steamed kale bind up toxin-laden bile that’s sent from the liver to be excreted by the colon.
Mold is hard on the gut, causing all kinds of digestive problems. It takes whatever your “tricky digestion” tendency is, and makes it worse. Many people end up with sluggish bowels – not the optimum 3 bowel movements a day. For others, adding fiber may not agree with them.
Aloe is a gentle binder alternative. It’s the digestive system’s best soothing friend. The polysaccharides in aloe soothe and heal the digestive lining, help with bowel regularity, AND – perfect for mold-exposed people – binds mycotoxins.
Vitamin D plays a critical role in immune function. We get it from sun exposure, and it’s one of the biggest immune boosts known. Unfortunately, as if mold knows how important “Vitamin Sunshine” is for our ability to conquer it, eerily, mold blocks our absorption of this critical nutrient. Even if you lived on the Equator and worked outside, you still may not get enough Vitamin D to kick mold out of your body. Your Vitamin D levels can be tested with your doctor to ensure adequate stores.
Once your body has been overloaded with the toxins from a moldy building, your formerly healthy gut microbiome turns sour. It transforms from a peacefully co-existing, cooperative environment to bad-guy biofilm, hosting fungal overgrowth.
It’s often required to rebalance the gut bacteria in order to re-establish peace. For mold-affected people, this is best accomplished with strains that foster balance rather than trying to replace or repopulate select strains. The Bacillus species are champions at this.
Fungal overgrowth can occur at any of the body’s outside interfaces with a sick building – our sinuses, skin, and digestive system (did you know that our bodies consider the digestive system “outside”??) Not only do we need to deal with damage the mold toxins create, we also must fight off the mold itself. Fighting fungal overgrowth sets the microbial balance back to health promotion instead of disease creation.
The best success plan is to fight it throughout the whole body and the sinuses, and not one without the other. Attacking on both fronts ensures success. Herbal medicines as common as garlic and thyme and others found in MycoDefense, offer effective options that have been used safely for millennia.
For more ideas and to tailor your recovery plan, check out my book.
Break The Mold covers everything you need to know to recover your health after exposure to toxic mold.
Conquer mold, take back your HEALTH!