Mold and Candida

Mold in Your Environment May Be at the Root of Your Digestive Issues

The Toxic Mold & Candida Connection

One of the most frustrating aspects of Candida overgrowth is that it can be very challenging to get rid of. People treating their Candida at home often go on a Candida diet, take antifungal supplements, and see their symptoms disappear, only for them to come back again a few weeks or months later.

When a patient comes to see me who is trapped in this vicious cycle, I immediately investigate mold or mycotoxin exposure as a root cause.

They usually say, “That can’t be it. I haven’t seen any mold in my house”, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there! The right testing often uncovers hidden mold behind their recurrent Candida and other mysterious symptoms.

Mold is a fungus that often thrives in moisture and multiplies through lightweight spores that travel via the air. Candida is also a fungus that is found in small quantities in your mouth, intestines, and skin.

Candida lives in your mouth and digestive system to assist digestion. The good bacteria also live in your gut to help keep Candida levels in check by maintaining a balanced and healthy microbiome.

However, mold exposure compromises your immune system, allowing Candida overgrowth, thus causing a yeast infection.

Candida is a yeast-type of fungus that helps with nutrient absorption and the digestion process. However, abnormal growth of Candida can damage your intestines’ walls and enter your bloodstream, where it starts releasing toxic byproducts into your body, causing leaky gut syndrome. This syndrome causes various health problems, including digestive issues, depression, anxiety, etc.

What is Toxic Mold & Where is It Hiding?

Mold is a natural part of the environment, and most types are not harmful. However, certain strains of mold release gas-like chemicals called mycotoxins that permeate the air and environment.

These toxins cause high levels of systemic inflammation, often with extreme reactivity to certain chemicals and foods. They also adversely affect your mitochondria, the powerhouse of every cell in your body, and drastically impact your energy levels.

Symptoms of toxic mold exposure include:

  • Fatigue, muscle weakness, and joint pain
  • Cognitive impairment, including brain fog, confusion, headaches, and difficulty concentrating
  • Candida overgrowth, food sensitivities, and histamine intolerance
  • Coughing, difficulty breathing, or asthma
  • Skin issues, rashes, eczema, or psoriasis

Many modern homes and buildings are now tightly sealed for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, this creates a breeding ground for mold. The particles are typically too small for the eye to see, often hiding behind walls, inside air vents, furniture, carpets, and clothing. It’s even found in grains, coffee, peanuts, corn, and dried fruit.

One thing to note is that some people are genetically more susceptible to mold than others. It may be that one or a few members of a household are ill while others are unaffected. This can make it very difficult to pinpoint the environment as the problem.

Toxic black mold and candida impacts

Can Mold in Your Home Worsen Candida?

The Center for Disease Control reveals that Penicillium, Alternaria, Cladosporium, and Aspergillus are common indoor molds. Though there might be a small amount of airborne Candida albicans, mold in your home generally does not worsen Candida.

However, mold exposure can weaken your immune system, and chronic mold exposure can often cause you to become more sensitive to fungi and, thus, worsen your reaction to Candida.

Candida overgrowth, especially Candida that won’t go away, manifests as a problem with the immune system. Candida is an opportunistic organism, meaning it will overgrow and increase when it sees an opening.

When your immune system is strong and hardy, it keeps Candida in check. When your immune system is weakened, Candida can flourish and wreak havoc throughout your body.

Mycotoxins have been shown to suppress immune function, which increases Candida and makes it harder to eliminate. Studies have also found they damage the gut endothelial lining, meaning they cause a leaky gut and enable Candida to escape the digestive tract and become a systemic problem.

Learn Your Mold Toxicity Treatment Options

Learn about your treatment options, call a new patient care coordinator at 1-877-736-7180, or schedule a consultation with an integrative wellness physician to learn more about our integrative holistic approach to treating Lyme DiseaseMold Toxicity, & other complex diseases,

The clinic is located at 300 State St E #222, Oldsmar, FL 34677, near the Tampa International Airport (TPA). Environmental-friendly lodging and safe housing are available on-site at the clinic for out-of-state and international patients, as well as select on-site wellness amenities for weekly program patients and their loved ones.

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