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Foods to Eat When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body

Mold’s friends and foes

If you’ve just finished reading Foods to Avoid When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body, then you’re probably a little freaked out.  It is a rather extensive list on the foods or drinks you need to be avoiding while experiencing a mold or yeast infection.  Just what can you eat if everything at the store or in your cupboard is fungi’s favorite snack?  Well, the truth is, you’re going to have to get creative. Although, some recognizable and favorite meals will still be safe, there are other options that may not excite your taste buds at first. Whatever the food or ingredient is, give it a chance so that you can starve the fungus right out of your body.

Meals You Can Still Eat (Sort of…)

The good news is you can still enjoy Italian food, the bad news?  You have to enjoy it without pasta, bread, or cheese.  That begs the question: “Then what about it is Italian?!”  Well, not much but you can – and you should! – have garlic, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, basil, and tomatoes!  Why?  Facts are facts and while you can’t eat Italian Italian food, you can still enjoy some of its finer ingredients because they are naturally anti-fungal foods and spices.

How about Mexican food?!  Sounds good, right?  Yes, of course you can have it…  without flour or corn tortillas, taco shells, cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, canned enchilada sauces, or packaged salsa!  “It’s not the same,” you might say.  Sure it is!  You’re still left with beans, tomatoes, fresh jalapenos, home-made salsa, and avocados!  What’s not to love?!

La cuisine Française!  Vous avez un excellent goût!  (Did I say that right?)  French food, yes, yes, oui, oui, you can still have your Boeuf Bourguignon and eat it too… as long as you leave out the red wine and mushrooms.  “Then it’s just beef with onions and garlic!” you say.  Ah, well, c’est la vie!  There’s also French onion soup, sans the cheese, croutons, and caramelized onions.

Alright, so I’m not exactly making you feel any better.  The truth is, fighting mold with whole, natural foods is the best chance you have at sending that fungus packing.  Yes, your diet is limited from the more rich foods, but you are still allowed many tasty alternatives and there’s a reason these safer foods are suggested.

Root Vegetables & Tubers

Ginger:  Like many tubers, ginger is a detoxifier.  She increases circulation, detoxifies the liver, and stimulates the immune system.  She also soothes inflammation of the intestinal tract (a common issue with fungus victims).  What’s not to love about this little lady?  Let’s give her a hand… or better yet, chop her up and eat her!

Radish:  Not many are aware that radishes are considered some of the top mold and yeast annihilators.  In fact, the radish is more like the Godzilla of the anti-fungal world.  In just the past 10 years, scientists have discovered a plant defensin in radishes they named RsAFP2 (catchy, isn’t it?) that destroys mold and yeast on the cellular level.  So far, no fungus they’ve tested has fought RsAFP2 and lived to tell the tale.  This little anti-fungal protein aims its microscopic weapons at fungi cell walls, completely obliterating it.  Moral of this story?  Eat more radishes!

Garlic:  Nothing says “die fungus, die!” like swallowing a mouthful of garlic.  Not only is this solution gentle on your pocket book – as opposed to synthesized pharmaceutical treatments that are both expensive and have delayed results – it can usually bring about changes within just a few hours.  Garlic naturally inhibits the growth of molds and yeasts.  In fact, it contains allyl alcohol, which utterly destroys yeast… like a beast.  Trust me, you need to eat garlic.  Right now.  Go.

Onions:  Like garlic, onions have a detoxifying effect on the body and are highly anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic. Another great thing about onions is that they flush excess fluids from the body.  This is great because a lot of mold and yeast victims suffer from water retention.  Go for the stronger-tasting and most intense-smelling onions – they pack a mightier punch against fungus.

Herbs

Cilantro:  Eat this.  It might help you keep your friends after you’ve eaten the garlic and onions.  Not only will cilantro – also commonly known as Coriander – give you fresher breath, it will protect you from mold and yeast, and reduce the symptoms you experience from infection.  Cilantro is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and it’s especially important to note that for those who have become infected due to an already existing disease (such as diabetes) or illness (low or damaged immune system), this unique little herb has proven to cause insulin-like activity, as well as improve and strengthen the immune system.

Basil:  This sweet-tasting, anti-fungal herb can go in just about any dish.  (It’s an excellent side-kick to garlic, by the way.)  Its potency against mold and yeast increases exponentially when made into an essential oil, but eating it fresh is much more appealing.

Oregano:  Yet another tasty herb whose most common medicinal use today is fighting fungus!  Experts say that oregano (especially as an essential oil) – because of its carvacrol content – is 100 times more potent and effective than the caprylic acid that is usually a regular ingredient for most modern anti-fungal solutions.  And hey, it tastes great too!

Rosemary:  This little goodie doesn’t pack too much of an anti-fungal punch but she will take care of the symptoms associated with mold and yeast infections.  It couldn’t hurt to throw her into the pot as well!

Thyme:  Pronounced as “time” not “thime” (sorry, major pet-peeve for me) this is your buddy against mold infections that affect the lungs.  Best as an essential oil, but yummy and effective as a seasoning, thyme – like oregano – has large amounts of anti-fungal properties, such as carvacrol, and is one of your greatest allies in the fight against mold or yeast infections.

Black Walnut:  It’s not the walnut itself but the the bark and husk that is ground down and used for natural healing.  The active ingredient in black walnut is juglone and it has been known to act as swiftly and as strongly as most over-the-counter anti-fungal remedies, if not better.  Juglone is not only anti-fungal but anti-biotic as well.  The other fungus fighting ingredients are called tannins and they are fungus murderers.  Black walnut is so potent, in fact, that it doesn’t play nicely with other plants.

Pau d’Arco:  Another tree bark derivative, pau d’arco helps loosen the bowels (not uh-oh, whoops! – more like ah, that’s better) which is very beneficial to victims of fungus.  It also is intensely anti-fungal. It contains lapachol, which has been shown to inhibit (stop or slow) the growth of mold and yeast.  Get some Pau d’Arco tea and drink up!

Spices

Cinnamon:  It should really be called cinnassin because it is a mold and yeast assassin!  Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, an extremely potent antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant agent.  Cinnamaldehyde – I’m seriously not making that title up – has been proven to attack and obliterate mold and yeast infections.  That’s right, folks.  Sprinkle as much of this little hero as you want!

Cloves:  Like Rosemary, cloves may not be your anti-fungal hero, per se, but they will do some hefty damage to the side-effect symptoms you’re experiencing.  Cloves are antioxidant and antiseptic.  Just be sure not to give any to your pets or place it on thier skin because it can be very toxic to them.

Cayenne Pepper:  Naturally supporting the digestive and immune system, cayenne pepper aids in food digestion, reduces constipation by cleansing the bowels of mold, yeast, and other toxins, and it increases metabolism and circulation which is definitely a plus since most victims constantly feel fatigued.  Repeat after me:  “Cayenne Pepper is my friend!”

Turmeric, Allspice, or Sage:  Although more research needs to be done, many claim that these three spices are an excellent source for natural anti-fungal battling, especially if used topically or infused into teas.  (I know, I know… let’s move on to the more vicious, fungus-killing foods!)

Oils

Coconut Oil:  This baby is the crème de la crème of anti-fungal oils.  Its lauric and caprylic acids that kill off most molds and yeasts and also boost the immune system.  Coconut oil is also one of the most versatile oils and anti-fungal solutions out there.  Not only can you rub it on affected areas of the skin or just use it as a daily lotion, you can cook and bake with it (it’s a very stable oil for most temperatures), use it in your hair as a conditioner, eat it plain, or use it for oil-pulling (a trending method these days that involves swishing a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out, which helps removes toxins and bacteria from the body).

Olive Oil:  Within this gem of antiquity and modern-day cooking and healing is contained a plant chemical named Oleuropein (all-your-pee-in…  sounds nice, doesn’t?).  This chemical has powerful anti-fungal properties and has proven to stimulate the immune system specifically in response to mold or yeast issues.  Another important note:  Olive oil helps stabilize blood sugars, which is incredibly important in stopping mold and yeast growths because they thrive in high-sugar conditions.

Greens & Legumes

Green Leafy Vegetables (of all kinds):  Lettuce be frank with you, you’re not always going to be excited for a salad but the truth is, incorporating lettuce and other greens such as spinach and cabbage are going to help you not only expel toxins through the intestines, but also cleanse the rest of your body and help the other anti-fungal foods you eat, work their magic.  Like all plants, greens are naturally anti-fungal and while they may not be as intense at it like radishes or garlic, they most-certainly make a difference.

Dried or Frozen Legumes:  Beans, beans, the musical fruit!  The more you eat the more you… fight off that fungal brute?  Actually, even though beans are anti-fungal, you will need to eat them in moderation (at least until your infection is cleared up).  Don’t overdo it , for your sake – healthfully and… uh, socially.  Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), red lentils, organic soybeans, split peas, and black-eyed peas – these are just a few of the legumes you can safely consume right now.  High fiber, high protein is what you’re aiming for but remember, not daily and not over-portioned.

Nuts & Seeds

Safe nuts and seeds to consume:  Brazillian nuts, hazelnut (no, not Nutella spread!), almonds, cashews, Macadamia nuts, flax seed, coconut meat, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, poppy seeds, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds.  While all vegetation contain some form and degree of anti-fungal properties, not all are associated directly with the destruction of fungus.  These nuts and seeds are more or less on neutral ground and are safe to consume while on a strict mold-fighting diet.

Gluten-Free Grains

Safe Breads & “Cereals”:  (ONLY GLUTEN-FREE VERSIONS) of millet, oat bran, buckwheat, and quinoa (and most of their products like crackers and flour) are high fiber and help move and pull toxins out of your body.  Go ahead, indulge a little.

Vegetables in General

As stated earlier, all plants are anti-fungal to some degree, so it is imperative that – for the time-being, until you have healed – you eat a mostly-vegetarian diet.  The best vegetables for mold and yeast victims are (alphabetically listed for you A-types out there):

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic (raw)
  • Kale
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

These vegetables are non-starch, which means that they do not turn into the sugary goodness that mold and yeast thrive off of when digested by your stomach.  Essentially, by eating mostly these vegetables, you will be starving the fungus right out of your body.  Don’t feel bad, mold would do the same thing to you.

Meat

Keep meat-eating to a minimum.  Fungus eats heavily on rotting flesh, so try not to make a cemetary out of your stomach.  If you must devour things that once had families, mothers, and faces, then steer clear of anything processed or non-organic.  No lunch meat, spam, bacon, smoked meats, or meats contained in vacuum-sealed containers (these all contain dextrose, nitrates, sulfates and sugars which happily feed fungus).  Stick to organic chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, and only certain kinds of fish like salmon (but be sure to buy the fish fresh).

Conclusion

All of these foods listed are just a small glimpse of the overall safe and fungus-fighting edible options you have.  There are plenty more.  The key is to starve out the fungus – give it nothing to metabolize and aid in its growth.  If you’re curious about which foods to avoid, please check out Foods to Avoid When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body

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40 thoughts on “Foods to Eat When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body

  1. Nina,

    I’m sending you an email, telling you a little about my battle with mold and the very happy ending that my story has. Thank you Brian and Krystle for this blog.

  2. Probably the best action to take right now is to test your home for what type of mold you are dealing with. You can do with with at-home test kits at Home Depot or that you send into a laboratory, but I would recommend getting it tested by a professional. I would wash all fabrics with tea tree oil and then with some vinegar in the rinse cycle. Whether or not you may have to get rid of your furniture would depend on the type of mold and what you are dealing with. For the yeast in your body I would look into diets for mold and candida. This can help your body fight the fungus/yeast. Also, incorporate radishes and essential oils. Hopefully that helps. Also, if you want to post your story with mold to the “story” page on MoldBlogger I will post it to help get you more information to solve your mold problems.

  3. Small amounts of brown rice are approved for an anti-candida (aka anti-fungal) diet. I would think that would apply to yeast and molds as well..

  4. My sister is soo ill w/high rate of MOLD! I’ve gotten so much help here concerning herbs that she can use to fight the mold and candidas in her body.

    Thanks so much!! Will be looking for follow ups and will keep you posted w/ her condition if you want me to.

  5. GREAT list!! Just what I was looking for! And I have a ton of essential oils that I can use as well!

  6. Real informative and mind blowing…just found out I’m allergic to any food with mold content…i,m suspecting there is mold in my body…my symptoms tell the story…thank you for the information..

  7. I just found out last week the source of the rheumatoid arthritis I’ve been experiencing for about 10 years: systemic mold infection. The naturopath recommended low carbs, lots of healthy fats and proteins (oh boy, he mentioned to have a lot of grass fed-organic butter, bison, elk, organs, wild fish, RAW eggs etc., healthy oils) and vegetables; no fruits at all (very hard to avoid these!); no legumes, no grains, no dairies; essential oils and herbs (great post by the way for listing lots of these!). So basically a very restrictive paleo diet. I’m looking to buy a recipe book, do any of you know if this will work? “The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness” Do any of you have other recommendations for a cook book?

  8. Hi everyone I’m in desperate need I’ve been exspose to several molds/fungus & bacteria do to a very unclean humidefer… I’m so scared and lost.. With severe symptoms.. That started off in Jan with shortness of breath that has been constant … Within these few months I’ve been having severe whole body pain .. More so in the morning.. I’ve lost around 45 pounds throat constantly hurts stomach pain very very constipated with blurry vision … My family thinks I’m crazy and just depressed… But God please forgive them .. I been to more docs and specialist than I can fathom.. One ent did a nose swab and sent it off which came back as 4 different fungal growths and several diff bacteria…. But had no answer on what to dew … I’m in dire need of help I am a farther of 8 children and it hurts me to look at them now (not knowing if I will leave them soon)… Please if u have any helpful advise or more so similar experience please reply…. I really feel like I’m fading away …..

  9. Hello Randy I was just reading your post, and a thought came to me If you still have the list of your molds, see if there is someone willing to help you research each type of mold,and then what will kill that naturally,I would get an inhaler untill you can recover, and have a professional check your house for mold then see what needs to be done about your living area. I would also do the above with the natural diet listed on this page. I just had some garlic and its already working ate a few cloves. also olive oil, will stableize its growth, and cinnamon will kill it, you can also mix the cinnomom and olive oil, the garlic will open up your chest and help you breath its working for me,just follow this page it would be your best bet besides the reasearch,and do it that way,im so sorry yo hear about your condition. This is the only thing that came to me God bless.

  10. Randy, I feel led to comment also. Our family of 4 almost died from mold. We were helpless and prayed all day and night for years. Doctors didn’t help, but a holistic doctor saved our lives. If there is mold in home, take your children and leave. Also leave your furniture and fabrics. You will be very sensitive to the mold in your home. You need good air to heal from every symptom. I will say a prayer for you. We ate the diet for years, but until we were in good air, did we finally start to heal.

  11. I m irtisha 24yr old guy..i m a patient of abpa aspergillus broncho pulmonory allergy its fungus in lungs can u help me to get out it…now i m having ayurvedic and homeopathy medicine and also eat one or two raw garlic cloves in the morning before brkfast from last 4 days.tell me the best to get out of it asap.

  12. i feel inclined to comment to randy as well, i was having the same problems, I’m a mother of two and felt exactly like you did, like I was fading away and about to die, and I was worried for the same reasons, not being around for my kids. I would feel out of breath, dizzy, have terrible headaches, almost pass out, my legs would give out, i’d feel in a dream like state and as if i was about to die. I even had to call 911 at one point because I was at the point where I really felt I was about to stop breathing all together. I also was having throat and tonsil problems. I went to several doctors and was told many different things …. allergies, tonsilitis, anxiety even, and I went to an ent who suggested allergies as well. Antibiotics didn’t work, allergy medicines didn’t work, everything they suggested seemed to worsen my symptoms. The house I was in had mold, and even though it wasn’t something I wanted to do, I had to abruptly leave and throw away practically everything I owned. I went and stayed with family for a couple of months since it was a sudden decision, and I was at the point where I could barely function, could barely work, etc. It took a little while but once I was away from the mold, I started to feel much better. It’s been 2 years since this has gone on and 1 year since I have moved out of the house, I noticed I still had the tonsil problems and they have progressively worsened, which is how I came upon this article. It is obvious to me that even a year later the mold is still in my body, and according to the foods you are not supposed to eat, I’ve obviously been feeding it. I get headaches now and then, i get dizzy now and then and a little out of breath, heart palpitations here and there, but nothing like what i experienced living in that house. I am going to start this diet now to get rid of it for good, but I would highly highly suggest you move out of the house you are in before something worse happens to you. And I also highly suggest getting rid of most of your things and/or sanitizing what you want to keep with mold killing disinfectant. Once I left the house, some of my belongings were in my truck. I had to pull over one day driving because I was dizzy and out of breath again, I realized the belongings from the home were still in my truck and I threw them away. Long exposure to mold sensitizes you, and even being near it can cause an attack (in some cases). It may take about a month of being out of your home to feel better, but you won’t start feeling better until you’re away from the mold. Good luck! and I hope you’re able to get yourself better

  13. For a few years I have progressively gotten sicker with most all symptoms you all have listed. I also went thru a time when I could not breath very well. I figure I was exposed to mold and fungus spores thru mowing leaves in the fall without mask and raking hay for sheep. I just wanted to share a few things that has helped me, however still not 100%.I believe lots of herbs that help, loose that ability over time if used for too long a time so combinations need to be changed every few days. I would only take 2-3 per day and not taken altogether. 1)Pau D’Arco-this helped but I felt it was hard on liver so took with caution and not long time 2) vita cost candida yeast management-taken 2 hours before breakfast- really helped with clearing my head and getting me out of the fog 3)(nutribiotic) grapefruit seed extract 125mg. -this is exceptional and also helps for early symptoms of viral infections. I’m not sure one should take for extended period of time. It might work against gut flora. I normally take for few days and and move on to something else 4) eclectic stinging nettle is best if can not breathe but the cheaper natures way nettle works also just not as well (this is not taken as antifungal but helps open airways) 5)oil oregano P73 behind ears at night or drop on tongue great for nasal or throat problems 6) natures way Echinacea astragalus and reishi – this is all in one capsule this helps with nose throat symptoms. I am always cautious when taking new things anyone could have allergy especially to nettle. If you decide to take any of these please introduce one at a time to make sure you are not allergic and read all precautions, also should not take Echinacea for more than a couple weeks at a time. The PauDarco seems to very hard on liver so I never take for very long . I have always purchased products online at vitacost-very fair price and good potency. The drug store and Walmart version do not seem to work as well. There are other products such as garlic and caprylic acid and I’m sure you already have a cabinet full of products that help. I just thought I would share those things that has really made a differnece. I know this should not be an afterthought but prayer has helped me the most. God bless

  14. People need to be very careful about what homeopathic doctors are telling them. Many are just out to make money. I get essential oils and diet changes work for some, but in most cases, it’s a marketing scheme that people throw their money at hoping for a quick fix. In many cases with mold illness and/or adrenal fatigue, I hear people exposing themselves to crazy diets and changes. What people need to also consider is mental health issues. DON’T OVERLOOK THIS. Many of these symptoms: can’t breathe, feeling like you will die, anxiety are actually panic attacks. It’s very important you see a mental health counselor to work through any life challenges you are facing. For some, you might be experiencing a loss, others, a change in stage of life that is triggering these issues. Please, please don’t get sucked into these fake diseases and poor all your money into them. I have seen what it does to someone first hand, and it’s not pretty. I just don’t like that homeopathic doctors are taking advantage of people and their money.

  15. Doctors knew what was wrong with me but would not admit it. Different questions my primary doctor asked gave me the hints of what was wrong … One question asked was do you have a good air purifier? They kept telling me I was a mystery and had I been a mystery I would been under quarenteen. Last January of 2015 one doctor told me there was nothing they could do for me so I went home to die. I deceided to become my own doctor and nurse and took to surfing the Internet which I bought the book called “Mold, the War Within”. If it wasn’t for that book and another called “Black Mold”, my own common sense and the list my son gave me on how to Alkalize my body along with a lovely 84 year old lady across the road from me, I may not be here today.
    I learned to alkalize my body by starving the mold. I drank carrot juice and used carrot juice instead of water to make my cream of rice cereal. I also drank distilled water with lots of lemons which really made a big difference. Sir… I was so bad off that my feet grew from my size 7 1/2 to a size 12. My feet felt like my toes were being held on by painful rubber bands and the streaching around my ankles was awful. My hands were also in bad shape. I could not close my hands to make a fist and so weak I had trouble lifting a fork, My knee’s would not bend as fluid built up behind them, Hurt to stand, hard to lift my arms which took a lot of concentration, It seemed as if the fungus did its activity at night time … Found that leaving the light on and having the tv on helped, When I had it dark, pain was a lot worse. I lived near a land fill north of my farm and fracking over the hill to the south of me in PA. I often felt as if someone purposely exposed me to this awful slow death which hurt my feelings because I would never dream of hurting them.
    My neighbor (age 84) walked on ice and through snow to get food I requested to me, She was one of my biggest life savers. One snow storm after another came through NY this past winter and her courage overcame what danger she exposed herself because she did not want anything to happen to me.
    I was almost constantly spitting up a strange mucus … Fungus came up and out of my mouth like a white thick strands … Thin wormy looking. I wore a surgical mask that covered under my nose and over my mouth at night. This saved me from sleeping with my mouth open that would expose me to impurities in the air. My neighbor Ms. Betty loaned me a potty that I had to place next to my bed, I had trouble making it to the bathroom and the fungus was being rinced out of my body that way. You have no idea how much pain I indured!
    When you are fighting fungus, the more pain is gain when it leaves the body, It latches on to cells and to pry it loose is painful. I think at that point that the more pain, the more gain.
    With the months of carrot juice, distilled water and lemons, my feet finally returned to a size 7 1/2. My joints are getting stronger with that and the stretching exercises I do each day. I can close my fists but still not tightly. Plates out of the dishwasher don’t weight a ton any longer. I still have a little soreness and tightness but so much better as if I have a chance to be myself again.
    I am counting on what I have written here to help someone out there if possible by doing what I a doing that take so long to get well.
    I was informed that they use this sort of thing for chemical warfare. Anyone who would cause this to anyone will suffer themselves in the end as I had an out of body experience one time in 1980 and found that those who do may very well suffer themselves this said fate in the afterlife 100 times over unless they see the wisdom of doing good to others and never harm anyone again.
    Most fondly,
    Counselor Counselet

  16. I’ve experienced 21 symptoms personally may-be even more, and visited the doctor offices, emergency rooms too often with no help. If you want to hear my story and be inspired, please email me at carnellharbin1993@gmail.com. No gimmick, I am extremely empathetic and sympathetic regarding this particular situation; simply because most people aren’t educated on toxic molds including doctors, friends, and opinionated individuals who’ve never encountered black mole or moles of any kind. Or they weren’t effected, simply because everyone has different body reactions.

  17. Question: coconut butter, is it safe to eat on mold detox diet? I see coconut meat and coconut oil as long as its cold pressed. Trying to find info on coconut butter. Thanks.

  18. Thank you so much for this site, at 59 I never ever thought I would have been exposed to black mold that had to be scraped off the walls in my work place (janitors room) once I had gotten sick. I had experienced like head stuffiness and twice I almost lost my balance once when I was just standing there and once sitting in a chair like I almost blacked out, but torward the end of January at work I had gotten sick I started coughing wanting to throw up and experienced a bad headache, I pushed the equipment back in the janitors room and knocked over boxes and immediately say all this black mold in which I took pictures of. Once I had gotten home the symptoms continually gotten worse with wanting to puke, and then my sinuses were running then stuffy and the headaches were above my eyebrows and below my eyes. And now my lips on the inside feel swollen and they feel like they are burning and always a strange taste in my mouth. The next day I went to the emergency room diagnosed with acute sinusitus and my last visit this past tuesday still had it. I have to go back this comming tuesaday hopefully they will direct me to a allergist, I informed them of my exposure to black mold but with my insurance they have to take one step at a time. Please excuse my mispelled words but just wanted people to know that blogs like this really help to the victims of mold exposure at no fault of there own..such as my case I would have never worked for a company that allowed there employees to be exposed to black mold and at 59 whos last doctors visit of any sorts was in 2007…tried to keep my self healthy…only to suffer from this…thank you again for this blog.

  19. Like Randy G. I too was exposed to mildew, mold,or fungi through a machine. My oxygen machine. I have pulmonary hyper tension and was needing to just use my oxygen machine at night. I didnt like the noise from the machine so i kept it in the bathroom in my bedroom. I didn’t realize the the moisture in the bathroom would eventually cause fungi or mold in the machine. I started getting sick in october. I kept going to my lung doctor, my primary care physician and even two times to the ER. Between the three I was put on 4 different antibiotics , steriods, breathing treatments ect. I kept telling family members that even with all the antibiotics, I was still coughing up, and I tasted an infection or something. My nose was stopped up and was bleeding. I was getting worse. I went from using oxygen only at night to having to use it 24/7. I was able to breath fresh oxygen when I was driving and away from my tank at home. Then in february my daughter stopped by and went into my bathroom and told me that my tank smelled like meldew. We checked the tank and it hadn’t been serviced for three years. I knew it had been a while. I feel like an idiot , but time had just flown by. So now I’m trying to starve the fungi out of my body by eating fresh organic vegtables, lean meat and slowly teaching myself what foods I can eat and what foods I need to avoid. I’m not as sick now but I’m still on oxygen 24/7 and I’m not sure if I will ever be able to go back to just using oxygen again at night. Just wanted to share my story so someone else might not make the same mistake

  20. Randy I feel your pain,everyone thought I was having anxiety issues and the doctors kept sending me home because they had no idea what was wrong with me,I had to diagnose myself. I was fainting,body numbness,, hallucinations, slurred speech, and I couldn’t remember anything. It was the scariest thing ever. I took things into my own hands and though I’m still healing I feel 100 times better. First get yourself the following supplements, zinc,vitamin e,beta carotene, goldenseal, b 12,ginger root, vitamin d,fish oil,enechinacea, cranberry, and probiotics. Start taking them immediately and drink north but water,nothing with sugar in it. Start eating fresh raw spinach, celery,carrots and beets. Any green veggies are fine as long as they are raw not cooked. Do this for a few days and then try adding fresh beans and fresh fish like salmon and tuna to your diet but over do it. Just a little for protein. Get in touch with an acupuncture clenic for an appointment for cleansing. after a few days on the supplements and spinach diet you should start feeling better. it will take a while but this will get you back to where you feel semi normal again and go from there with acupuncture.

  21. What about fruits? I am a vegan and was just mailed my results from my recent allergy testing and I am severely allergic to Aspergillus Niger and moderately allergic to Penicillium Notatum. They suggested the mold elimination diet, but it seems to focus a lot on meats. This list you’ve got going here is great, but cannot I not have fruit? I saw on your “what you can’t eat” the dried fruits but maybe I missed something. Is raw vegan diet a good idea for this issue? What about brown rice and quinoa. I will need to increase my intake of nuts. I’m very worried about not eating enough with this new diet.

  22. I was wondering the same thing as Alice. I found this site helpful: http://www.knowthecause.com/index.php/contributor-blog/22-diet/286-vegan-and-vegetarian-phase-1-compatible
    It talks about the Kaufmann Phase 1 and Phase 2 diet and how they are vegan and vegetarian friendly. Phase 1 allows avocado, coconut, green apples, most fresh berries, and some others.

    Thank you for this blog and the posts on foods to avoid and what to eat!! The explanations are very helpful, so glad I found this – gives me hope that I will recover!!

  23. This may rush the healing … I crush garlic and strong onion in a quart canning jar of cold distilled water. The juices of each as I drink seem to make an unhappy fungus. I don’t like onions nor garlic but find using a skinny straw towards the back of my mouth works well with me.

    I still fight fungus that is inside my feet, up my legs just beyond my knees, my shoulders, arms, fingers, across between my shoulder blades, up the back of my neck, head and around my neck. All tests done says I am extremely healthy except from the fluid this fungus has created. Pain is my middle name since August 2014. This healing drink has been used just this past month and I am getting results…. I am getting a little painless sleep now.

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  26. I need help. I don’t know what I can eat and have read every list I can find online. I have celiac disease and have apparently had it lifelong. I have pernicious anemia from mycotoxins and celiac disease creating an autoimmune effect and not allowing my body to absorb vitamins for a very long time. I am 34 and have been to so many doctors and specialists that didn’t know what was wrong, my entire life. I could write a book here but I just want help. Nobody seems to know anything about long term untreated celiacs and mycotoxins. I can’t even trust the b12 injections don’t have mold in them. I can’t drink my well water. I shouldn’t even live in my old farmhouse or be around hay or straw ever. Everything in my life has just been yanked out from under me. I’m guessing I will probably die from this and my symptoms are serious at this point. I have never even had red meat in my life but if I can find an only grass fed animal with no contact with corn or other mycotoxins, that sounds like the only thing I can eat. :'( And only extremely fresh. And not over cooked. Wtf. I’m lost and very sick and very hungry. All of these sites and lists are contradictory. Because I am severely malnourished and immuno compromised, I have to take this very seriously. I can’t have ANY mold, or ANY gluten. No corn, no grain, no dairy, no sugar, nothing fermented or with any possible trace of mold. I run an emergency rescue and this is show stopping. If anyone has any real 100% fact based resources, please let me know.

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  28. I have been suffering with body pain, breathing, exhaustion, anxiety, etc and finally concluded, after blood tests that I have a problem with mold. Felt fine when I was away. Drs tell me I’m the picture of health?? On a whim i completely took apart my dishwasher drain and interior vent. Guess what….just loaded with mold. Thoroughly cleaned it with scrubbing, vinegar, and then baking soda. Hopping for the best.

  29. Am allergic to meat bread and spices and I ve got yeast infection and I dont know which food to eat for breakfast lunch and supper please help

  30. Hi! I was looking for remedies to cure mold issues. My question is can mold in the home cause Alzheimers? My Husband was a repair man and knocked down plenty of walls with mold. now he has memory problems and confusion he has had many tests done to see what is the cause of his health issue. We live in an Housing Complex that has many of mold issues. I hope you can help. also what can I give him to help him heal. Thank you

  31. Ditto on symptoms, feels like my death bed. HIGHLY allergic to mold & yeast. Tried diet and other ideas on this site, which improved symptoms a little but all came back quickly. Eating cinnamon daily but need something MUCH stronger to take on a daily or hourly basis. Actually hoping for death most days…PLEASE HELP!!!

  32. If someone has been contaminated to mold can it b passed to me? Also how do u wash clothes that were in the area where mold was? Can they b cleaned or do they need to b thrown away?

  33. I think you can keep your clothing if you wash them long on hot allergen cycle with boric acid.

    2 cycles then add fabric softener and they should be okay. Boraic acid is a laundry additive fairly toxic to molds. Collidal Silver Is also toxic to molds and a cheap generator can be bought on amazon for about 50 something bucks. You can make a large batch of antimicrobial silver water-Soak the clothing then Borax the heck out of it. Between those 2 treatments there shouldn’t be much left after that.

    Ozone can damage some fabrics but if one has a small home ozone generator -Good for Ozone treatments to help rid produce of mold. You can put the clothing in a bag after dry and on a short light cycle ozone it. Keep in mind over exposure might damage the fabrics but after these 3 things there shouldn’t be any living mold left. Its prob overkill but XD When we move its what were going to do!

  34. Katie, happened on your post. Perhaps I can share some info for you. I have Celiac Sprue. Fortunately discovered that 30+ years ago. Read labels and eliminate gluten from your diet. Learn what grains contain gluten. We all should cut down grains in out diet anyway. Your digestive system is very likely messed up badly especially if you have had it for years and didn’t know it. Celiac Sprue is the leading cause of malnutrition in children. I discovered my spastic colitis was a direct reaction of my body to consuming gluten. My body could not deal with gluten (especially pizzas) so whatever was in my system was expelled from my digestive system very quickly thus the spastic colitis. So eliminate gluten products. Step two is be real kind to your digestive system until it heals. look up healing foods. Been awhile since I did that but eat things that are easier to digest.
    Rice does not contain gluten however, it is suspected that rice products contain high levels of possible of other bad things like metals. Look that up.

    Build up your immune system. Your digestive system is the foundation of your immune system. Messed up digestion means messed up immune system. Plus like you said you are not getting proper nutrition from your food and probably haven’t been. Worse your immune system can’t fight the mold and other threats if it is compromised. Get some potent, (“Good Manufacturing Practice” quality) supplements to access nutrients your body needs to heal and be healthy. I read that higher intake of Vit D3 is important. It take 5K units a day.

    Also, I was fortunate to find a local MD to help me with my Mold sensitivity. She told me that people with Gluten issues tend to also be sensitive to mold. She has me on a detox regime. Said that it is the toxins given off by the mold that are bad news to your body and to remove those otherwise your liver recycles them. And that I need to detox the rest of my life. There are ways to make your body less habitable for mold like cutting out sugars and carbs. If your environment has mold you need to fix that to cut the exposure down. When I get re-exposed my detox starts from zero again.

    You can work your way out of this. Eliminate gluten, know where it is and stop consuming those products. Our bodies do not need grains to survive. Our species did not prosper from eating grains. In fact the ex-Head of the FDA has a book out that said when our ancestors started eating grains it set us back and we are only now getting on the other side of that. Look up how to detox your body. Nothing I take is prescription, all over the counter, as recommended by my MD. I know it all looks up hill from here but don’t give up. Knowledge is power.

    I concur, what is the truth? Sad that these two particular issues are not common knowledge in the medical profession. My MD told me mold and environmental illnesses are a silent epidemic. People are suffering and when they go to a Doctor, they get their symptoms treated. Like putting some tape over the flashing red light on the dashboard of your car. The problem is not addressed, only the symptoms are treated. She told me every Doctor in the US has patients dealing with environmental issues but sadly the cause is not recognized as such and therefore not treated.

    Best to you

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