As leaves begin to fall, mold is on the rise. In the beautiful piles of autumn leaves, mold can be hiding, ready to trigger sensitivities. Mold spores can be present in your environment and even find their way into your home, creating mold hotspots that impact your health.
Mold is a structure that certain fungi form due to the development of spores that contain fungal secondary metabolites. A substance that is produced by fungi is mycotoxins, which are toxic to the body and impact intestinal integrity and the gut microbiome. This can be found in mold-heavy foods like grapes, peanuts, and fermented foods.
Exposure and inhalation of mold spores are at the highest risk in the fall. It can cause memory issues and increases anxiety. Many of us may be suffering from mold allergies and are unaware. Symptoms such as fatigue, sore throat, skin rashes, body aches, and breathing problems are attributed to mold exposure. For those with autoimmune dynamics and asthma, mold can cause flare-ups, immune suppression, and even reactivate viruses and bacterial infections.
Furthermore, mold can cause shifts in mental health, including anxiety and depression, hormone health, and gut health. Therefore, knowing which foods to avoid to prevent these health effects is essential.
Here is a list of mold-heavy foods that I recommend staying away from during the fall:
- Green Beans
- Brazil Nuts
- Black tea
- Blue Cheese
Steps to Take
To fight the mold culprit:
- Listen to your body and make a list of your symptoms.
- Cut out mold-heavy foods, such as the ones listed above. People with sensitivities should cut out mold-heavy foods until the first frost.
- Listen to your body to gauge energy, skin, and gut improvements once these foods have been removed from your diet.
With this knowledge, you can avoid consuming mycotoxins and protect yourself from shifts in mental health, hormone health, and gut health, as well as prevent other health issues from developing further.
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