Most people think of respiratory problems when they hear they have mold in their homes. But, mold exposure can also wreak havoc on your gut. The Gut Authority team has put together some information to help you see how mold exposure can cause problems with your gut health.
About half of Americans have been exposed to mold and many others aren’t even aware of mold in their homes. While some people have allergies to the mold, it is actually the toxins (called Mycotoxins) produced by mold and Fungus that cause the most damage. For example, we can be exposed to the mycotoxins produced by fungus in some of the foods we eat. Mycotoxins can be found in dairy and grain products as well as in black mold. They can cause chronic inflammation problems with varying symptoms such as:
Mycotoxins can also cause problems with hormonal imbalances, your nervous system, and can even alter your DNA.
It’s actually the mycotoxins found in black mold that can cause many different problems with your gut. Mold exposure can change how your gut functions. The damage in your gut from mold exposure can cause problems all over your body as well.
One of the biggest ways that mold exposure affects your gut health is by changing your gut microbiota. The mycotoxins not only increase harmful bacteria but it also decreases your beneficial bacteria. Mold exposure can also cause a decrease in the levels of short-chain fatty acids that your intestines produce.
This causes poor gut immunity. Mycotoxins have also been found to increase the harmful bacteria found in your gut. These bacteria include Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Listeria.
People that have been exposed to mold also require more antioxidants to combat the damage from “free radicals” found in their gut. Mold exposure stimulates the production of “reactive oxygen” which is known to cause damage to the cells found along your intestinal walls. Antioxidants are needed to combine with these damaging free radicals and minimize their effect
Mycotoxins damage the link that holds the cells in the lining of your intestinal wall together. They also decrease the production of protective mechanisms within your gut and decrease your gut’s ability to remove damaging microorganisms called pathogens. The damage to the links and protective mechanisms can cause you to develop a leaky gut.
Mold exposure can also cause damage to the the villi (little finger like substances) found within your small intestine. These villi are responsible for nutrient absorption. The more damage to your villi, the fewer nutrients your body can absorb, which in turn, will lead to malnutrition.
Mycotoxins can also interfere with the nutrient transporter systems found within your gut. The transporters that are affected are responsible for the absorption of carbohydrates. Over time, this can lead to SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and other problems such as malnutrition and weight loss.
Mycotoxins directly interfere with your body’s production of T-helper cells, which help to regulate immune function. Mold exposure can block your gut’s ability to fight off pathogens and decrease your gut immunity. If you’ve been exposed to mycotoxins then you’ll not only experience more gut infections but your overall health will also suffer.
If you’re experiencing these problems and you’ve been exposed to mold, give The Gut Authority a call. Our team can help heal your gut and get your health back on track. Chat with us today so we can get your appointment scheduled.