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Surprising Facts About Mold: Impact on Vitamin D and Heart Health

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Many come to our office to improve heart health, and most have heard about the importance of Vitamin D (VD3) for wellness. But did you know that mold can affect both cardiovascular health and VD3 levels? As such, we must protect ourselves against mold’s threats to our health.

This reminds me of one of my clients who came to me for help. She had just received bad news from her doctor about her heart, and she was understandably scared. Little did she know mold toxicity was at the root cause of her issues. No one wants to be on the receiving end of a diagnosis, especially that of some form of cardiovascular disease.

Low VD3 increases your risk for developing heart diseases and living or working in a moldy environment worsens this problem. Approximately 1 billion people are deficient in VD3 , and studies have shown that mycotoxins from mold further decrease these levels. VD3 is integral to biological functions that affect every bodily system.

Could mold be affecting you?

Mycotoxins exert profound effects on the human GI tract. Studies found that mice who were deficient in VD3 had higher incidence of pulmonary complications and respiratory infections when exposed to aspergillus, a common mold.

Mycotoxins negatively influence VD3 levels and have been shown to:

  • Inhibit liver enzymes that convert the inactive form of VD3 into its active form by up to 58%.
  • Slow down our detoxification systems and work synergistically with other toxins, which all impact active VD3.
  • Hinder vital metabolic functions that may influence cholesterol synthesis and calcium balance which both impact vitamin D absorption.

Vitamin D’s Importance for Your Heart

Thus, vitamin D3 may prove to be beneficial in improving hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, including heart failure, heart attack, inflammatory conditions to the vascular system, stroke and diabetes.

Natural Solutions

Getting to the source of your health challenges is key. Just because you cannot see mold does not mean it’s not present. Mold can be lurking in the basement, in the drip pan of the HVAC system, in the kitchen under the sink, behind the tile in your bathroom, and numerous other places. It takes just a little water, the right temperature and 24 hours later you have potential mold growth. The proper steps for remediation are critical to your health. You cannot just spray bleach on the mold and walk away. This kills the mold on top but will allow more mold to grow underneath and allow for VOCs such as formaldehyde to be released.

To support your journey back to wellness optimizing your diet using the NHD Paleo Pyramid: mold edition diet is a great place to start. Removing gut irritants and eating the right foods will help enhance your body’s absorption of VD3. If you are going to supplement with VD3, have your levels checked regularly to avoid excessive amounts. Functional health professionals suggest your VD3 levels should optimally be around 60 ng/mL – 80 ng/mL.

If you struggle to get enough Vitamin D from the sun, consider purchasing the Sperti Sunlamp which has proven to raise Vitamin D levels and or supplement with Super D.

Consider testing to see what toxins are trapped in your body that are hindering your levels of VD3. I  recommend the Triple Toxin Panel which looks not only at 31 different mycotoxins but also heavy metals and environmental toxins such as BPA, phthalates, parabens and pesticides that can work synergistically against you.

Remember, if you are concerned about your health and well-being, schedule a FREE call with one of our health coaches and get the guidance you need.

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