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How to Detox Your Body from Mold
8 Weeks Protocol
Natural, evidence-based to safely detox your body from mold, the protocol focuses on the following steps:
Important: Some people are extremely sensitive to mold, and as such, may experience a severe reaction after mold exposure. If you suspect you are allergic or sensitive to mold, we highly recommend to see a specialist. You may need an immediate medical attention or a specific treatment plan.
1: Stop Mold Exposure
The most important step to detox your body from mold is to stop the mold exposure. A common way we are exposed to mold in breathing indoor mold.
As the mold spores break away, they become airborne and enter our bodies through the air we breathe.
Many people experience “musty” smell, although you may not always notice any odor. Not surprisingly, common symptoms of mold exposure affect the respiratory system.
Exposure to indoor mold can occur in residential homes, as well as in commercial buildings. So it is also important to consider your workplace or school as potential sources of mold exposure.
If you have a mold problem in your home, it is always best to have professionals handle the damage. If you decide to clean up the mold yourself, protect yourself by wearing gloves and avoid staying in the affected areas for too long.
We’ll cover more details on this topic in the “clear your home from mold” section in this article.
2: Mold Detox Diet
The purpose of the mold detox diet is to help your body cleanse excess mold naturally and safely. In the diet you:
- Remove foods and drinks that tend to have have mold in them
- Limit common allergens and inflaming foods known to cause sensitivities, weaken the immune system and stress the body
- Eat healthy whole foods to support your body natural detoxification and elimination pathways including the immune system.
Avoid Foods & Drinks with Mold
Often overlooked, many foods and drinks have small amounts of mold in them. This usually is not a problem to people who are not sensitive to mold. If you have some sensitivity, or are constantly exposed to mold, consuming food/drinks with mold may become an issue.
So it is wise to limit these foods for several weeks, and slowly introduce your favorite foods back once you feel better.
Common foods known to have mold (or easily develop mold) include:
- Cultured, aged or fermented foods and drinks such as: kombucha tea, sauerkraut, kimchee
- Luncheon meats, bacon, or hot dogs
- Hard salami and dry-cured country hams
- Cooked leftover meat and poultry
- Grain and pasta (some are allowed, see foods to eat below)
- Hard cheese, cheese made with mold, soft cheese
- Yogurt and sour cream
- Jams and jellies
- Fruits and vegetables
- Bread and baked goods
- Peanuts and peanut butter
- Yeast and yeast containing foods
- Old nuts or seeds (fresh nuts and seeds are usually ok for most people)
Limit Common Allergens & Food Sensitivities
Many people who experience issues with mold, also have sensitivities to other foods as well.
If you notice other food senvities, or experience ongoing digestive issues such as bloating or excess gas, it is always best to work with a nutritionist on a personalized plan. This way, the diet is tailored to your body and also consider individual foods sensitivities you may have.
With that said, a good place to start is to eliminate common food allergens and irritating foods. This concept is also known as the elimination diet.
Depending on the severity of your mold exposure, and how fast your body clears the excess mold once you stop the exposure, you should follow the diet for 4-8 weeks.
Foods to avoid include:
- Processed foods or packaged foods
- Fried foods
- Grains (some are allowed, see foods to eat below)
- Simple sugars
Foods to Eat During the Mold Detox Protocol
As in any diet plan, every person may benefit from eating different foods. The mold detox diet is no different.
So one plan doesn’t work for everyone, although there are a few common guidelines. To help you in the process, the following foods are considered safe for most people, with specific properties in them that can be very helpful in the mold cleanse process.
Important: pay close attention to both the source and freshness of your foods. Make sure they are always fresh and properly stored. Especially when you eat out. At home, avoid keeping cooked foods for more than a few days to minimize chances that mold will develop.
Most of the foods you eat on the mold detox diet are known for their ability to:
- Bind to toxins and encourage gut health (high in fiber)
- Reduce inflammation (healthy omega 3 fatty acids)
- Balance cellular damage (high in antioxidants)
- Promote tissue healing (high in protein).
Foods To Eat on the Mold Detox Diet Include:
- Fresh whole low sugar fruits in moderation such as apples, berries, blueberries, blackberries. Ideally in the morning, always on an empty stomach. Always watch for mold, especially on berries.
- All organic raw/steamed vegetables, ideally from the rainbow. Each color may indicate different plant pigment that have different phytonutrients and antioxidants.
- Dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach (high in chlorophyll).
Chlorophyll is shown by studies to bind to aflatoxins and reduce their bioavailability.(Aflatoxins are toxins produced by certain types of mold).
If you like chlorella, it is also one of the most concentrated natural source of Chlorophyll.
- Healthy fats, especially coconut oil, olive oil, whole avocado (watch for mold).
- Fresh nuts and seeds, make sure they are freshed and from a trusted source. Mold often develops in old nuts and seeds, so if you are not sure about the source of these, it is best to avoid.
- Wild caught fish such as salmon, always small fish to minimize mercury exposure, always from a trusted source. Wild fatty fish ish are high in anti inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, and are also a rich source of protein.
- Grass fed beef may be ok, always from a trusted source.
- Small amounts of quinoa or rice (white, wild or brown) are ok for most people. Make sure they are fresh and avoid keeping them in the fridge for more than two days.
3: Mold Detox Supplements
There are three types of supplements that can help you in the process of removing mold from your body:
- Support organs of elimination and detoxification
- Have specific ingredients known to bind and detox your body from mold
- Support your immune system
(especially Vitamin D, which most people have low levels).
Important: Your body naturally eliminates mold toxins (mycotoxins) through the stool (gut), and urine (kidneys).
To minimize side effects from mycotoxins circulating or re-absorbing in your system, it is very important to optimize these pathways. We’ll cover these below.
Optimize Gut & Digestive System to Detox Mold
The first step to detox your body from mold, is to clear your colon and intestines from accumulated waste buildup, mold, yeast and other toxins. This can help the body to eliminate mold quicker with the stool and minimize “healing crisis” or other discomforts during the mold cleanse.
Oxygen Colon Cleanse (Oxy-powder) :
Releases natural oxygen in the entire digestive system to loosens waste buildup often with mold and yeast that tend to stick to the intestinal wall. This allows the body to flush out this waste naturally throughout normal bowel movements.
Expect the next day to have a series of bowel movements. First time users usually report eliminating large amount of stored waste. You may also notice yeast and candida in your stool.
If you have concerned about candida or experience frequent yeast infections, see : candida cleanse.
In addition to improving digestion, the removal of the accumulated waste by the oxygen may also create an ideal environment in your gut that can encourage friendly probiotic growth, which also play a key role in maintaining a healthy yeast-mold balance in the body.
Probiotics are well known for their ability to promote a healthy yeast balance in the body by altering toxins metabolism in the gut, including mold toxins (mycotoxins).
Good options of probiotics to detox your body of mold include the top studied probiotic strains such as lactobacillus strains. To avoid a reaction to the probiotics, always look for supplements that are free from common allergens, especially soy, dairy, gluten and wheat.
It is also important that the company who makes the probiotics also guarantees their stability and potency. One study that tested 15 different probiotic supplements found that only 4 out of the 15 products met their label .
Dr. Group Floratrex is good example of probiotics we use in many of our body cleanses to promote a normal yeast balance and good gut health.
The formula combines the highly studied lactobacillus probiotic strains with inulin prebiotic. Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics that supports the good bacteria growth in your gut. Taking prebiotics together with probiotics is a common best practice shown by studies to enhance the effectiveness of the probiotic supplements.[6,7]
Antifungal & Mold Detox Supplements
Duration: weeks 2-4
There are a number of unique herbs and plants with known antifungal properties that can help to naturally eliminate mold and yeast from the body.
Some of these mold detox properties have been known and used traditionally for centuries. Just to give you an example, certain plants such as wild jatoba, are resistant to mold and fungus, and do not develop mold despite growing in a humid and wet environment. In fact, even after the tree dies, unlike most other rainforest trees, the wood of the jatoba tree does not rot.
Due to increased resistance to antifungal drugs, natural antifungals are extensively studied as an alternative option. According to research, herbs such as pau d’arco, licorice root, jatoba, and others can offer an effective and safe way to improve the natural candida yeast balance in the body.[8,9,10]
Not all natural antifungals, however, are safe. Some are even toxic. For this reason, and to avoid a negative reaction, we strongly recommend to get your antifungal supplements from a trusted source.
Mycozil is our recommended antifungal supplements during the four weeks of the mold detox. The formula combines wildcrafted and organic antifungal herbs, natural systemic enzymes that break down candida cell wall, and probiotics to help balance the candida yeast imbalance in the gut.
- Ingredients: jatoba bark, pau d’arco bark, licorice, anise seed, beta glucanase, hemicellulase, brevibacillus laterosporus, fulvic acid.
- Directions: Take 3 capsules 2 times daily before meals. If you have never used Mycozil before, start with 1 capsule twice a day and gradually increase each day.
Activated carbons (charcoal)
Several studies suggest that active charcoal can bind to mycotoxins in the gut and prevent their absorption.
Active charcoal is a well known for its ability to bond to other toxins in the body and prevent their absorption. The concern regarding its use, is that charcoal may interfere with the absorption of essential minerals and other nutrients as well.
To avoid this risk, charcoal use is definitely not intended for long term, and it is best to consult with a health practitioner before.
Important Facts, FAQ & Statistics About Mold Exposure
Mold Detox Diet vs. Candida Diet
The amount of carbs is a topic we are often asked about, usually in the context of the candida diet.
People with candida overgrowth or excess yeast in their body usually get better when they limit their carbs and sugars which are the primary fuel source of candida yeast.
People that experience mold issues, also seem to be affected more by candida, or don’t get well when they eat more carbs. For this reason, we highly recommend to limit your carbs on the mold detox diet.
Remember that this is not a diet for life. Just for a short term to help your body get rid of the excess mold.
How Common is Mold Exposure?
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 50% of American buildings have a history of water damage.
The water damage often occur from internal sources such as leaking pipes, bathtub leakage, or external sources like roof leaking from rainwater.
Overtime dampness becomes a problem as various materials in buildings (rugs, walls, ceiling tiles) become wet, creating ideal conditions for mold to develop.
Water damage and indoor mold can occur in residential homes, as well as in commercial buildings. So it is also important to consider your workplace or school as potential sources of mold exposure.
Mold Exposure Symptoms
Certain types of mold are highly toxic and may cause severe issues to people who are allergic to mold. Other risk factors include existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, and a weakened immune system.
People who are not allergic or sensitive to mold may not experience any symptoms when in the presence of mold. It is possible however, to develop mold sensitivity overtime due to ongoing exposure.
This may explain why some people who move to a new home with a mold problem may feel fine in the first few months, or even years, but start to develop some symptoms overtime.
Mold exposure symptoms may change from one person to another but usually include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
If you experience respiratory issues and looking for natural ways to support your lungs and clear your airwaves, see: lung cleanse.
- Red or watery eyes
- Skin rashes
- Mood swings
- Body aches and pains
- Memory loss, confusion, “brain fog”.
How to Detox Your Home from Mold
If you think you may have a mold problem in your home, it is always best to have professionals evaluate and correct the damage.
In many cases, the mold grow inside the walls, circulate in the HVAC system or may occur due to an ongoing leaking problem from your neighbor’s bathtub. All these are not issues you can easily repair, and often present a challenge even to professionals.
On the other hand, if you see visible signs of mold, such as black mold in your bathtub or kitchen, do not wait. Remove as soon as you can using hot soapy water, bleach, or commercial mold removal products.
Clear your Bedroom from Mold
Clearing your home from mold often takes time. In the process, a good option to help minimize the exposure is to clear your bedroom from mold. Certain air purifiers and dehumidifiers (if you live in a humid place) can help to remove some of mold particles from the air.
If you are not sure if there’s mold issue, there are several mold testing kits available online. We are still in the process of researching their effectiveness. Make sure to subscribe to read our findings.