Hazards Of Toxic Mold And Mold Related Illness
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
I woke up with a pounding headache, congested sinuses and my throat felt a little funny. I went to work hoping and praying that I wasn’t coming down with something. Lucky for me, after a few hours at work, I felt 100% fine! NICE!
But then it happened again the next day.
And the day after that.
WHAT was going on?
I woke up feeling awful… then after a few hours, I felt great again! The only thing that had changed was that I had just moved into a new apartment. Everything looked nice and clean, but I did notice a bit of a “wet” smell in the one corner of the bedroom. I poked around a little, but didn’t see anything suspicious.
A few more days went by with the SAME symptoms. So, I did what I normally do when I need answers… I Googled it. It didn’t take long for me to recognize that most of the information was pointing to the same culprit.
I moved out of the apartment STAT… and my symptoms disappeared!
MILLIONS of people are suffering from this “hidden” health issue, because many physicians are not able to correctly diagnose the problem. Because the symptoms of mold toxicity are so varied and complex, it can be extremely difficult to identify the true source of what is causing the problem(s).
Mold (and, more specifically, mold spores) is all around you. It is in the air you breathe, in your home and on your food. The issue is that some mold makes mycotoxins. These mycotoxins can change the way you think and how you feel – and can even have an impact on how long you live!
The scary reality is that many people live, work, or go to school in moldy buildings. It is estimated that approximately 45 millions Americans are affected by toxic mold – and many of them don’t even know it. It is also estimated that about half of all buildings in the USA have some sort of water damage – which highly increases the chances of “hidden” toxic mold being present.
Mold affects us all. Even if you are very healthy and fit, mold can still influence the way you feel. Here are some common symptoms and side effects of mold toxicity:
The list can go on and on, because mold can imbed itself into so many different parts of your body! Here is how mold influences the various systems in your body:
If you have any unexplained symptoms or suffer from any of the issues mentioned above, then mold could be to blame.
Luckily, with the proper actions and care, you can protect yourself from further exposure as well as help yourself recover from the negative impact mold has already had on your health.
Follow these four steps to help limit your exposure to toxic mold:
1. Improve Your Air Quality: Indoor air can be 5 to 10 times MORE polluted than outdoor air, especially if windows are kept closed and the air is unable to circulate. Make sure there is proper ventilation throughout your home as well as using a high quality air purifier. To learn more about air purifiers and how to choose the best one, CLICK HERE.
2. Inspect Your Home: Conduct an inspection of your home. Look for surface mold (when you can see the mold) or signs of mold such as bubbling paint, bulging walls, discoloration and/or peeling paint. If your home has any sort of musty smell, there could be a mold issue. Call in an expert if you suspect you could have a mold problem, but can’t find the source.
3. PREVENT Mold Growth: Locate and fix water leaks immediately, use exhaust fans when cooking/showering, insulate exterior walls to prevent condensation and keep indoor humidity below 50 percent.
4. Avoid “Moldy” Foods: Certain foods are susceptible to mold. Avoid the following foods:
- Sugar (from cane and beets)
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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