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Mold Toxicity and Infrared Sauna Bathing: Can Infrared Saunas Help Reduce The Damage From Exposure To Mold Toxicity

Exposure to toxic levels of mold affects several million Americans every year, many of whom are not even aware of the poison they have been inhaling. Years of exposure to mold can potentially be lethal if it is not eradicated from the home or business where it abides. Prolonged exposure to mold may lead to autoimmune disorders as well as a variety of other more serious and complex disorders. 

Often, the symptoms of mold exposure may be vague and subtle and may not necessarily point to both the invisible and silent killer – Mold. The good news is that if you have been exposed to mold there is a viable and effective treatment method, to not only get the mold out of your system, but also to build up the depleted cellular composition of the body. Medical professionals can help you through a variety of testing modes.

Regular infrared sauna bathing not only helps to powerfully detoxify the body, but also aids in the re-building of a healthy mitochondrial metabolism necessary for anyone suffering from auto-immune type of symptoms. This also enables the necessary recovery for the autonomic nervous system after years of living with mold. 

Mold Statistics And Facts

From the Real Time Lab, here are the statistical facts surrounding mold in the United States. Many individuals suffer from illnesses with no known cause, but perhaps more underlying health conditions can be linked back to mold exposure.

  • 7 million deaths per year are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution. (World Health Organization, 2014) Mold may be hard to find – but it can have a deadly impact on your health!  (1)
  • Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. (EPA and Berkeley National Laboratory, 2007) Many people forget that mold can contribute to other respiratory illnesses like Asthma (1)
  • At least 45 million buildings in the United States have unhealthy levels of mold. (Moldy, 2017) Your home or office might be the cause of your health problems – mold can remain hidden behind wall, in the ceiling and under carpet for years (1)
  • Infants who are exposed to mold in their living environments have nearly a 3X greater risk of becoming asthmatic than those who did not have extensive mold exposure in their first year of life. (Michael Pinto, 2018) Mold can cause serious respiratory health issues, especially in young children who are more affected during their early years (1)
  • 93% of chronic sinus infections have been attributed to mold. (Mayo Clinic, 1999) Suffer from chronic sinus problems – it might be mold instead of another cause like allergies (1)
  • [Mycotoxins] can spread and affect the immune system severely. These lead to health conditions like allergies, hypersensitivity, respiratory problems (asthma, wheezing, coughing); and some other severe ones like those of memory loss, depression, anxiety and reproductive problems among several others. (Rujuta Borkar, 2018) Mold can impact more than just the respiratory system – it can even cause serious psychological issues like memory loss and depression (1)

Ongoing exposure to mold can lead to mild or serious conditions and must be treated in a holistic way to heal fully from the exposure. One effective and easy tool to use is infrared saunas.

How Does Regular Infrared Sauna Bathing Aid In The Recovery From Mold Exposure?

Regular Sauna Bathing Aids In The Detoxification Of The Body, Including From The Harmful Pathogens Produced By Mold

Among many of the benefits of any kind of heat therapy, including infrared sauna bathing, is its ability to detoxify the body from harmful substances, and relieve the liver and kidneys from a heavy workload. Most individuals alive today have some type of build up of toxic substances from heavy metals, chemicals, air pollution, and sometimes mold. This means that the organs responsible for cleansing the body of the unwanted substances are working on overdrive to rid the body of toxins.

Ultimately, this weakens both the kidneys, liver, and entire glandular system; When this occurs the individual will experience symptoms of extreme fatigue, mood fluctuations, abnormal menstruation, difficulty sleeping, and many other tangible effects. The truly marvelous attribute of regular sauna bathing is that rather than relying solely on the internal organs to detoxify the body, the largest organ, the epidermis is put to use as a means of extracting toxicity from the body through perspiration. 

A study released from the Mayo clinic reports the following on regular sauna bathing and mold toxicity:

“Regarding a possible mechanism for such a dramatic effect, toxicologists have shown that sweating is a major means of excreting both organochlorine pesticides

and a variety of toxic metals including cadmium, lead, and aluminum.

Surprisingly, substantially more of these toxic substances can be excreted via sweat than by urine, so increasing sweating became an effective means of enhancing excretion of toxic substances. Rea reported that the use of sauna therapy improved the condition of patients with confirmed exposure to mold (including stachybotrys), those who had mycotoxins (including ochratoxin) in their urine, and patients who had impaired neurocognitive testing or autonomic nervous system testing results and whose conditions were refractory to other treatments.

In a review of the high prevalence of fatal dementia in Finland, I noted that the frequent presence of mold in residential buildings is one of the contributing factors there. Similar problems with moldy environments exist throughout the world and are certainly common in the United States and Canada, 2 other countries with very high rates of dementia.” (2)

Detoxification through persperation

As the body begins to recruit the skin and the human ability to sweat as a means of detoxification, often individuals will experience an immediate increase in energy as the kidneys and liver are relieved from overtime duty!

Furthermore, the body is able to effectively remove toxins from the body at an exponential rate with intentional sweating as is seen in infrared sauna bathing. Infrared saunas are particularly effective because of the type of heat that is used: Radiant Heat.

Far infrared light has the ability to penetrate into the soft tissues of the body,  as opposed to the convection heat used in traditional saunas. This means that the internal temperature rises to induce even more prolific perspiration and therefore detoxification. 

The mold needs to leave the body in order for true healing to occur. The next stages of healing from mold toxicity by using an infrared sauna is two-fold: 1) Immunity must be increased after the weakening of this system from an overload of mold toxicity. 2) Mitochondrial metabolism will improve production of ATP, and therefore healthy overall blood and circulation.

Immunity And Infrared Sauna Bathing After Exposure To Mold

Many individuals exposed to mold will be immunocompromised, meaning that their immune system is weakened by the battle against mold. 

Both traditional and infrared saunas are excellent tools to improve the overall immune system by improving the overall creation of Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs). These tiny, yet mighty ‘protein chaperones’ are necessary for the creation of T-cells, a kingpin in the game of human immunity. 

Intra cellular health supported by HSPs

It is possible to launch a cascade of positive production of HSPs through all forms of thermal therapy (including cold therapy), but most individuals would agree that it is certainly more pleasant to spend twenty minutes in a comfortable sauna, rather than plunging themselves into an ice bath!

After exposure to mold toxicity it is paramount that individuals improve their immune system, and in order to do this effectively HSPs must be created at an exponential rate through immersion in high or low temperatures.

Even after a few weeks of sauna sessions, individuals report a stark improvement to how they feel overall, reporting contracting less viruses such as the common cold or flu.

Improve The Overall Quality Of Blood And Circulation With Infrared Light To Combat The Symptoms Of Mold Toxicity

When the body has been under the constant effect of toxic mold exposure, all systems of the physiological network have been compromised, including the energy conversion centers of each cell called the mitochondria. The key component that separates infrared sauna bathing from traditional saunas is simple: the power of near infrared light to effect positive change to mitochondrial metabolism through the process of photobiomodulation

In simple terms, the photoreceptors that line the membrane that surrounds the mitochondria in each cell are particularly sensitive to wavelength frequency of near infrared light (700-850 nanometers). With exposure to near infrared light mitochondria begin to convert energy more efficiently to improve the quality of blood (more rich in oxygen). As the cardiovascular system is engaged through exposure to heat and the body seeks to cool itself off through perspiration, this now oxygen rich blood begins to flow fluidly through the chambers of the heart to all portions of the body.

In essence, the body is being fed oxygen rich blood from the tips of the toes to the top of the head, and in short, the body begins to heal itself while the individual will experience more energy, clearer thinking, and less pain. 

Infrared Saunas Powerfully Improve The Autonomic Nervous System To Reduce The Effects Of Mold Toxicity On The Body

When the body is exposed to any type of threat, whether it be chemical or from a wild animal, the autonomic nervous system transfers into fight or flight to defend itself. This stress response is true even as it regards the threat from mold toxicity. Remaining in states of high stress reduces the quantity and quality of sleep, which is when most physical healing occurs. (4)

The warmth of the sauna will guide the autonomic nervous system out of states of hyper-vigilance back into states of relaxation where the body can redirect energy back into healing itself. Prolonged states of stress response inevitably leads to higher all cause mortality. To avoid a myriad of illnesses and accidents due to lack of sleep and rest, it is necessary to find tools to help the body relax. Regular sauna bathing is a robust means by which to curtail the autonomic nervous system back into healthy balance so that healing may begin. (4)

Use Infrared Saunas To Heal Fully From Exposure To Mold Toxicity

While it is true that the effects of exposure to mold can be devastating to individuals, there is a fairly simple and highly effective tool to use to reduce the damage from mold and encourage cellular healing: Infrared Saunas.

If you or anyone you know has been exposed to mold it is important to leave the building where the mold is, or remedy the situation, but more importantly there will need to be a time of healing for the body. Regular infrared sauna bathing may help to greatly reduce the negative effects of mold toxicity by doing the following: 

  • Detoxification From Harmful Substance
  • Improve Immunity
  • Aid In Energy Conversion At The Cellular Level
  • Balance The Autonomic Nervous System

Yes, it is terrible that so many individuals are exposed to mold toxicity, but the good news is that through regular infrared sauna bathing most individuals experience a full recovery!

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