The hidden dangers of mold in the home

After the increase in the amount of rain we’ve had recently, you might find mold in your home.

Additional rains on the east coast of Australia have recently kept humidity levels high, encouraging mold to grow in homes, which is not good for people’s health.

As mold exposure is a great stress on the body, much more magnesium than normal will be needed to detoxify, defend and rebalance.

—Sandy Sanderson. CEO of Elektra Magnesium

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, May 16, 2022 / — There has been a lot of additional rainfall on Australia’s east coast this year due to a particularly strong La Nina event and although many reports predict it will soon subside, a report by Weatherzone indicates that there is a 50-55% chance that La Nina will continue into our winter.

The problem with this extra rain is that humidity levels get high and mold will often increase if humidity is above 60%. At home, mold will grow on plastered walls, carpets, living room, curtains and clothes – and it can harm people’s health after being exposed to it.

Rain also brings rising damp from groundwater, which can cause mold to form inside walls. Elektra Magnesium CEO Sandy Sanderson works with people trying to mold detox and she says, “The cavity between the roof and the ceiling of your home can also breed mold if there is a slow leak from the roof. You could be breathing in mold spores without realizing it. One of The most common signs of mold is a musty smell.”

When asked why mold is so bad for people’s health, Ms Sanderson says it’s because exposure to mold can lead to a decrease in the body’s ability to fight infection by causing a disturbance in the number of white blood cells with inadequate production of cytokines.

“It can lead to a weakening of the immune system overall, especially if there is chronic exposure,” she says. “Some people – especially immunocompromised people and those with weaker immune systems – are more susceptible to mold than others.”

Ms. Sanderson explains that exposure to mold has been shown to cause symptoms such as: asthma, itchy eyes, nose and throat, headaches, anxiety, brain fog and lack of concentration, sleep, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, inflammation and excess mucus, sneezing, respiratory illness, fungal infections of the nails and other parts of the body, persistent skin disorders and rashes and, in the long term, cancer.

To avoid the health risks associated with mold, it is important to know how to clean and detox from mold exposure. According to Ms. Sanderson, there is a lot you can do to prevent or minimize mold growth. First of all, it’s a good idea to get a humidity meter to check the levels in your home and if it’s approaching 60% or more, then Ms Sanderson recommends getting a dehumidifier to help maintain humidity. low humidity. She also recommends getting an air purifier, as this will kill mold spores.

“If you think you have mold in your home, wear a mask and gloves and clean it using natural, non-toxic cleaners,” Sanderson says. “White vinegar is a popular choice as a cleaner because studies have shown it kills over 80% of mold spores.”

“You can mix some essential oils that have antifungal properties such as tea tree oil, neem oil, clove oil or citrus seed oil, diluted in water “, she adds. “Baking soda or borax diluted in water also works great. You can find recipes like these online. Also, be sure to clean your air conditioner regularly.”

As for clearing mold spores and their mycotoxins out of the body, Ms Sanderson says it can take a while: “The more stressed you are, the more your magnesium stores dwindle. As mold exposure is a big stress to the body, it will take a lot more magnesium than normal to detox, defend and rebalance,” she explains.

“You can eliminate some of these mycotoxins by taking activated charcoal or bentonite clay. Studies have shown that both of these products are able to attract and bind to mold toxins, helping the body eliminate them. The clay also imparts beneficial trace minerals along the way,” she adds.

“Certain essential oils like oregano, tea tree, melaleuca, and clove, or spices like cinnamon, inhibit the growth of fungus. Raw garlic, apple cider vinegar, and juice Teas like pau d’arco, ginger, olive leaf, tulsi (holy basil), peppermint, lavender, rosemary and turmeric also help detoxify.

“Helping the body adjust the pH upwards out of the acidic zone and into the alkaline zone will also help provide more oxygen and electrolyte energy conduction. This gives the immune system a boost. By adding a small amount of sodium bicarbonate (small pinch per litre) to drinking water containing magnesium, this will raise its pH,” says Sanderson.

According to Ms. Sanderson, magnesium is necessary for more than 300 essential biochemical reactions in the body, including strengthening the immune system.

“Indeed, it plays an essential role in the metabolism and production of our electrical energy currency – ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – by the mitochondria,” she explains. “Magnesium soothes inflammation. It has been shown to reduce excitotoxicity by protecting neural pathways in the brain and to help us recover from stress.”

“When combined with vitamin D, magnesium decreases the number of inflammatory proteins and increases anti-inflammatory proteins in the body. It also boosts virility of white blood cells and supports the immune system,” she says.

Ms. Sanderson says transdermal magnesium is a powerful way to increase magnesium levels in the body because it works faster than oral supplements and is more effective: “The most bioavailable form of magnesium that is easily absorbed by cells is magnesium chloride. People can soak in it or enjoy a super relaxing massage with Magnesium Cream or Magnesium Charge Lotion. These skin care products are well absorbed and they keep your skin beautiful and luxurious.”

“If you’re under a lot of stress and aren’t able to get enough magnesium from your diet, you might need around 1,000 mg a day,” she adds. “Eat foods rich in magnesium, such as green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds – and add magnesium chloride flakes to your drinking water and soak them through your skin. There is no risk of having too much on your hands, so it’s a good idea to try different things until you find what makes you feel better and stronger.”

Sandy Sanderson (Elektra Life Pty Ltd)
Magnesium Elektra
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