Fungii or mold in food and the indoor environment can be very challenging to avoid, should you be one of those who become symptomatic upon exposure. Here is one family's story that may be helpful.
Creating a healthy inside environment for yourself and an unhealthy environment for mold can be accomplished. The following guidelines will help decrease incidence of mold in your office or home:
- Decrease humidity. Mold growth is discouraged when humidity is kept below 45% with a temperature around 70-75 degrees, but it is better controlled if the humidity is below 30%.
- Keep temperatures moderate
- Increase light
- Keep air circulating with plenty of fresh air. Use fans if necessary
- Keep food cold or frozen when storing
- Regularly clean heating/air conditioning ducts and coils
- Keep kitchen and bathroom dry, well vented, and cleaned with mold retardants
- Keep closets tidy, and don't store clothes or shoes that are damp
- Use HEPA/electrostatic filters in central system or portable ones in specific rooms
- Keep indoor plants to a minimum in mold-free soil
- Keep landscape clean. A filtration mask can help reduce mold exposure when working in the garden or yard. If tolerated, a 3-M mask with 99.97% efficiency at .3 microns will remove mold.
Foods to Avoid:
- All Sugars!
- Dried fruit; raisons, apricots, prunes, figs, etc.
- Aged cheese of any kind - Some cheeses are acceptable if milk is tolerable, e.g., cottage cheese, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and farmer's cheese.
- Mushrooms or fungi whatsoever, such as truffles, even avoid sprouts.
- Leftovers- Eat within 24 hours, unless frozen (microwave frozen food to thaw quickly).
- Breads. Malted means moldy. Dough conditioners are moldy. Sourdough or sourdough starter is the worst. (Sometimes labeled yeast-free) Bread develops surface mold within a day. Some tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cakes and cookies are usually yeast free, yet high in sugar content. You can buy sprouted bread with no yeast (Not sourdough) at the health food store.
- Sauerkraut. It has been fermented.
- Tomato Products; Juice, sauce, paste, ketchup, etc., are made from moldy tomatoes.
- Beer - The darker the beer, the more mold it contains.
- Wine & Wine Vinegar - White wine is least moldy; clear vinegar may be tolerated.
- Liquor - Vodka, tequila, clear rums are least moldy.
- Be careful of multi-B Vitamins - Many contain either yeast or mold (Rice hulls are moldy). Some are OK.
- Cider or fruit juice (juice contains mold as it is made with old fruit).
- Pickled and smoked meats and fish, including processed delicatessen foods, sausages, salami, bologna, frankfurters, corned beef and pickled tongue.
- Melons, except watermelon if very fresh and eaten same day.
Because so many things may contain mold/yeast, a strict diet such as suggested above should only be maintained for a short time, partly to confirm if this is a problem. Better to be strict for a while and discover if there is a connection for you, rather than haphazard / incomplete and remaining uncertain.