Dealing with Mold Toxicity and CIRS? 6 Tips to Help You Thrive
It’s estimated that at least 45 million buildings in the United States have unhealthy levels of mold.1 And spending time in these mold-harboring buildings can have some serious consequences for your health.
But the good news is, even if you’ve been exposed to toxic levels of mold and have been battling mold-related symptoms (like CIRS), there’s hope for not only healing – but flourishing. Here are 5 tips to help you combat and bounce back from mold toxicity and CIRS.
So, What Is Mold Toxicity and CIRS?
Mold toxicity occurs when you’ve been exposed to mold and its toxic metabolites, known as mycotoxins. Some level of mold exposure is inevitable, but when exposure is elevated or prolonged, the tiny toxins within mold can covertly make their way into your body and begin causing damage. And one way these mycotoxins can incite damage is by triggering what’s known as CIRS or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.
The widespread and ongoing inflammation seen in CIRS can affect virtually any organ system of your body, and if left unaddressed, it can become debilitating – leading to a whole host of unpleasant symptoms that can encompass things like:
- Brain fog and memory issues
- Difficulty regulating body temperature
- Digestive issues
- Headaches and sensitivity to light
- Joint aches and pains
- And more
But the good news is, we’ve come a long way in our understanding of mold toxicity and CIRS, and there are some powerful steps you can take to ensure you’re not only surviving after mold exposure – but thriving.
6 Powerful Tips to Help You Thrive With Mold Toxicity and CIRS
Living with a chronic condition and recovering from toxic mold exposure does mean you’ll have to make some adjustments and lifestyle changes. But with a little upfront effort, these simple lifestyle tweaks can go a long way in helping you restore your vitality and get you back to feeling like you again.
You’ll notice that many of these tips have to do with avoiding mold and mycotoxins. This is because addressing your exposure at the source is hands down one of the most important ways to combat mold toxicity. You see, it can be helpful to imagine your mold toxicity and CIRS as a bucket – with each exposure and toxin we remove from your bucket, the lighter and easier your life will be. And on the flip side, when your bucket fills to overflowing, illness will follow.
So the path to healing and wellness is all about decreasing total toxic load – or in other words, bailing water out of your bucket! So without further ado, here are 6 of the very best tips for living and thriving with mold toxicity and CIRS.
1. Check Your Home and Office For Mold
It’s estimated that about 50% of homes contain mold. Pair that with the fact that we now spend about 90% of our time indoors, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for mold toxicity and CIRS. That’s why having your home and/or workplace inspected for any signs of hidden mold is one of the most important steps when it comes to recovering from toxic mold exposure.
Ideally, you should have an Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) test completed by a trusted inspector to determine the level of mold contamination within a building. If you find your home or office contains mold spores, the next step is to pinpoint the source and hire a certified specialist to properly remediate.
If your home or building does require mold remediation, it's of the utmost importance to temporarily remove yourself from the environment until remediation is complete. While the thought of uprooting your life for mold remediation can feel daunting and overwhelming, it’s essential if you want a full, healthy life. Regaining your health is well worth the hassle of temporarily relocating while remediation is conducted.
2. Clean Up Your Air
Did you know that most indoor air is actually more polluted than outside air? And considering the fact on average, you’re likely in your home between 8 to 12 hours each day and in your office between 6 to 10 hours – that means you spend most of your life breathing in highly polluted air!
But it’s not just mold you have to worry about. There are tons of other indoor air contaminants worth worrying about, including volatile organic compounds, bacteria, endotoxins, microbial particulates, and much more. And each of these contaminants adds to your “toxin bucket” – making it harder and harder for your body to maintain equilibrium.
So, it can be immensely helpful to clean up your indoor air by investing in a quality air filtration system that can filter and trap these ultra-tiny particles contaminating your air.
3. Get On A Low-Mold Diet
Adopting what’s known as a low-mold diet means reducing your exposure to inflammation-causing and mold-tainted foods. In general, the low-mold diet means avoiding:
- Gluten and grains
- Mold and yeast-containing foods – cheese, alcohol, condiments, fungi, cured and smoked meats, dried fruits
- Mold-contaminated coffee
- Processed foods – canned, boxed, bottled, etc
- Sugar in all forms
While on the low-mold diet, you can freely enjoy:
- Organic, pasture-raised animal products
- Low carbohydrate vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, chard, cabbage, arugula, peppers, tomato (fresh only), cucumber, onion, kale, asparagus, spinach, leeks, garlic, artichokes, etc
- Raw nuts and seeds – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, and other low mold nuts (No peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts)
- Healthy Fats – extra virgin olive oil, coconut milk, coconut oil, ghee, avocado, organic butter.
Check out the full details surrounding the low-mold diet by clicking right here.
4. Use Detox Binders
Detox binders (like charcoal and bentonite clay) work like sponges – drawing in toxins from the gut and trapping them within their porous surfaces. Once toxins are trapped, they can no longer be recirculated and can be effectively eliminated from the body for good.
By incorporating detox binders, you can help reduce the buildup of toxins, heavy metals, and other chemicals – thus helping to empty your “toxin bucket”.
5. Incorporate Detoxifying Techniques
There are some additional strategies that can support detoxification and combat inflammation. These techniques not only help empty your “toxin bucket” and improve your health, but many of them will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
Detox support can include:
- Infrared sauna therapy
- IV detoxification support (Meyer’s cocktails, IV glutathione, NAD, PC)
- Supplementation such as:
- Liposomal glutathione
- Milk thistle
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Dry brushing
- Epsom Salt baths
- Mineral or alkaline waters
- Reducing chemical exposures – think plastics, cosmetics, cookware, and cleaning products
- Reducing EMF exposure
- Filtering drinking water
CIRS and mold toxicity is a war of attrition – meaning it requires consistent, small-scale actions to lower your exposure to health-disrupting toxins. Over time, these efforts add up in a big way. The less you fill your toxin bucket, the less you feed the inflammatory pathways, and the more you amplify detoxification – the better off you’re going to be.
6. Follow A Short-Term Mold Detox Protocol
A short-term detoxification protocol specifically aimed at assisting your body in transporting any toxic mold out of your tissues can help jumpstart your path to healing. And my 30-day Miracle Mold Detox Box is designed to do exactly that. This unique protocol is strategically crafted to:
- Upregulate your body's natural detoxification cycle
- Boost your cell’s ability to release stored mycotoxins
- Magnetize and bind to mycotoxins so they can be properly excreted
- Support cellular energy production
- Reduce inflammation triggered by exposure to toxic mold
- Promote cellular recovery and mitochondrial health
- Assist in remineralization to support healthy electrolyte balance
When combined with an overall healthy lifestyle and some of the other suggestions outlined in this article, my Miracle Mold Detox Box can dramatically cut down on the time it takes to start seeing results when you’re combating mold toxicity and CIRS. Click here to learn more about my Miracle Mold Detox Box and see if this protocol is right for you.
Mold toxicity and CIRS can be frustrating, life-altering, and in some cases, downright devastating. But as our understanding of these complex conditions expands, so does our arsenal of weapons in fighting back against them.
It’s these tiny, bite-sized lifestyle adjustments that make all the difference when it comes to not just surviving mold exposure and CIRS but creating a vibrant, flourishing life despite these conditions.