Detoxifying your body from mold exposure is a complex process that typically involves both medical and environmental measures. Mold exposure can lead to various health problems, especially for individuals with mold allergies or sensitivities.
Toxic mold found in water-damaged buildings secrete mycotoxins.
Here are some facts about mycotoxins:
- Mycotoxins are secreted by all fungal elements
- Each mycotoxin varies by mold species
- They are lipophilic meaning they reside in our fatty tissue which requires more detox power than a hydrophilic, or water loving, toxin
- Mycotoxins are energetically expensive meaning they deplete our cells of vital ATP resulting in chronic fatigue and interference with vital cellular functions.
- Mycotoxins compete with other microbes in our body and are known to deplete our microbiomes of healthy bacteria.
- Mycotoxins are inhaled, ingested and absorbed through our skin.
- Mycotoxins are used in biological warfare and in medicine to suppress immune function
What are symptoms of mold toxicity?
Mold and mycotoxins have the ability to affect every body system and these harmful substances, if allowed, will cause damage to every system in your body. Mycotoxins are:
- Immunotoxic – causes immune dysregulation
- Neurotoxic – damage to the brain
- Dermatoxic – alters skin function and leads to skin symptoms
- Nephrotoxic – damaging to the kidneys
- Hepatotoxic – damaging to the liver
- Hepatocarcinogenic – contribute to liver cancer
- Genotoxic – toxic to DNA
- Teratogenic – can cause fetal harm
- Carcinogenic – cancer causing
- Alimentary toxic – prevent adequate nourishment
So, how do I get these volatile toxins out of my body?
Detox is a complex process that requires nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, amino acids, fatty acids to support our cell membranes, and proper gut function for absorption of these nutrients and final elimination of the toxins.
Here are some first steps to help with mold detox:
- Identify and eliminate the source of mold in your home or workplace. This may involve fixing water leaks, improving ventilation, and removing contaminated materials.
- Move away from the standard American diet (SAD) and increase the biodiversity of the foods you are eating. The more color you have in your diet, the more you are supporting your detox pathways.
- Many people with mold illness also struggle with histamine intolerance so sometimes a low histamine diet is needed PLUS additional supports for mast cell activation.
- Drink plenty of clean water to support detoxification and kidney function.
- If you struggle with any gut issues, I recommend seeing a functional practitioner for a comprehensive consult and personalized treatment plan. Proper gut function is imperative to mold detox.
- Some individuals take supplements like activated charcoal or chlorella to help bind and eliminate mycotoxins from the body. However, the use of supplements should be discussed with a healthcare provider as using these incorrectly or long term can result in nutrient deficiencies over time.
It’s essential to remember that the effectiveness of these measures may vary depending on the severity of mold exposure and individual health conditions, genetics and epi-genetics. Mold-related health problems can be complex, and a comprehensive approach that involves both medical and environmental aspects is often necessary. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance and treatment options.
Wave on Wave Health Mold Treatment
If you’re in need of mold health treatment or have any inquiries related to mold-related health issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Wave on Wave Health in Melbourne Beach, Florida at 815-701-6507. We are dedicated to helping you address your mold health concerns.
If you have been exposed to mold and believe mycotoxins are playing a part in your current health and are looking to improve your health for the long term schedule a FREE consult here to discuss how we can help!