At The Center for Fully Functional® Health (CFFH), we treat lots of patients suffering from biotoxin/mycotoxin illness, otherwise known as ‘mold illness’ or CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome) as a result of exposure to water-damaged buildings. While we have a whole toolkit of treatment options, ultimately, our patients must minimize or eliminate biotoxin/mycotoxin exposure to make headway in health improvement.
We usually direct our patients to start by creating a safe place at home, because your home is where you spend the most time, and therefore get the most exposure.
Carpet is a huge reservoir for dust, allergens, and other environmental triggers. Additionally, it’s usually made of materials that are environmental triggers themselves. Swap carpet for hardwood flooring or tile.
Today’s homes are built tighter than ever before, which is great for energy efficiency but can be a huge health threat if the air isn’t properly filtered or exchanged with fresh air. According to the EPA, indoor air is 2x to 5x more toxic than outdoor air.¹
Get a hygrometer and monitor the humidity in your home. It should be below 55%. If it’s not, talk with an HVAC expert and/or get a dehumidifier. If you’re building a home in an area that is higher humidity in the summer, consider a dehumidifier that’s integrated into your overall HVAC plan, like an Ultra-Aire, which can bring in fresh air, filter it, and take 100+ gallons of water out of the air each day. The key to any of these tools is your use of them – they take monitoring and maintenance.
When you’re choosing paints, couches, picture frames, cabinetry, and other things to put on the inside of your home, pick things that have low chemical content. “No VOCs” can be a helpful indicator, but doesn’t cover all of the chemicals that you may be sensitive to. If you’ve already invested in items that may have higher than ideal chemical counts, consider swapping them out for healthier choices over time.
For more ideas on how to make your home healthier, check out Prescriptions for a Healthy House by Paula Baker-LaPorte.
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