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People often underestimate the crippling effects that mold has on our bodies. If the growth of mold is unmanaged, it can overload and break down your immune system. When someone is suffering from mold toxicity, they are often left confused and frustrated trying to figure out the root cause of their illness.
Mold Attacks Your Performance and Health
Some molds release poisonous, invisible chemicals known as mycotoxins that are difficult, but not impossible, to kill. These mycotoxins will make their home all around your environment, contaminating everything you own from furniture to your clothes. These biotoxins travel through the body distressing immunity, joints, the nervous system, and more. They change how you think, how you feel and even how long you live.
Apart from mycotoxins, molds also generate irritants and allergens that trigger reactions often related to a person’s sensitivities. For example, studies show that 25-28% of North Americans are genetically predisposed to have problems with water-damaged buildings.
What Are The Symptoms?
Chronic mold toxicity is repeatedly misdiagnosed because of its collection of symptoms that resemble other diseases and syndromes. It’s habitually mistaken for and pooled together as Lyme Disease, Celiac Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and more.
Research shows that exposure to mold can cause:
- Neurocognitive problems
- Brain Fog/Confusion/Memory loss
- Mood issues
- Sleep issues
- Auto-immune issues
- Inflammatory problems
- Joint pain
- GI problems/food sensitivities
- Weight fluctuation
- Numbness and tingling
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
Where Does Mold Hide?
About 50% of the buildings in the United States have water damage, so there’s a good chance you and mold have been in the same room. Mold flourishes in damp, poorly ventilated areas. Sometimes it starts with a plumbing problem, a leak in your roof or the aftermath of a flood. Any place water travels, mold can unexpectedly develop behind drywall, underneath carpeting, in wood and poor construction materials.
Also, dirty HVAC systems collect dust and moisture, making them a perfect Petrie dish for mold to grow, even if you don’t have a leak.
Shockingly, mold isn’t just happy to multiply in damp, dark places. Some of the toughest strains grow in dry, arid climates.
Apart from molds in the environment, there are also molds in food. Foods that are higher inmycotoxins are grains, nuts, chocolate, coffee, and wine. If you are sensitive to mold in your surroundings, you’re more likely to be vulnerable to the mold or yeast in your food.
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