What you NEED to know about Toxic Mold.
It’s amazing how something that is so good for you, can actually become harmful to you under the right conditions. What am I referring to? Water.
We are made of water. Over half of our body weight is water. We need water to grow new cells, flush toxins out of our body, regulate our body temperature, lubricate our joints and so much more. We need to stay hydrated in order to keep healthy. However, when water, or moisture, is left on its own, away from light, in the right temperature, and without circulation, it can harbor mold, which can be toxic to our body.
Mold is All Around
There are different types of mold. You can find mold on foods that spoil. You can find mold outdoors in the soil, on tree bark, or on rotting wood. Mold also likes to grow on wood and paper products. Have you ever smelled a musty cardboard storage box?
Mold spores are all around and can easily enter your home or other indoor environment. Mold becomes dangerous when it begins to grow indoors in areas with a lot of moisture. Everyone knows that mold can grow quickly in a flooded home, but did you also know that mold can grow around a leaky pipe, or leaky roof with standing water? There can be leaks behind walls, or other areas you cannot see. Not all molds are toxic, but species that are toxic often thrive on drywall, or under your floors.
Damage to homes and buildings from mold may be more common than you would imagine. It is estimated that over 25% of buildings have water damage from floods, storms, excess humidity, burst pipes, or slow leaks.
Is Your Health Being Impacted?
Mold can create a variety of health related issues from typical allergy symptoms of congestion, sore throat, runny eyes, and skin irritation to much worse. In addition, roughly 25% of the population is genetically susceptible to not being able to clear mold correctly, making them chronically ill from mycotoxins, the toxic substance that certain molds produce.
Mold toxins get stored in their body because they do not make the antibodies which aid in removing the toxins. Mold toxins run freely throughout the body including the brain. In the brain, it can impact hormone production. Mold creates inflammation in the body, which usually is at the root of chronic disease.
Unfortunately, I am someone who has personally seen the devastating effects of what mold can do as it ruined my health. It has taken me years to overcome its damaging effects. Mold is not something to take lightly.
It can be hard to conclude that mold is the culprit of health issues because of the wide range of symptoms it can produce. Also, multiple people in a moldy building can react differently. One person can get very sick while another person may not express any symptoms.
In addition, many doctors are not trained to identify mold illness. Someone can visit a doctor multiple times and not be diagnosed properly. Mold can be the root cause of someone who is experiencing symptoms that traditional doctors cannot explain.
That was my case. It took me visits to multiple doctors before realizing that mold was a factor. Fortunately, doctors, such as those who practice functional medicine recognize mold as a leading culprit in poor health, estimating that mold contributes to 50% of their patient’s illnesses.
Mold is something to be on the lookout for in your home. Due to its toxicity, it is something to take seriously.
Teresa Jungling is the owner of the healthy living blog, Living Natural Today and the previous radio show host of Living Natural Today - Out with Toxins, In with Your Health. Living Natural Today is a resource for those looking to create a healthier, more natural home and live a healthier lifestyle.