In my recovery from toxic mold illness, no dietary changes have been more crucial to me than avoiding mold-containing foods. Once I learned that numerous foods could harbor mold, and thus worsen my symptoms, I became extremely vigilant about keeping these foods out of my diet. Below is a comprehensive list of foods that contain mold. You may want to avoid these foods if you are struggling with a chronic illness, as mold illness not only makes your body more sensitive to mold and mycotoxins in your environment, but it can also increase your sensitivity to the substances that you bring into your body as food.

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Chronic illnesses, such as Lyme disease and mold illness, often lead to concomitant struggles with mental health. A significant proportion of the mental health struggles chronic illness sufferers face is due to the fact that their lives have been turned upside-down by illness. The life changes induced by illness can be emotionally harrowing. However, chronic illness can also affect mental health in a physiological way. I believe that mold illness has an especially strong relationship with mental illness, due to the profound effects mycotoxins have on the brain. 

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A huge part of my health puzzle has been figuring out the food intolerances that I gradually developed as a result of Lyme disease, and finding ways to either manage them or overcome them. When the immune system is under stress due to a long-term infection, the hypersensitivity state the body has entered can cause the immune system to start reacting to a variety of foods that previously may not have bothered a person at all. People with Lyme disease often have to be very strict with their diets, as I have, in order to feel well. I personally found that avoiding the foods that I was sensitive to, at least for a time, helped my body heal fairly quickly.

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