What is Toxic Mold?
Unfortunately, mold problems are not unusual in the home, and the shower is a classic location to find black mold flourishing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, molds in general are very common in homes and buildings and they can grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture.
Toxic mold exposure and the ensuing poisoning can cause a wide range of health problems. Symptoms are actually really serious.
I want to note that according to the CDC, the term “toxic mold” is not accurate. However, it does admit that molds (like black mold) can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins) that are toxic or poisonous. So maybe we should call it toxin-producing black mold. Really this is just semantics - it creates toxic harm in your body, so toxic seems accurate.
There are many common black/toxic mold symptoms including:
Symptoms can also include nausea, vomiting, as well as bleeding in the nose and lungs. Studies have also linked household mold exposure to depression and anxiety.
The extent of toxic mold symptoms depends upon the number of spores inhaled and the duration of exposure. Black mold easily causes mold allergy symptoms, and symptoms likely persist until you get rid of the the black mold. Sometimes people don’t realize the health problems they’re having are actually black mold symptoms.
Mold is not something to ignore because it only gets worse the longer you ignore it. Read about mold removal HERE. The rest of this article deals with the healing & aftermath after removal.
Cleansing the Body
Probiotics: Mold's Worst Nightmare
Probably the most important supplement for recovering from mold-induced illness is a good probiotic. Your gastrointestinal tract is your first line of defense against mold and its toxins, and having a GI tract populated with beneficial flora is crucial for optimal immune function. Probiotics help repopulate your GI tract with these beneficial bacteria.
The "good" bacteria help keep the "bad" bacteria (and other organisms like mold and yeast) in check. This is why, as discussed earlier, antibiotics are so counterproductive if you have a fungal infection.
Without the proper microflora, fungi and their toxins can break through the walls of your intestinal tract and enter your bloodstream. When your bowel is toxic, the rest of your body soon follows. Sensing this toxicity, your immune system reacts with a vengeance, trying desperately to overcome this perceived assault, which results in systemic inflammation. And when your blood is full of toxins, your organs responsible for cleansing it (liver, kidneys, skin, lymph) become overloaded and multi-system health problems can occur—which is what many people experience after mold poisoning.
Your immune system produces antibodies to the mold (the antigen). If your overload is severe enough, you can experience "serum sickness," which can appear as a severe, unrelenting flu-like syndrome. The worst cases can take years to resolve unless aggressive action is taken.
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Activated charcoal can be taken as a supplement for mold cleansing. Most people don’t think about mold living in their bodies, but it can, and activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment. It traps toxins in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them. Activated charcoal is made from a variety of sources, but when used for natural healing, it’s important to select activated charcoal made from coconut shells or other natural sources.
Garlic is a potent antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, immune system stimulant, and detoxification agent. Garlic also helps clean out the respiratory tract. The best form is raw, whole garlic, rather than a supplement derived from garlic, as it is the synergism of the whole food that makes it so clinically active. Eat the cloves whole, or run them through your juicer alongside your veggies.
Omega-3 fats are also very important. Omega-3 is one of the most important essential nutrients out there. Three recent studies even found that omega-3 deficiency can cause or contribute to serious health problems, both mental and physical, and may be a significant underlying factor of up to 96,000 premature deaths each year.
OmegaGize 3 is going to help you get those fatty acids and so much more. This offers a combination of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone, great to support your brain and memory) combined with DHA fish oil and a blend of essential oils, all of which support brain, heart, eye, and joint health. Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA are strongly linked to improved cardiovascular health.
OmegaGize3 contains also the following essential oils (supporting the body while improving bioavailability):
Therapeutic Essential Oils + Mold
Plants not only play a vital role in the ecological balance of our planet, but they have also been intimately linked to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of mankind since the beginning of time. From cleansing to supporting every system of the body, pure therapeutic essential oils can provide one of the targeted solutions to restore balance and feel your best. Boosting the immune system natural allows it to grow stronger and fight off major illness.
Targeted essential oils for the problem of toxic mold:
🌱Oregano / Vitality Oregano
Oregano essential oil is one of the most potent essential oils. This oil has been used for centuries for cleansing and immune-enhancing benefits. Oregano essential oil, along with cinnamon, thyme, and cumin oils inhibited the production of aflatoxin by aspergillus fungus. Oregano oil is a wonderful purifying agent and immune booster.
NOTE: The therapeutic oils mentioned are to support the body & immune system cleanse and heal from exposure. In addition, there are dozens of oils that will help alleviate the discomfort from any symptoms you may be facing while you are healing (headache, sore joints/muscles, sleeplessness, anxiety, sadness, etc). The Premium Starter Kit (mentioned below) has oils that target each of these.
🌱Thyme / Vitality Thyme
Thyme essential oil is one of the primary oils suggested for mold. Thyme has been used for everything from Candida albicans to people struggling with mold infections. Thyme is a powerhouse of an oil. This oil can also have a cleansing and purifying effect for the skin.
🌱Cinnamon Bark / Vitality Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon oil has been shown to be one of the strongest oils for use in battling mold. In a test done on four essential oils, cinnamon showed the best inhibitory effect against mold growing on food. Wax papers with a 6% solution of cinnamon oil used on breads constrained mold growth by 96%. Another study by the International Journal of Food Microbiology showed that a combination of essential oils, including cinnamon bark oil, suppressed bacterial growth for 60 days. The study suggests that cinnamon oil could be considered an alternative to other food preservatives.
This essential oil contains strong cleansing and immune enhancing properties as well.
🌱Ginger / Vitality Ginger
Ginger is also an antifungal and antibacterial. It helps dislodge congestion in your respiratory tract, and is also a great digestive aid. Ginger essential oil also makes a great addition to fresh juice or tea.
🌱Clove / Vitality Clove
Clove essential oil is great for dealing with fungal growth. Clove is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals and maintain a healthy immune system.
Cloves are derived from an evergreen tree native to Indonesia. The flower buds are often used as a spice. The essential oil of clove has been used medicinally in Chinese and Indian medicine and herbalism as a painkiller for dentistry.
The famous Aspergillus niger (also known as black mold) is especially sensitive to clove oil. This suggests promising effectiveness in cleaning molds on hard (non-porous) surfaces. Cloves have been shown to put an end to Candida growth in the mouth and intestine. A study found that clove “had a fast killing effect on yeast cells.”
Another helpful essential oil, this oil can be an effective source for naturally treating small mold issues on surfaces and fabrics. Tea tree essential oil is a powerful natural anti-fungal that is often used in nontoxic cleaning solutions, and can also be beneficial in dealing with mold and mildew smells.
If you need to kill mold or mildew on clothing, or to eliminate a musty odor, simply add a few drops of tea tree oil & Thieves blend to the wash cycle. This will also help kill mildew buildup in the washer and can be used to rinse and refresh clothing that was left in the machine too long.
If you have a small mold area to clean you can mix 1 tsp tea tree oil with 15 drops Thieves blend and 1 cup of water and put in a spray bottle. Once you have determined that the mold contamination is safe to clean yourself, you can spray this formula on the problem area, let it soak for awhile, and then carefully wipe clean. If you are cleaning a porous surface you may not want to dilute with water as this may feed the mold growth. Test a small area to make sure it does not damage the item. This should kill most spores and prevent the mold from returning. If you have a water issue or leak, you will want to make sure to get it fixed so that you do not have the same issue return.
NOTE: These are not the only therapeutic essential oils that will support your overall healing and immune system. While this list is the perfect place to start, many oils (as long as they are non-GMO, hyper-organic, and directly from the farm) can support your body. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations of blends and singles based on your specific needs and symptoms.
As always, contact the ApothecaryMama for support and recommendations or to purchase the world’s purest oils & supplements mentioned in this article).
EO Detox + Cleanse
In addition to diffusing (aromatic) and topical use of the previously mentioned essential oils, ingesting therapeutic essential oils with numerous benefits can support the body to cleanse, heal & boost your immune system.
In an empty capsule (gelatin or vegetarian is fie) add the following:
Take this 2-3x daily for at least 90 days, reduce to daily until all symptoms have abated for an additional 90 days. Periodic use of this blend will help boost immune system and cannot cause any contraindications or harm. That’s the beauty of the world’s purest oils!
Because the function of the liver is so key to overall health and healing, you may also consider the Cleansing Trio Kit. The Cleansing Trio Kit contains the products you need to begin improving your health through cleansing your system and eliminating waste by specifically supporting normal liver function. Augmented with herbs that are rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fiber, and essential oils, the Cleansing Trio will give you new energy and an improved sense of well-being.
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Diet + Nutrition
Cutting Off the Fungal Food Supply
One of the most beneficial interventions in recovery is a radical change in diet. Cut out every food that fuels fungal growth—namely, sugars, grains and grain-based foods, and simple carbohydrates. By eliminating milk, bread, crackers, pasta, cereal, nearly all fruit, and anything made from refined white flour, you literally STARVE the mold out of your bodies.
Fungi, including yeast and molds, need sugar in order to survive. So what you eat really matters, since any organism living in your body depends on your diet to sustain it. Fungi will thrive on a diet high in fructose, sucrose (table sugar), lactose (milk sugar) and other sugars.
This is not new information. Low sugar diets have been popularized in the battle against Candida overgrowth (Anti-yeast diet, Candida Diet, etc.), and mold thrives in similar conditions as yeast. It makes perfect sense that people with fungal infections begin to regain their health when they begin taking away the fungus' food supply.
Sugar also suppresses your immune system and commonly contains mold contamination itself, which are two good reasons to avoid it. But cutting out sugar and grains may not go far enough.
Top 10 Foods to Avoid if You Have Mold Sensitivity/Exposure
People who have been exposed to toxic mold can become "sensitized" in such a way that they react to a variety of different agents in their food and environment, as if they are allergic to them. It may take only a very minute exposure to trigger a major recurrence of symptoms. So you must take steps to make your environment as mold-free as humanly possible—so that you're not breathing fungi or eating fungi.
There are several types of food that should be avoided if you are mold-sensitive because they are subject to mold contamination. In their book, the Billings include a list of the top-ten mycotoxic foods, compiled by David A. Holland, MD and Doug Kaufmann, which I'm including for you below. As you can see, many of those top-ten foods are grains.
Basically, the closer you stick to a basic diet of fresh organic vegetables, lean organic meats, and fresh, pure water while recovering, the less risk you'll have of additional mold exposure and reactions. It's wise to avoid eating out because you just can't control what is put into your food unless you prepare it yourself. You have to go beyond being a good label reader and become a "food detective."
You may want to do some vegetable juicing to accelerate your healing. Juicing helps alkalize your body, and for the most part, fungi can't grow in an alkaline environment. Juices assimilate very quickly into your system with very little effort or energy by your digestive tract—like an intravenous infusion of whole food nutrition! Juices should be consumed immediately after being juiced (within 15 minutes is best) as the enzymes degrade rapidly thereafter.
NOTE: Young Living supplements with digestive enzymes can really help support cleansing & healing.
Support + Creating a Plan
Living an authentic healthy lifestyle requires commitment - healing from an illness, recovering from addiction, or cleansing from toxic exposure requires a commitment & dedication above and beyond general wellness. BUT IT CAN AND WILL WORK! If you work for it.
Often those suffering with illness, especially when it is something misunderstood by the limited conventional medical way of thinking (ie. Mold exposure, fibromyalgia, depression etc), there comes a feeling of isolation and despair. Along with the physical systems, which are quite real and devastating, your peace of mind and hopefulness may have been dampened. If you take away anything from this collaboration of information let it be that you are not alone.
There is hope, there is a way, and you can be happier + healthier NOW.
Support here is always freely given regardless of your circumstances. Please do not hesitate with any questions you have, help with acquiring the therapeutic essential oils & supplements mentioned (at a 24% discount) or simply one-on-one coaching to create your individual healing protocols.
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