By Danielle, contributing writer
The flu bug going around, fluoride in our water,and annoying pediatricians may top the list of concerns for most crunchy mamas. But are you aware of a common health trigger that may be lurking in your home?
Mold is an issue in many homes and despite popular thought, any amount or type of mold may compromise your health. Learn about the signs of mold exposure, and what you can do about it naturally.
What are the signs of mold exposure in the body?
- Coughing and other respiratory issues
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Brain fog
- New allergy symptoms
- Sore throat
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Autoimmune disorders and a compromised immune system
What are the signs of mold exposure in your home?
- Musty smell throughout a room or area
- High humidity or moisture in the home
- Your family suddenly experiences recurring coughs, respiratory infections, fevers, or diarrhea and vomiting
- Visible mold: any colorful (green, black) mold is of course a clear sign of an issue
- Mold or mildew found on any furniture, carpet or rugs, or walls. This shows that the home is way too humid. Use fans, open windows, or run your heater regularly to combat moisture.
- Clothes in the washer start smelling musty quickly.
To learn more about signs of mold exposure, check out this post. If you have more than two to three of these symptoms suddenly, and can find no other culprit, it may be time to look around your home and basement for mold.
What should I do if I suspect mold in my home?
First, get it before it starts. Open your windows, run your heater or wood stove, and use fans and vents regularly, especially in the bathroom where moisture is always an issue. If you are conscious about moisture and airflow in your home, mold is much less likely to grow. Go minimalist and limit the amount of stuff, especially rugs and furniture in your home. Be sure that your vents are not covered.
Second, do a home test. A simple online test can give you a good idea if you have mold or not. If mold is found in a room, large area, or your entire home, call a professional. Removing mold yourself (outside of it being on one or two objects) causes spores to release in the air, and that’s what causes most people’s health issues. If you have one or two objects that had mold, remove them wearing a mask, and clean the area with essential oils.
Herbs to Help with Mold Exposure
If you’ve found mold in your home, don’t panic. Stress never made anyone better! But, you should take an active approach and gently treat your family for mold. If you have a serious autoimmune or longstanding issue, it’s probably a good idea to find a naturopath you trust and start a homeopathic detox, as well.
In addition to these herbs, it’s a good idea to take bentonite clay or activated charcoal daily to help bind the fungal toxins and rid them from the body. It’s also important to get enough rest, fresh air, and sunlight. In fact, sunlight and vitamin D is a great mold treatment.
- Echinacea, garlic, cordyceps, and oil of oregano are great herbs to begin stimulating your immune system to fight the mold. Choose one and supplement it for a week. Then, switch to another for the following week. Include at least one of these herbs for one week each month (then take a 3 week break) to help support your immune system through the detox. If you have an autoimmune issue, consult your physician before using these herbs.
- Next, add in herbs to help your body, especially your liver, rid itself of the mold. Dandelion root and milk thistle will be your go to’s. Keep these going throughout your detoxification protocol to support your digestive organs.
- Treat the brain fog that mold causes with gingko bilboa.
- Now, let’s start ridding the body of the mold. Start with garlic capsules or fresh garlic (2-4 grams) daily. *Do not take garlic if you have blood thinning issues.
- Try supplementing artichoke leaf extract, which was found to cancel out the ill effects of mold according to Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.
- Finally, supplement chlorophyll at the end of your detox to protect against further damage from the mold.
Mold is no joke, and it’s critical that you can identify the signs and treat yourself and your family at first signs of exposure. Use natural treatments to rid your body of mold gently.