We live in a world that is becoming more and more toxic every year. Toxins, and specifically mold, contribute to a vast number of health problems found in today’s society. Many of us are unaware that this may be a problem inside our own bodies, as most doctors are not testing for these toxins. But what can we actually do about this problem? Read on to find out. (note: skip the science section and head straight to our natural solutions at the bottom if you want to get started right now.)
What Are Mycotoxins?
Mycotoxins are toxic compounds that arise naturally in mold and fungi due to environmental factors. An estimated 25 percent of the world’s crops are contaminated by mold and fungal growth making them the most frequently occurring natural contaminants in human and animal food. However, they also grow due to poor harvesting practices, improper storage, and less-than-optimal conditions during processing and transportation.
Mold illness may be the most prominent health problem physicians are missing today — a “hidden” pandemic that’s sweeping the nation. Millions are suffering from mysterious illnesses; sadly, they’ve received essentially no help from physicians.
- In developed countries we are constantly consuming food, often laced with mycotoxins. We have an abundant supply and food is made available 24/7. This constant grazing all day long over time of contaminated foods can become overwhelming and disrupting to the gut/GI tract.
- This gut disruption is a root cause of disease. Gut dysfunction leads to unhealthy weight gain, obesity, and an abnormally high concentration of fats in the blood.
These factors increase the risk of heart disease.
Inflammation: Mycotoxins and the Gut
Mycotoxins can change the terrain and structure of the gut, increasing its permeability. They enter our GI tract upon consumption of tainted foods. The combination of the high levels of GI distress and a prevalence of water-damaged buildings results in a colonization of mold in our GI tracts, making them a target for mycotoxins. GI inflammation and dysfunction will be increased for the 25% of the population who are more genetically reactive to mold. The GI distress perpetuates the inflammatory cycle, damaging other organ systems of the body, including the heart.
Low-grade chronic inflammation from leaky gut and mold sets the stage for degenerative disorders including coronary heart disease (CHD), Afib, high blood pressure and stroke, which are among the leading causes of worldwide premature mortality.
Inflammation affects everything within the body. When there is dysfunction in the gut, our entire immune system will be disrupted. Just as the gut leaks, so do other organs. I created the term “leaky heart syndrome” because the lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium, leaks. In other words, the endothelium becomes dysfunctional, allowing proteins, immune cells and other material into the inner lining of the vessel. Learn more in my video on Leaky Gut, Leaky Heart.
Consuming a diet that is dense in anti-inflammatory foods is vital for your gut and heart health. This is why I recommend my Paleo Pyramid. The Paleo diet is loaded with phytochemicals, healthy fats and nutrients to give your body the building blocks necessary for reducing inflammation.
If you want to find a more targeted therapeutic approach, these are some tests to consider:
- Triple Toxin Panel – this will assess your body’s toxic load of possible mycotoxins, metals, & environmental chemicals.
- Wheat Zoomer Test – Leaky gut analysis by zonulin, anti-zonulin, anti-actin, and anti-LPS, reactions to gluten which control zonulin, and more!
- Cardiovascular Comprehensive – this is a bundle of tests offered for a full screening!
Rebuilding YOU from the inside out is a great starting point. As mold and mycotoxin illness can be highly complex and individualized, I recommend setting up a free consultation with one of our health coaches who can help determine the best next steps and treatment protocol to help you recover and live your best life.