XMAN: Mold Facts
Foods Containing Mold
There are numerous foods that we consume every day that are high in mycotoxins. One specific mycotoxin found in food is known as ochratoxinA (OTA) & is most often found in highpolyphenol foods such as coffee, chocolate, wine, grains (especially in imported grains), and beer.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
- Brain fog
- Respiratory issues
- Cognitive impairment
- Immune suppression
- Digestive problems
- Poor sleep
- Thyroid Issues
- Joint pain
Ways To Prevent Symptoms of Mold Exposure
- Keep unwanted moisture out of your home. Keep indoor humidity levels between 30%-50%.
- Be highly cognizant of potential water leaks and water damage.
Ways to Recover from Mold Symptoms
Systemic enzymes (helps with the autoimmune response)
Products that increase intracellular glutathione.
Charcoal (to bind the biotoxins in the gut and through the bile complex)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to oxygenate the blood (mold tends to suffocate the blood)
B-vitamins (to support the stress response of the body)
Coconut and MCT oil (helps prevent the candida overgrowth that can be triggered from mold exposure)
Mold Exposure & Mold Symptoms:
What You Need To Know Right Away
Mold is a term that, in our American culture, tends to evoke negative images. While mold exposure can have devastating health consequences, it is important to establish that not all mold is hazardous. In fact, there are many types of mold that exist, life-saving antibiotics are due to “good” forms of mold. When mold is purposefully grown under the proper conditions, it can be beneficial. Harmful mold releases toxic chemicals into our living and work spaces that produce symptoms of mold exposure.
What Is The Cause Of Indoor Mold Growth
Unwanted mold growth occurs due to high indoor moisture levels, which can occur for these 2 reasons:
- High Humidity
- Water Damage
While mold formation from high humidity levels can take a little extra time to develop, mold caused by any amount of water damage can appear in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
Why Is Mold Bad
Mild to severe symptoms of mold exposure arise due to the toxic chemicals produced by mold. These toxins are known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can have a harmful effect on both humans and animals, and have been shown to suppress immune function.
Mold Symptoms And The HLA 27 Gene
While mold symptoms can arise in almost anyone. 25% of individuals are genetically susceptible to the symptoms because they have what is known as the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene. which causes the body to be unable to recognize mold as a toxin.
TYPES OF MOLD
Researchers classify molds into three basic groups depending on the mold exposure symptoms humans experience.
- ALLERGENIC MOLD Bothersome if you are allergic to chem.
- PATHOGENIC MOLD Lead to infection and can be particularly harmful.
- TOXIGENIC MOLD Dangerous ones that produce mycotoxins.
TYPES OF MYCOTOXIN
There are three primary mycotoxins that can be measured in your urine. Exposure to these mycotoxins can trigger severe symptoms.
Comes from the Aspergillus mold.
Comes from the Aspergillus and Penicillium mold.
Comes from a variety of molds (Stochybotrys mold is the most common source).
Toxic Black Mold Symptoms
- Brain Fog
- Aches and Pains
- Muscle Cramps
- Focus / Concentration Issues
- Short Term Memory Loss
- Mood Swings
- Sleep Disorders
- Autoimmune Problems
- Inflammatory Problems
- Weight Gain
- Shortness of Breath
- Sinus Problems