Most people make it a point to avoid mold exposure by any means necessary, but the true reality behind mold is that it’s always present to some degree. It’s unfortunate, but there’s no running away from mold spores, there’s no avoiding it, and there’s no completely removing it from your life.
It’s found in the air that we breathe every second. It’s in a lot of the food we eat throughout the day. It’s in most water-damaged or high-humidity environments. It attaches itself to everything from articles of clothing to grocery bags, shoes, pets, furniture, carpet, and so much more.
Mold generally grows best when moisture, humidity, or water are present, there’s a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, an organic food source, and oxygen. If those factors are present, mold can easily multiply, grow, and spread – putting your body at risk of disease.
So, how does mold affect your health?
There are a number of mold types that are dangerous to your health and while the human body can normally rid itself of this danger, this isn’t the case with everyone – especially when mold levels grow excessive. With that said, mold exposure needs to be maintained and regulated.
When mold enters the body, it produces mold toxins called mycotoxins – such as aflatoxin and ochratoxin. These mycotoxins can result in a variety of unwanted and unhealthy symptoms due to mold toxicity in the body – including a compromised immune system and disrupted gut health.
What’s even worse is that some people – 25% of the population – are genetically predisposed to mold-related illness. If not treated in a timely manner, the danger and risk only increase as the immune system grows weak and fragile. The risk and danger will only continue to increase.
How to Detox Your Body From Mold
While the body has its own way of naturally detoxing the body from mold, this process isn’t always perfect and there are times when the body might struggle to rid itself from outside invaders. It’s during these moments that the human body is more susceptible to disease.
The good news is there are numerous ways to give your immune system and the rest of your body a boost when fighting off the harmful mold. With the right combination of lifestyle changes, positive habits, healthy decisions, and effective medication, you can achieve symptom relief.
Don’t worry, we’re going to discuss some of the most prominent ways to detoxify your body from excessive mold exposure, that way you can live a happy, healthy, and rewarding lifestyle.
Detox By Eliminating & Avoiding Exposure
While mold is always present and the body can normally fend off the mold in most cases, this ability is compromised when mold exposure becomes excessive or prolonged. In order to allow the body to thrive, opposed to the mold, it’s important that you eliminate these excessive levels.
This involves finding the source of the mold, maintaining indoor humidity levels, and effectively cleaning the area. Eventually, mold levels will return to a normal state and your body will thrive.
Detox By Taking Toxin Binders
Toxin binders, also known as mycotoxin binders, are designed to attach and bind to environmental toxins circulating in your bloodstream. Once attached, the binder helps move the toxins through the digestive tract so they can effectively be removed from the body – aiding the natural process.
Some of the most popular prescription binders are Cholestyramine and modified citrus pectin (MCP). Most over-the-counter binders generally use activated charcoal and bentonite clay.
A lesser-known mycotoxin binder is a guggulsterone. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to clear up acne, aid in weight loss, atherosclerosis, rheumatism, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity.
Guggulsterone can upregulate the bile salt export pump in the liver, which removes bile acids from the liver. Mycotoxins are found in these bile acids, so guggulsterone can effectively remove these mycotoxins through its elimination of the bile acids.
Detox With Exercise & Sweat
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it works in miraculous ways. One of those miracles it provides is the ability to sweat, which helps regulate body temperature, improves immune responses, and helps detox your body from heavy metals, chemicals, and bacteria.
Through any form of physical exercise, you can help put your body in a state of detox. This includes lifting weights, running, dancing, playing sports, walking, swimming, and much more.
Detox With Glutathione & Other Supplements
There are a number of unique supplements available to improve the detoxification process from mold, but Glutathione remains one of the most prominent – as well as activated charcoal and bentonite clay, as described above. Glutathione is naturally found in every cell in your body.
With that said, you can detox your body from the mold with a variety of different antioxidants – but glutathione is one of the best. Antioxidants help remove toxins and free radicals from the body.
Detox With Diet & Nutritional Changes
Your diet, the nutrients you provide your body with, and what you eat throughout the day play a major role in how well your body performs. By eating a healthy diet, your body will have all the necessary nutrients it needs to work as intended – including detoxifying the body from mold.
Make sure you’re avoiding excessive sugar, processed foods, and mold-infested foods. Maintain a balanced diet consisting of enough but not too much protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
Mold and Your Genes
The answer to one genetic predisposition toward mold illness is in the HLA-DR gene. HLA is the protein the HLA-DR gene expresses, which communicate to the immune system which cells are good and which it should fight.
When this protein functions correctly, the immune response is activated when foreign threats enter the body – such as biotoxins. But ill-functioning HLA-DR gene have a misprocessing of antigens, which inhibit the immune system from reacting correctly to infection and toxins.
Without producing antibodies that are needed for deactivating and removing mold toxins, these mycotoxins are stored throughout the body. More than not, they keep in the fatty regions of the body, like the brain, and wreak havoc on one’s health. The body also begins to exhibit autoimmune symptoms and disease states, ad the body loses its ability to differentiate between foreign and owned cells correctly. With over 36 different diseases that can result from an HLA-DR carrier’s exposure to mold, it’s no wonder that traditional medicine has trouble treating toxic mold symptoms.
So if you have gene mutations such as MTHFR and HLA – which one in four people do – your immune system cannot produce some of the vital antibodies to mycotoxins. This means that at least a quarter of the population has difficulty fighting off the mycotoxins that are so prevalent in our environment.
What You Should Expect When Detoxing from Mold
Here are some things to consider when detoxing from mold:
- Remediation of the moldy environment
- Proper supportive therapy
- Proper lab testing to confirm mold illness and track progress
- Thyroid labs and other basic labs
- Make sure detoxification pathways are open and bowels are working properly
Once the environment is clean, detoxing from mold takes around a year in most cases. For these reasons, working with a professional is necessary.
Never use bleach to get rid of mold.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration declared bleach ineffective against mold, and it can even increase the toxicity of mycotoxins, worsening your mold exposure symptoms.
Instead, use natural products like tea tree oil, which proved to be a potent antifungal agent.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Dr. Hagmeyer
Toxic mold is everywhere, but that doesn’t mean your body has to suffer as a result. With so many ways to detox your body from mold and prevent excessive mold contamination to begin with, no one should be at risk of chronic illnesses or diseases as a result of mold. Unfortunately for many, it’s a reality.
If you believe you’ve been exposed to excessive mold levels and are experiencing unwanted symptoms, contact Dr. Hagmeyer today.
We’ve helped a variety of people find relief from mold biotoxin illness and other immune-related diseases (such as chronic inflammatory response syndrome. We can’t wait to help you mold detox the right way!