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Experiencing mold toxicity symptoms

Experiencing mold toxicity symptoms
Mold can be found everywhere and there are many different types of molds, it is part of the ecosystem, and we live symbiotically with fungi.
 
However, mold can cause health issues when mold is growing in environments such as water-damaged buildings, or in spaces with warm humidity.

Mold can be found in homes that we live in, buildings where we work, schools, and our cars, and grow from leaking pipes, water damage, flooding, and dampness. Mold is commonly found in various places such as windowsills, front loading washers, behind walls, basements, crawl spaces, carpets, showers, bathtubs, AC systems, dishwashers, ceiling tiles, etc.

Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems.
 
Mold exposure is a huge issue and is often overlooked.

This is not to cause fear or live in a fear state of mold, but to bring awareness over the topic and how mycotoxins and microbial volatile organic compounds can cause huge issues for our health.

Mold enters through our body via inhalation or absorption through our skin/gut. Mycotoxins down-regulate our immune system and drive a TH2 dominant immune response and suppress our TH1 immune response causing other pathogens to thrive alongside with it such as Lyme and Lyme co-factors.
 
Mold impacts the limbic system once breathed in dysregulating the HPA axis, mycotoxins store in adipose tissue because of their lipophilic characteristics, impacts the liver, on a cellular level impact the mitochondria, and crosses the blood-brain barrier.
 
Mold illness-related symptoms can vary from person to person, and it depends on various factors such as stress levels, any other underlying concerns, how well a person’s drainage pathways are functioning, trauma, current toxin exposure, how long you are or were exposed to mold, the species of mold you were exposed too, and how well the state of your immune system is functioning for example.
 
Mold is not just found in the home but also in food sources as well, common foods we consume that can expose us to mold are coffee beans, corn, nuts, and grains.
 
Symptoms from mold illness are unique and sensitivity to mold varies from person to person, one may experience symptoms from mold such as:

  • Brain fog
  • Dizziness
  • Achiness
  • Bedwetting in children
  • Puffiness
  • Anxiety
  • Skin rashes
  • Acne
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Nocturia
  • Static shocks
  • Ringing in ears
  • Excessive thirst
  • Weight gain
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic sleep issues
  • Fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Vision issues
  • EMF sensitivity (EMF’s can cause mold to release mycotoxins at a higher rate.)
 
A few diagnoses often times correlated with mold exposure
  • Chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS - inflammation affects multiple systems of the body.)
  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)
  • Histamine intolerance
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Fibromyalgia
 
There are many different ways to support your body if you have been exposed to mold, and this doesn’t mean you need to do everything in order on the list, but helpful tools to help support the body internally.
 
  • Remove yourself from the environment with mold. 

  • Binders to bind to mold toxins, such as humic/fulvic acids, zeolite, and activated charcoal. Working with a practitioner to see which binder works best for you and will not exaggerate symptoms can be helpful based on the symptoms you have.

  • Upregulating the liver & thyroid gland. (For example, gentle ways through castor oil packs, supplement support with NAC, glutathione, TUDCA, liver supporting herbs.)

  • Supporting drainage pathways. – liver, kidneys, gut, lymphatic system

  • Sweating - from movement / infrared sauna.

  • Coffee enemas.

  • Treating the sinuses due to inhalation of the mold spores.

  • Ensuring adequate mineral levels for cellular health.

  • Hydration.

  • Supporting the immune system through immune modulating supporting herbs.  

  • Supporting oxygen levels (mitochondria need oxygen to generate energy efficiently. Support mitochondrial function by increasing oxygen levels in the body.)

  • Limbic system support

  • Brain retraining practices - a tool that can support and reframe emotional trauma

  • Reducing stress

  • Reducing your toxin bucket to best support your body

  • Supporting mitochondria on a cellular level through proper nutrients with a nutrient-dense, sunshine, being immersed in nature.

  • Water filters to support internal health & help reduce containments found in our drinking water and water we bathe in, cook with, and drink.

  • Working with a practitioner to help detox the body from the mold the proper way, making sure your body is properly nourished, getting enough minerals to support cellular processes, reducing stress levels in all aspects of life, and ensuring drainage pathways are functioning optimally in order to detox from mold. 

  • Clearing out other pathogens – mold inhibits the immune system providing other pathogens opportunities to bring forward symptoms. Other pathogens can make you more vulnerable to mold toxicity such as parasites for example.

  • If you experience skin rashes from mold, use gentle products that do not further interfere with the endocrine system. Skin-supporting products that help reduce inflammation and support the skin barrier.  
 
Tools for preventing mold:
  • Water alarms are used in areas that can be prone to water leaks, such as under the sink, and near the toilets.

  • ERMI Test - Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) is an at-home mold test tool to measure 36 mold species. We recommend working with someone who is knowledgeable and has expertise in breaking down the ERMI test results.

  • Hygrometer – Measures the relative humidity, or the amount of moisture, in the air. A tool to have because mold likes to grow in warm humid environments.  

  • Working with a certified mold consultant who has the knowledge and experience to best support you is helpful to provide the best steps in figuring out your healthy home goals.

  • Air purifiers to help purify the indoor air in our home.

  • Not cleaning mold with bleach.

  • Non-toxic household cleaning products to use in your home to help reduce toxin load (such as EC3 mold solution spray or HOCL cleaning spray)
 
Remember there is no perfect home or space that will be completely mold-free.

Finding balance is key, not living in stress and fear of mold that does not allow you from living a life you enjoy.

Give yourself grace, everyone’s circumstances are different, and everyone is bio-individual with what works best for them.
 
We are happy to help support you and provide additional resources if you do not know where to begin, feel free to email us! 
 
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but for educational purposes only.


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