If you’ve ever had toxic mold exposure, your body may be overly sensitive to a handful of different materials in the environment that can trigger symptoms similar to those of an allergic reaction. To avoid this from happening, make sure you take safe and proper steps to keep your environment clean from mold. I had such high levels of mold in my body for years and I didn’t even realize it! It’s hard to believe but 25% of our population is sensitive to toxic mold! It’s key to address any mold exposure in your home or office. I still have NO idea where my mold exposure came from. If you’re still struggling with thyroid issues, recurrent Candida and yeast infections or autoimmune issues, it’s key to look for mold as your next step. Since 75% of the population is not sensitive to mold, you could be living in a home or working in an office that has mold in it and you’ll realize that you’re experiencing symptoms but no one else is. That’s when everyone thinks you’re crazy but trust me, you’re not. The most common types of mold that give off mycotoxins are: Aspergillus, Trichoderma, Stachybotrys, Penicillium, Paecilomyces and Fusarium.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s key to check in with your doctor to see what’s going on in your body.
- skin rashes
- autoimmune issues
- chronic fatigue
To test for mold, it’s key to look for the specific types of old that release mycotoxins or VOC’s. I like to use RealTime Labs or you can look for an ERMI certified insepector to come to your home or you can sent the results in to ERMI. A urine test can detect 4 specific mycotoxins, which is what I did (and it’s key to do an infrared sauna before you do this test so you can really see if you have mold so it comes out and is visible in the test). It’s key to hire a mold expert like the ones mentioned above!
Here are a few foods that you should avoid if you think you have mold.
- Sugar and sugar substitutes
Keep eating clean, organic fruits and veggies, organic lean proteins, and lots of fresh, filtered water as well as freshly squeezed green juices are great options to start with.
Your GI tract is your body’s number one defense against illness, so make sure to keep it happy and healthy with the good flora-critical for proper immune response. Probably the most important supplement for recovering from mold-induced illness is a good probiotic. Taking probiotics will keep your GI tract full with the right bacteria- this will help to stop the bad bacteria from entering your system.
If you don’t have enough good bacteria, your GI tract will be susceptible to toxins and other unwanted microbes. As a result, these toxins can enter your bloodstream, and ultimately your immune system will overreact, causing inflammation throughout the entire body. The organs in your body that help to detox can then become overwhelmed, causing your whole body to go into a funk. Search ‘probiotics’ on my website to see what probiotics I suggest.
Here are some more helpful suggestions that I advise you try if you’re struggling from the effects of mold exposure:
- Glutathione, known as a super antioxidant, can be helpful as it helps to improve the functioning of other antioxidants. This is hard to get from a supplement; your body doesn’t usually absorb it in a supplement so it’s best taken through a Functional/Integrative M.D. who can do an IV Glutathione for you for the best results. Talk to your doctor about this before starting it.
- Work with a Functional MD to help you get rid of fungus and prescribe fungal herbs or supplements to help pull out the mold in your body.
- Eating raw garlic: I ate raw garlic throughout my mold detox and found it very helpful with the process.
- Infrared sauna: I did a few infrared saunas each week when I was detoxing mold. This was super helpful for me as your skin is your biggest organ so it’s key to help support your body by doing some detox yourself.
- Vitamin D: Make sure you’re getting enough of this stuff– studies have shown that vitamin D may help stop mold allergies from developing.But make sure to get your levels checked every two months so you aren’t overdosing on Vitamin D! And make sure that’s not throwing off your magnesium/calcium/potassium levels.
It is essential to work with an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice.
This information is only given for informational purposes.