Fungi produce mold, or myotoxins, that can occur internally from certain ingested foods through the process of digestion. Molds are used for fermentation in beers and wines as well as in the production of cheeses and salamis. Myotoxins can cause respiratory ailments, allergies, sinusitis, headaches, dizziness and rashes in certain individuals. Mold in the digestive system is of particular concern for the elderly, children and people with suppressed immune systems.
Diets high in fermented foods such as cheeses, bread or beer and those high in sugars, including fruits, fats and oils increase internal fungal growth, according to the website Healing Cancer Naturally. If you are having symptoms typical of allergies and respiratory ailments, eliminating these types of food from your diet may help to alleviate these symptoms.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions, sources of manganese, B6, flavonoids and Vitamin C, are said to retard virus, yeast and ferments growth, explains the Whole Body Detox Diet website. According to the website, "Garlic is well-known as a healing food and a powerful medicine. It is considered a natural anti-biotic as it contains allicin which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal." Garlic and onions can be added to many dishes to enhance flavor and stave off symptoms of mold allergies.
Other Foods for Combating Mold
Increasing intake of other foods that act as anti-fungals, in addition to onions and garlic, can aid your body in beginning to detox from mold. Other foods include shallots, leeks, green vegetables, soy products, and fish.
The Role of Fiber
According to the Healing Cancer Naturally website , the toxic levels of fungi can be reduced by increasing fiber in your diet. One way to accomplish this is to increase the amounts of vegetables that you eat daily. The website also maintains that while fruit is a source of fiber, limiting intake of fruit is recommended as the high sugar levels in fruit stimulate fungal growth.
As a supplemental support to dietary changes, consider using grapeseed oil which, according to the On Planet Earth website, has multiple internal usages including addressing parasitic, viral, fungal and bacterial infections, as well as sinusitis.
The Aim 4 Health website recommends adding an herb tea to your diet to help fight symptoms of mold. For expectorating mucous, comfrey, garlic, licorice root and mullein are recommended. For eliminating mucous, consider the following: comfrey, garlic, Irish moss, and marshmallow. Finally, to detoxify the liver, the following herbs can be helpful: milk thistle, licorice root and cascara sagrada.
The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only. For any health condition or symptoms, please contact your physician or other health care professional.