People with chronic health conditions, yeast-related symptoms, and weakened immune systems often develop sensitivities to the many chemicals and molds which surround us in our daily lives.
 

Chemical and mold sensitivities often develop very gradually over a period of repeated exposure. Many times there are no obvious links to the chemical or mold contact, making the specific source of sensitivities difficult to uncover. What’s more, as you develop one sensitivity, it may weaken your system enough to develop more sensitivities, further complicating the process of finding the source of your symptoms.

There are three basic types of sensitivity:

 

•  Toxicity or poison: lead and mercury poisoning are typical examples.

•  Allergies to particular plants or products, including pollen.

•  Multiple chemical sensitivities where your natural detoxification system              becomes less able or unable to cope with chemicals and/or molds to which              you are exposed. This can include almost anything in your environment.

Symptoms of these sensitivities can include:

•  Headaches

•  " Foggy " thinking

•  Fatigue

•  Dizziness

•  Depression

•  Muscle and joint aches

•  Runny nose and eyes

•  Sinus infections

•  Respiratory symptoms, including severe asthma symptoms

Remember, we are all exposed to some toxic chemicals - but you can minimize your exposures and that's what's important. Most of us are unaware we're developing chemical sensitivities until our bodies have exposed so often that we can no longer tolerate what once went unnoticed.

Review your daily environment. Exposure to some of these things might be causing difficulties for you:

•  Auto fumes

•  Tobacco smoke

•  Perfumes and scented cosmetic products

•  Cleaning products

•  Newsprint

•  Pesticides

•  Insecticides

•  Fumes from dry cleaning solvents

•  Fumes from copiers, office equipment

•  Electromagnetic radiation from computers, televisions, etc.

•  Gas vs. electric stove or heating unit

•  Synthetic clothes

•  Aerosol spray

•  Mercury amalgams and other dental composites

•  Fertilizers

•  Air fresheners

•  Glues

•  Paint, paint removers and varnishes

•  Carpet, upholstery, curtains treated with chemicals

•  Fingernail polish

•  Molds in schools, office buildings, homes, apartments

•  Buildings sealed without the ability to open windows

Take action to reduce your exposure:

•  Breathe outdoor air every day. Air out your house and office daily. Outside air is often less contaminated than indoor air, even taking into consideration the dangers of air pollution.

•  Remove as many chemicals from your house as possible . See the above list to help you understand what chemicals are harmful.

•  Avoid toxic cleaning products . Use baking soda, unscented soap, vinegar, lemon juice, or food grade hydrogen peroxide.

•  Use unscented products . This includes cosmetics, deodorants, soaps and laundry detergents.

•  Dry clean as few items as possible. When it is necessary to have clothing or other household items dry cleaned, remove them from the bags and air them out before you wear them.

•  Buy and eat organic foods and products as much as possible.

•  Take saunas. Sweating helps your body clear toxins.

 

•  Discuss antifungal drugs with your physician.

 

•  Make sure you're eating healthy, nutritious foods and using supplements to help your body maintain its naturally occurring detoxification system and keep your immune system strong. Try eating garlic and onions as often as possible to help your body's organ systems maintain healthy functioning.

•  Identify any food sensitivities. Explore the Phase 3 reassessment for step-by-step guidelines for the rotation diet to help you identify food sensitivities. See The Yeast Connection Cookbook for menus and recipe ideas for the rotation diet.

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