Many Candida sufferers look at the mold in their house and connect it directly to their Candida overgrowth. After all, they’re both fungi right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. You see, the mold in your house does not generally contain Candida albicans. According to the Center for Disease Control, “The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternari”. So although there might be a small amount of airborne Candida albicans, the truth is it’s extremely unlikely that you will ‘catch’ Candida from the mold in your house.
However, there is definitely a connection, although it might not be as direct as you thought. In fact, those molds in your house can indeed contribute to a Candida overgrowth in two different ways.
First, the environmental mold weakens your immune system, allowing the Candida colonies in your gut and elsewhere to expand. Exposure to mold (usually by inhaling the spores) triggers an immediate immune response from your body. This often presents itself as fatigue, respiratory problems, inflammation, and many of the regular symptoms that you might associate with seasonal allergies. But chronic, long-term exposure to mold can severely weaken your immune system. And once your immune defenses are compromised, this gives Candida albicans the opportunity to expand through your digestive system.
Second, your body’s response to chronic mold exposure can actually lead you to become even more sensitive to fungi. Developing a mold allergy means that your reaction to the regular Candida toxins is likely to be stronger. And this hyper-sensitivity can weaken your immune system further and cause even more inflammation, particularly if you are already suffering from a Candida overgrowth.
The worst kind of mold is the Stachybotrys genus, often known as “black mold,” which usually grows on the wet surfaces created by faulty plumbing or around your bathroom. This is a particularly serious mold that can have a severe effect on your immune system. Symptoms range from headaches to vomiting, depending on the level of your exposure.
If you suspect that you might have mold in your house, I recommend that you get it checked out right away. You should also make an effort to avoid foods that contain molds. Our Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program provides a list of mold-containing foods like certain nuts that you should avoid. Mushrooms are a little different because they have strongly immune-supportive properties, so they are generally OK to eat.
How To Prevent Mold In Your House
It’s easy to ignore small patches of mold in your bathroom or in the corners of your house, but the reality is that there is probably a much bigger problem that you’re not seeing. That little patch of mold might be the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg,’ signaling a much bigger problem that you can’t see. Mold can accumulate in large quantities behind your walls, and from there the spores that it releases can still reach you inside of your home.
Preventing mold is really all about one thing – preventing moisture from building up in your house. This applies particularly to those areas where water tends to accumulate (for example your basement floors or bathrooms). Here are 5 simple tips that you can follow to prevent moisture build-up in your home.
#1 Do an inspection
The first thing you need to do is conduct a really thorough inspection around your house. You can conduct a preliminary inspection yourself; there’s no need to hire a professional unless you strongly suspect you have a mold problem.
Instead of only looking for obvious patches of mold on the walls, you need to also watch out for the major causes of mold. Here are some of the telltale signs you need to look for:
- Dampness on your carpets
- Water stains on the walls
- Condensation on windows
- Pooled water around the outside of the house
- Discoloration on the outside walls
#2 Repair your gutters
Next up, make sure that your gutters are in great shape. This is absolutely one of the most common causes of mold in a home. The gutters get clogged up, start overflowing, and water starts to enter the house without you even realizing it.
Also make sure that the downspout doesn’t just deposit all that rainwater right next to your home. The purpose of a good gutter system is to get water as far away from the house as possible.
#3 Monitor humidity
It’s a good idea to monitor the humidity in your home regularly. You can do this with a simple moisture meter from your local hardware store. If you live in a wet climate this is a particularly good idea. The EPA recommends keeping moisture inside your home at between 30% and 60%.
#4 Use proper ventilation
If you are noticing high levels of humidity or condensation inside your home, you should consider improving your ventilation. This might be as simple as opening windows to air out the house, but for areas like the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room you might need to install some extra ventilation.
#5 Always clean up your spills
This is a really simple tip that can reduce moisture levels in your house. Make sure that any spills and water leaks are cleaned up quickly. If one of your appliances starts to leak, leaving moisture on the floor creates a breeding ground for mold. The same goes for leaks after heavy rainfall. And when you take a shower, making sure that you close the shower door properly can prevent your bathroom from developing a mold problem.